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COVID-19 information for students

For the most up-to-date information about COVID and OHSU, see the COVID-19 page in O2, including the COVID vaccines page, and OHSU Onward Student section.

Managing Student Exposures to COVID-19

If a student thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 regardless of whether that exposure occurred while performing academic work or in the community, they should:

1. Determine whether this is a significant exposure.  Refer to the Criteria for Workplace or Community COVID-19 Exposures document for helpful information.

2. If the exposure falls into the high-risk category, report this using the Online Reporting Tool.  An automated email will be sent to your OHSU email with instructions on what to do next.

3. Review the Student Exposures to COVID-19 Protocol to determine what to do next based on the location of the exposure and your home campus.

*Portland-campus students rotating at sites outside of OHSU (Campus for Rural Health, Legacy, out-of-state away rotations, etc.) and Regional Campus students (Ashland, Monmouth, Klamath Falls, La Grande): please carefully review this protocol as you may need to notify your site's occupational health services or your local student health center.  These groups are not notified via OHSU's Online Reporting Tool.

Academic Guidance for Students with COVID-19 Exposures is available on the OHSU Students Onward page.

No-cost testing is available for OHSU students: 

Option 1: Saliva PCR test kits are available for pick up without an appointment at Student Health during regular business hours​​​​​​. Please fill out this Qualtrics survey to request a test kit (FOR OHSU STUDENTS ONLY).  You will receive an automated email confirming the request has been received. You will receive a second email when the test kit is ready for pick up at the Student Health and Wellness Center in the basement of Baird Hall, Room 18. Test kits will be ready for pick up within one business day of submitting your request. 

**Do not come pick up your test kit until you receive the second email confirming your test kit is ready for pick up.** 

Test kits include

  • One saliva PCR test kit to complete same day and return to Student Health for processing. 

Option 2: Limited availability for in-clinic nasal swab PCR testing by appointment at the Student Health and Wellness Center. Please call 503-494-8665 to schedule an appointment. 

Option 3: You are eligible for 8 free at-home rapid antigen tests per month per person using your personal health insurance at your local pharmacy. For students on SHIP, please review the PacificSource website for coverage details. If you do not have a student health insurance plan, you will need to check with your insurance to determine coverage.

  • If you have tested positive, stay home and avoid contact with other people.
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, difficulty speaking due to shortness of breath, or bluish/gray lips or face go to the Emergency Room NOW.
  • If you need medical care related to a COVID-19 infection, please call Student Health at 503-494-8665, option 1 to make an appointment.
  • Students with positive test results are required to report positive results (even those obtained at Student Health or Occupational Health) via Enterprise Health and notify their program directly of their in-person restrictions and return to work date.

How to complete the one-minute survey on Enterprise Health:

  1. Log in with your OHSU username and password
  2. Go to the 'Forms/Surveys' menu
  4. Complete the 1-minute survey
  5. Click 'SUBMIT'

An automated email will be sent to your OHSU email address after you complete the survey.

When can you return to in-person academic experiences after a positive COVID-19 test?

Please refer to the return-to-work calculator and calendar guide on Occupational Health's Illness Exclusion and Exposures page to determine what day you can return.  

For additional information about the safe return to campus for COVID-19-positive students, please refer to OHSU's Guidelines for Illness Exclusion and Return to Work which also applies to students.

  • If you have symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with other people.
  • For severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, difficulty speaking due to shortness of breath, or bluish/gray lips or face go to the Emergency Room NOW.
  • For mild to moderate symptoms, please call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 503-494-8665, option 1 to make a virtual appointment for medical care, to discuss options for testing, and to review criteria for the safe return to in-person academic work.
  • For additional information about the safe return to campus for COVID-19 positive students, see the O2 COVID-19 page and refer to OHSU's Guidelines for Illness Exclusion and Return to Work which also applies to students. 

Having to isolate during illness or quarantine after a high-risk exposure can be stressful. Separating yourself from others in these circumstances, while difficult, is a very important way to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Student Health would like to support you while you are in quarantine or isolation. Please stay home and away from others during the entire time you have been quarantined or isolated. You can find information about how to safely leave your home after quarantine here and after isolation hereIf you have a positive COVID-19 test and are returning to campus after completing the recommended period of isolation, please schedule an appointment with a Student Health provider for clearance.

Resources for how to care for your home, as well as what to do when living in close quarters or shared housing can be found on the CDC website. Mental health resources can be found on our Behavioral Health page. Food resources, including the ordering form for the grocery bag delivery program, can be found on our Food Resource Center page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

We encourage students to get vaccinated as a way to protect themselves and their community. Vaccines are safe and effective and convenient locations to receive vaccination can be found both on and off campus. Boosters are also an essential part of increasing vaccine effectiveness. Although Student Health does not currently have vaccines available at our health center, you can get vaccinated (including receiving boosters) at no cost at an OHSU Health pharmacy, OHSU Occupational Health, or other community vaccine site.  Appointments can be made at OHSU Occupational Health through Enterprise Health. More information about available walk-in hours or instructions on how to make an appointment elsewhere can be found here.

If you receive the vaccine outside of OHSU or are declining it, please report your vaccine status to Enterprise Health.  Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions on how to upload your vaccine information can be found here.

For ongoing updates and a detailed FAQ, see the OHSU COVID-19 vaccine page as well as OHSU Now.

Any time! It is no longer necessary to space COVID-19 vaccines 14 days apart from other vaccines. CDC guidance on this has changed. You may get a COVID-19 vaccine on the same day or within 14 days of other vaccines, including the Hep. B series.

According to the CDC, "this was out of an abundance of caution and not due to any known safety or immunogenicity concerns. However, substantial data have now been collected regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by FDA for use under EUA...COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days." (Read the full policy announcement here).  

