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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. 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 last updated Sept. 20. 

McMinnville Campus

Cumulative cases reported since July 1, 2021: 10

Cases are organized by date that Linfield reported them to the community. Numbers reported only included faculty, staff and students who had been on one of the campuses within two weeks of their diagnosis and whose cases were confirmed by a local health authority.

graph of COVID cases at Linfield's McMinnville campus

Portland Campus

Cumulative cases reported since July 1, 2021: Fewer than 5

Note: At the advice of our state and local health authorities, we will report zero cases until we have 1-4 cases on a campus. Then, we will report "fewer than five cases" until the fifth cumulative case of the semester to protect the privacy of affected individual(s). 

Cumulative Cases 2021-22

Represents all confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Linfield's faculty, staff and students at the McMinnville and Portland campuses from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Numbers will be reported once a campus has had five or more cases in a semester. View the academic year 2020-21 archive.

Reporting guidelines

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.

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) should follow instructions regarding quarantine, isolation and testing from the local public health authority. 


Quarantine and isolation

Fully vaccinated people who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, but are advised to closely monitor their health, wear a mask indoors around other people for the 14 days following exposure, and get tested 3-5 days after exposure. 

Unvaccinated people who are exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine immediately and follow the instructions from their local health authority regarding quarantine and testing. The normal range for quarantine is between 10-14 days.

Regardless of vaccination status, if anyone tests positive for COVID, then the infected individual will need to isolate following local health authority guidelines.


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.