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Last updated: 3/4/2022
Eastern Oregon University is currently updating the information on these pages in accordance with public health guidance and recommendations. For questions regarding this page, please click here to fill out this question form.
If you think you may have or been exposed to COVID-19, isolate yourself from others, do not come to campus, and follow the guidance below to determine what to do next.
The following guidance is for Eastern Oregon University students and employees (faculty, officers of administration, classified staff, student employees), and other affiliated individuals who are accessing university property. It has been created following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority guidelines, and in consultation with Union County Public Health.
Complete the Daily Health Check in Mountie Hub before arriving on campus each day, and as soon as possible if you are affected by COVID-19.
See below the table for definitions and clarifications of key terms and where to direct questions.
Close contact exposure — A “close contact exposure” is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period during the infected person’s period of transmissibility. In cases where a local public health department is involved, the university will defer to the local public health department in their determination about whether someone is a close contact and when the quarantine period ends.
Confirmed positive — A “confirmed positive” or “confirmed case” is defined by meeting confirmatory laboratory evidence for COVID-19.
Isolate — To “isolate” is to separate an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 from others in order to slow the spread of the disease. If an employee is asked to isolate at home and if the university previously authorized the employee to work remotely, and they are healthy enough to do so, then the employee may continue to work from home while isolating. The university also might authorize work-from-home if none is currently in place but work-from-home is appropriate for the work being performed.
Fully vaccinated — A person is “fully vaccinated” two weeks after they have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (this varies by manufacturer) including recommended booster dose(es).
Local public health department — The term “local public health department” refers to the health department of the affected person’s county of residence.
Not up to date — A person is “not up to date” if they are unvaccinated, have not completed the primary series of any COVID-19 vaccine, have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna over six months ago and is not boosted, or have completed the primary series of J&J over two months ago and is not boosted.
Up to date – A person is “up to date” if they are boosted within the last six months and have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last six months or completed the primary dose of J&J within the last two months.
Period of transmissibility — The “period of transmissibility” is the time frame an infected person can spread COVID-19. This period starts from two days before they have any symptoms (or, for an asymptomatic person, two days prior to positive sample collection date (test date)) until they meet criteria for ending quarantine.
Presumptive positive — A “presumptive positive” or “presumptive case” describes a person who, without a positive diagnostic test, is deemed positive for COVID-19 by Human Resources for employees, Student Affairs for students or Athletics for student-athletes as a result of having COVID-like symptoms and (Should be “or”) having been in close contact with a laboratory test confirmed case.
Quarantine — To “quarantine” is to separate an individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 from any other individuals, including others who have also been exposed. The purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating and restricting the movement of individuals who were exposed to minimize the exposure of others and to monitor if they become sick. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they have been a close contact unless they develop COVID-19 symptoms. If an employee is asked to quarantine at home and if the university previously authorized the employee to work remotely, then the employee may continue to work from home while in quarantine. The university also might authorize work-from-home if none is currently in place but work-from-home is appropriate for the work being performed.
Symptomatic — A person is considered “symptomatic” when they have any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19, when they are different from one’s baseline (known preexisting condition): Fever or chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.