Contact with questions or clarifications. 

Many people aren't sure if they want a COVID-19 vaccine. You might have questions about side effects. Maybe you heard that vaccines can affect your DNA or fertility. Or maybe you just want to wait and see how it goes for other people.

These are all understandable. It's smart to weigh risks and benefits when deciding about your health. To help, we've gathered some facts for you to consider. We also offer ways to learn more. We want to help you make the best decision for yourself and your family. Download our guide on getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

7 facts about COVID vaccines:

  • Vaccines keep people from going to the hospital or dying because of COVID-19.
  • Side effects are usually mild to moderate, lasting only a day or two.
  • Vaccines can’t track you, affect your DNA, damage your fertility or give you COVID-19.
  • Getting a vaccine is especially important for people of color.
  • Vaccines are safe. They were tested in tens of thousands of people, including people of color.
  • Vaccines contain no fetal tissue or fetal cells.
  • You won’t pay any money for a vaccine.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine as well as hear from experts and community members  here.

OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU. 

This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception prior to the start of the academic program. Admission into OHSU academic programs is considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements by the first day of their academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be withdrawn and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities. 

Students admitted into non-clinical programs who have received exceptions will be required to complete COVID-19 testing as specified by OHSU and will receive additional direction related to required safety standards and practices. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.

All current students are required to maintain compliance with OHSU's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Now that employees and students are scheduling vaccinations at public vaccination clinics, OHSU has expanded its reporting options. Similar to flu vaccines, all OHSU members that get a COVID-19 vaccine outside of OHSU Occupational Health are asked to report vaccine information through Enterprise Health. You may also decline vaccination through this same process.

To report your vaccine status:

  • Log in to Enterprise Health
  • Click on the tab to "Upload COVID Vaccine documents" (left-hand side of the screen)
  • Follow the prompts to complete the process.

You can always update or edit your record or declination as well.

What is happening at Student Health and Wellness (SHW) during modified operations? (current as of 5/10/2022)

Student Health remains open and dedicated to providing OHSU students, their adult dependents (for primary care only), and postdocs with excellent and confidential primary care, behavioral health, and wellness services.  Below are the major updates.

Primary Care:

  • Visits can be scheduled virtually or in-office.  Please call 503-494-8665, Option 1 to schedule.  Or, for primary care Virtual Visits, you can schedule via MyChart if you already have a primary care provider at SHW.  
  • Billing is the same for Virtual Visits and in-office primary care visits; view our Fees and Billing page for details.
  • Change to visitor policy: Student Health follows OHSU's Visitor Policy.  Please keep in mind that the SHW clinic is small and in an effort to maximize physical distancing, we are asking patients to discourage visitors from coming into the clinic whenever possible.  We have excellent support staff available to provide support during office visits and procedures.
  • Students must be in the state of Oregon at the time of their Virtual Visit. If you are permanently or temporarily residing/traveling in another state at the time of your appointment, please call SHW at 503-494-8665, option 1 or email to reschedule your visit for a time when you are in Oregon.  Student Health can no longer provide care outside of Oregon, as all states have moved away from allowing interstate care (which had been a limited-time exception during the pandemic).

Behavioral Health:

  • Appointments are available via telemedicine.  If you have concerns and want to speak with a therapist, please call us to schedule a 20-minute phone consult with a provider.  Phone screens can be scheduled quickly and allow us to better understand your needs, and make recommendations about treatment options.
  • Crisis care is still available: students or postdocs experiencing a mental health crisis at any time should call SHW at 503-494-8665. We now have crisis support available after hours through the Protocall service (call SHW and select option 5).  Additional crisis resources include: the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Crisis Text Line by texting "Hello" to 741741, and BIPOC support line at 503-575-3764.
  • Virtual group therapy is available; contact us for details.
  • Students must be in the state of Oregon at the time of their Virtual Visit. If you are permanently or temporarily residing/traveling in another state at the time of your appointment, please call SHW at 503-494-8665, option 1 or email to reschedule your visit for a time when you are in Oregon.  Student Health can no longer provide care outside of Oregon, as all states have moved away from allowing interstate care (which had been a limited-time exception during the pandemic).
  • Sign up on Compass for a live, interactive webinar offering introductory suicide prevention training led by Suicide Prevention Coordinator Dr. Hannah Hoeflich.  See flyer for details.


Food Resource Center:

Integrative Medicine:

  • Massage appointments are available for OHSU student for free. Acupuncture is available (self pay or insurance billing) - call for details.

Online Resources:

For all appointments, if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms, please call us prior to your appointment to help determine the most appropriate care.

SHW staff are working closely with OHSU healthcare and academic leaders to support students and post-doctoral scholars during this evolving situation. Your first stop for information should be OHSU's COVID-19 O2 page where the most up-to-date information can be found.  OHSU Now also has many important updates.  

Additional information about COVID-19

The CDC has excellent information on how COVID-19 is thought to spread and how to protect yourself, your family, and your home.

There are many helpful guidelines to follow from CDC and OHSU:

  • All individuals at OHSU -- patients, visitors, members -- are expected to follow Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette, which includes covering a cough and sneeze, performing hand hygiene and masking of individuals with respiratory symptoms, and to follow the Illness Among OHSU Workforce Members Policy.
  • Clean your hands often.  Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If you aren't able to wash you hands, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, where possible.
  • Physical distancing: since the virus is thought to spread mainly by close person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet) and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, the CDC's How to Protect Yourself page suggests putting distance between yourself and other people in places where COVID-19 is spreading in the community. CDC and OHSU have also issued guidance to support physical distancing.
  • If you're sick: stay home, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  If you need care, call SHW or your primary care provider.

SHW staff are here to help support you and direct you to the care you need.  Please call us at 503-494-8665, Option 1 with any additional questions or concerns.