Oregon State University – Cascades fall 2020 move-in for students living on campus will feature enhanced health and safety measures, including COVID-19 testing.
The OSU-Cascades Office of Student Wellness will oversee self-administered COVID-19 testing of residential students during move-in. The tests will be processed by Summit Medical Group Oregon in Bend and results will be available to students via the OSU Student Health Services’ secure, online portal.
Students with negative tests will be cleared to move in to their rooms. If a student tests positive, they will be informed personally by a member of OSU Student Health Services and be required to isolate, either at home or in a designated isolation room in the residence hall.
The tests represent a snapshot in time and when on campus all students will be required to observe all OSU and local and state public health policies, including wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and limiting social gatherings and informal get-togethers to 10 people or less.
Additional health and safety measures for students living in the residence hall include:
If a student requires isolation, a staff member will check in with them regularly and direct them to academic and support resources as needed. Isolation spaces include a private bathroom.
To further support student health, a new Telehealth service is available to residential and commuting students. The service is free to students and offered through OSU Student Health Services. Telehealth provides students secure, HIPAA-compliant videoconference or phone access to a clinician. Students can also access a 24-hour nurse advice line.
During the school year, OSU researchers will conduct regular virus prevalence testing among students and employees, and monitor campus wastewater for genetic evidence of the virus that causes COVID-19. This work will be conducted under the umbrella of TRACE-COVID-19, OSU’s public health project, to better understand how COVID-19 is spreading.
About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 35 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.