NOTE: This message was sent to the UO research community on Nov. 17, 2020
To combat the rising case count in Oregon, the Governor ordered a two-week freeze starting November 18 to limit the spread of COVID-19. The UO has released information on how this impacts our operations. This does not currently change our staged approach to research recovery. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and may make changes in the coming weeks.
The Governor also recently outlined a 14-day quarantine upon return from out of state travel. We expect that those in the research community will comply with this recommendation and understand that these recommendations may impact holiday travel plans.
We ask you to review your PI plans with your entire group and be vigilant about distancing, mask wearing, and hand hygiene, as well as disinfecting your research spaces. Please reinforce with your group that working remotely should be done whenever possible and individuals should stay home if they are not feeling well.
Our conservative approach to reopening and your great work in adhering to those guidelines and your plans continues to allow us to maintain our progress and inch forward without large outbreaks within the research community. We understand how onerous and fatiguing this is for everyone and appreciate your continued commitment to keeping the research community safe and open. Please be safe over the holiday week next week and quarantine if needed.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Research Professor, Institute for a Sustainable Environment
University of Oregon