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Oct. 8, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

EOU Employees and Students,

Earlier this year, EOU committed to work to hold Homecoming 2021 with safety measures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Over the last two months, we have tracked community transmission rates and assessed the potential impact, while monitoring peer institutions that have hosted similar festivities. Anticipated attendance works well within current university facilities capacity, enabling planned events to take place this weekend. 

The majority of events, including the community Homecoming parade, fun run, tailgate zone and games, are located outdoors. Organizers have arranged for smaller indoor events by significantly reducing capacity and viewing from a distance. For example, the Hall of Fame Ceremony typically draws 150 people in the Gilbert Center, and is expected to be approximately one-third  this year. The Alumni and Foundation annual meetings will also be held virtually to reduce in-person attendance.

Health and safety protocols, including face coverings and physical distancing where possible, will be followed for indoor and outdoor events throughout the weekend. 

All members of the university community are invited to participate in the Homecoming Parade through downtown La Grande. Line-up starts at 4:15 p.m. today near the Cook Memorial Library, and the parade begins at 5 p.m. Wear your EOU gear and join the fun!

Additional reminders for students and employees: 

  • Free vaccination clinics at CHD: Union County’s public health authority, CHD Inc., is offering free vaccinations in La Grande. These drop-in clinics take place at the Center for Human Development (2301 Cove Avenue), and offer first and second doses on a first-come, first-serve basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Friday.
  • Tuesday testing at Bi-Mart: Free COVID tests are available each Tuesday at the La Grande Bi-Mart. If you’re having trouble accessing a test, contact your supervisor or Human Resources. 

Regular hand-washing, proper face coverings and completing the Daily Health Check remain critical to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment. Contact your supervisor if you feel unwell, or if you have questions about COVID-19 safety measures. Do not come to campus if you are sick with any kind of COVID illness symptoms.

Thank you for your persistence in protecting the welfare of our campus community as we work to provide a high-quality education in rural Oregon. Find more information at eou.edu/coronavirus

Thank you, 

Executive Leadership Team