June 01, 2022

Summer COVID Protocols

With Memorial Day behind us, it is time to provide an update about COVID protocols for the summer.

The campus is now largely dedensified and there are relatively few students living on the CAS campus over the summer. In light of these factors, we can again return to a mask-optional policy on the CAS campus. This means that masks are no longer required in Watzek Library, Pamplin, or residence hall common areas. Masks may continue to be required at specific events, or in specific areas, and any such requirements will be clearly communicated by the relevant dean, vice president, event organizer, or office. In addition, masks remain required for anybody who has been exposed as a close contact of a person with COVID within the last ten days, and for anybody who has completed their isolation period after testing positive for COVID in the last ten days.

Members of the campus community should make their own decision about mask wearing, taking into account their own particular risk factors, and keeping in mind Multnomah County’s recommendation of voluntary indoor mask wearing.

In addition, we have modified our approach to notifying the campus community about COVID cases. We will continue to provide contact tracing when notified of a positive case. Any person identified as a close contact of a positive case on campus will be notified via email as soon as possible. We will update overall COVID case numbers on the Confirmed Case Status Report webpage on a weekly basis. However, we have discontinued sending daily campus-wide emails about positive cases.

Finally, we have updated our guidance to students on campus due to the closure of Health Services for the summer.

Questions may be directed to Covid19info@lclark.edu (which is monitored during business hours, Monday through Friday, holidays excluded).

Thank you.