Things to Know
As of Wednesday, 75 Oregonians have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Four were in Marion County. Willamette still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. That said, it is likely a matter of time before this changes, especially as testing becomes more widely available to Oregonians. Some of you may have heard rumors of Willamette students testing positive. (Again, I know of no confirmed positive cases at this time.) It is more likely that a student or staff has been exposed or think they have COVID-19. I spoke with Marion County Health Department to talk through this issue and was reminded by them of a few important things: (1) It is critically important that we manage our emotions, which are understandably running very high. (2) If and when a person is confirmed to have COVID-19, the county will manage all notifications to anyone impacted in the person's community. And, a person has a right to their privacy, meaning we will likely not know who the person is. (3) The actions already taken by Willamette — social distancing, online classes, hand washing reminders, symptom identification, telecommuniting, staying home when we are sick, directions to call your physician if symptoms develop, etc. — are the best things we can do to stop the spread of the virus. (4) Because a person may have COVID-like symptoms and may have had contact with others in our community is not enough to trigger a community notification from a public health perspective. The advice offered in point #3 stands as the best response we have. (5) We need to behave like everyone in our community is potentially contagious. So please, please, please take these social distancing and telecommuniting recommendations seriously. Please continue to go to willamette.edu/go/covid for FAQs and the university's most up-to-date information.
Don Thomson, Director of Bishop Wellness Center
The March 19 order prohibits universities from conducting in-person classes and limits all on-campus operations to critical functions.
Office of the Governor
WEB and CSL cancel events. Collegian moves online.
Office of Student Activites
We will no longer be delivering packages to departments. See this full announcement for details and procedures.
Check here for the most current information on dining operations. Students with board plans will be covered for spring break meals.
Please send all COVID-related submissions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other announcements can be submitted via the regular form.
Tom Mayhall Rastrelli
Interruptions, staying connected and video meetings are now facts of life. Need help?
In response to suggestions by the CDC and WU health professionals, SOAR Center hours will be limited.
SOAR Center Coordinators