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Aug. 20, 2021 – COVID Update

A message from EOU INFOLINE

Dear EOU Community, 

Please read below for this week’s important updates regarding the university’s ongoing pandemic response as we continue planning for in-person classes and activities on the main campus this fall.

Updated EOU Face Covering Policy 

  • Proper face coverings required indoors for groups and shared areas, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Face coverings are not required outdoors.
  • Face coverings are not required for individuals working alone in an indoor space that is enclosed (floor-to-ceiling walls and a closed door).

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics in La Grande

  • The current surge has resulted in record high daily case numbers and hospitalizations across the state, affecting the number of ICU beds available for all serious illnesses—particularly in our rural region. 
  • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can spread the Delta variant, but those who become severely ill and hospitalized are overwhelmingly unvaccinated (see attached image).
  • EOU strongly encourages employees, students and partners to get vaccinated. Visit chdinc.org to learn more about free drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in La Grande.                                                                 

Virtual Chat Room in early September

  • Watch your email for details and an invitation soon!

Room capacity signs and physical distancing

  • Facilities staff will be removing room capacity signage in some areas, including classrooms. This reflects current guidance from OHA and the governor’s office, as well as the university’s updated policies for health and safety.

As always—if you’re experiencing any symptoms of illness, do not come to campus. Report to your supervisor immediately. If you have questions about sick leave, contact HR at hr-group@eou.edu.

Basic behaviors like hand-washing and completing the Daily Self-Check before arriving on campus remain key to mitigating the spread of disease. Visit eou.edu/coronavirus for FAQs regarding the vaccination requirement.

Thank you, 

Executive Leadership Team