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OHSU Covid-19 Response (updated 1.31.2022)


As the omicron surge continues, and we see unprecedented case numbers across the state and the nation, we need to share some important information with you.

Help minimize the spread

  • Masks are required in OHSU managed buildings at all times. Masks must also be worn when traveling via the aerial tram. Students in non-clinical areas, such as classrooms, are encouraged to wear a procedure masks instead of cloth masks. If you are more comfortable using an N95, please work with your program administrator to obtain one.
  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
  • No food or drink is allowed during in-person learning activities.
  • Complete the COVID Access Pass before coming to campus.
  • You are expected to review and understand:

Accessing antigen kits — for students with COVID symptoms or a suspected exposure

Follow this link for information on accessing antigen and saliva PCR tests in relation to a positive COVID test. In terms of accessing antigen test kits for general use e.g. in situations where a student has COVID symptoms or a suspected exposure, OHSU’s Occupational Health team is in the process of shipping antigen kits to educational programs across the institution. Once received, your programs will connect with you to share information around how to acess them, so please stay tuned. We hope that these kits will be another step on the path to minimizing transmission and keeping our people safe.

Follow this link for more info on isolation and in-person learning, as well as advice on how to access saliva PCR and antigen tests

Student Health and Wellness resources

Please check the Student Health and Wellness (SHW) website in O2 and the SHW COVID-19 page for up-to-date information on SHW services, hours, resources, and other changes. If you need help from the SHW team but are unsure about which type of appointment is best, call 503-494-8665, option 1, and staff will assist you.

Student Health and Wellness remains open and available to support students. Both in-person and virtual visits are available for primary care, and virtual visits are available for behavioral health. Virtual visits use secure systems that maintain your privacy.

Please know that SHW has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support students of any gender who are survivors of sexual misconduct. Details can be found here.

SHW also has a confidential after-hours crisis line for students and postdocs; just call 503-494-8665 and following the prompts to get connected to a counselor when SHW is closed.

OHSU Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

View the full text of OHSU Policy 03-30-150: Covid-19 Immunizations and Education.

All admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception prior to the start of the academic program. If you are returning from a Leave of Absence and have not yet done so, please confirm your compliance with OHSU’s Covid-19 poicy in Enterprise Health. If you were vaccinated at an OHSU site, your vaccination information should already be logged. If you received a vaccination somewhere other than OHSU, you will need to upload your records. Visit this OHSU Now page for more information and detailed instructions. If you need technical assistance, contact shwcompliance@ohsu.edu.

Get vaccinated

If you are returning for the Spring 2022 term and you still need your vaccination, visit this page for information on where you can get one. You must be fully vaccinated when the term begins.

Submit a medical or religious exception

Medical or religious exception requests should be submitted as soon as possible, so that if your request is denied, you still have time to get vaccinated before the term begins Please use the forms linked below. After you have completed the medical or religious exception form, upload it to Enterprise Health. Once you’re logged in, click on the button for “COVID-19 declination form.”

Questions about Vaccines, Testing, Exposure, and More

Answers to frequently asked questions about vaccines, testing, managing exposure to Covid-19, wellness resources, and more, can be found on OHSU’s Student Health and Wellness O2 Intranet site here: https://o2.ohsu.edu/student-central/health-wellness/services/coronavirus.cfm