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Linfield COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 on our Campuses

Linfield University is committed to updating our community on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and employees at our McMinnville and Portland campuses. Updated weekly, the data on this page reflects individuals with a positive COVID-19 test who visited one of Linfield’s campuses at least once in the 14 days prior to testing positive and whose test is confirmed by a public health authority.

 

This page was updated Nov. 23, 2020. Next update will be Nov. 30, 2020.

 

McMinnville Campus

Total cumulative cases since July 1, 2020: 17

line chart of confirmed cases of COVID on McMinnville campus

 

Portland Campus

Total cumulative cases since July 1, 2020: Fewer than 5 

 

Visit Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 updates to view test results by county and statewide.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Guidance from public health officials prevents Linfield University from announcing a positive COVID-19 case on campus unless it is confirmed by Yamhill County Public Health or the Multnomah County Health Department. Any release of information would be made in concert with public health authorities. Linfield is committed to maintaining the privacy of any community members who test positive for COVID-19 in accordance with FERPA and HIPAA guidelines.

If you have are at high risk of exposure from someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by one of the local health authorities or a member of the university’s contact tracking team (Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center; Student Life Portland, Human Resources). If in the course of the ​case investigation it is deemed that you do not have a high risk of exposure, you will not be contacted. 

Self-reporting:

If you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19, you must notify the university.

How you can help:

The most helpful thing you can do is to follow the precautionary measures established by the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC related to wearing face coverings, observing physical distancing and increasing hygiene.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you can help by following isolation protocols and providing a thorough list of individuals with whom you have been in close proximity for 15 minutes or longer for the sake of contact tracing.  

What to expect when a case is confirmed:

Linfield will follow the guidance of Yamhill County Public Health, the Multnomah County Health Department and the CDC, which recommends sharing information about COVID-19 in ways that do not increase fear and/or stigma. Because of that, we plan to update the COVID-19 case count here weekly and provide updates in Linfield Ahead. The university will not make general announcements when a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19.

Contact tracing:

The local public health authority will be notified of any positive cases on campus. They will begin contact tracing with the assistance from the Student Health, Counseling and Wellness Center ​on the McMinnville campus, Student Life on the Portland campus or human resources for employees.

If a student, faculty or staff has been in close contact with a member of the Linfield community who has tested positive, they will be notified privately and in a timely manner through contact tracing led by the local public health authority. If they have been exposed, either the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (McMinnville students), Student Life (Portland students) or Human Resources (employees) will provide the individual with specific directions regarding staying home, testing and returning to campus.

Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g., by a household member, roommate) within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from the local public health authority.

  • Students, faculty, or staff will be notified if the local public health officials, in the course of the infection investigation determine there is a risk of exposure warranting notification.
  • Given all the mechanisms in place such as face coverings, physical distancing, disinfecting surfaces and hand sanitizing, it is possible that public health will not consider a faculty member or others in the classroom to have been exposed and there will be no formal notification.
  • Students, faculty or staff should seek a COVID test, if advised to do so by public health.
  • Testing after​ documented infection is not advised because non-infectious viral remnants may be present for days to weeks after the illness and infectivity have cleared.

If a student tests positive:

If a student tests positive, the student will be contacted by the local health authority, Student Health, Wellness and Counseling or Student Life. If a student lives in campus housing, they will either be moved into an on-campus, dedicated isolation room or they may choose to return to their off-campus home​ for the entirety of the isolation period. Students will remain in this room for a period of 10 days from either the day first symptoms developed or were tested AND are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Students will be medically cleared and released from isolation housing.