We’ve gathered resources to help you stay up to date. 

Updates:

Staying safe

OHSU experts urge Oregonians — including those who are vaccinated — to do at least two of the following. Oregon is still seeing hundreds of new COVID-19 cases a day.

  1. Wear a mask indoors in all public spaces or with people outside your household. Wear a mask outdoors when you can't stay 6 feet from others.
  2. Limit gatherings. If you do gather, do it outside.
  3. Stay 6 feet from others whenever possible.

OHSU officials also recommend:

  • Get vaccinated. It's the single best thing you can do to prevent severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • Limit interactions with others. Keep distance between your unvaccinated child and other people in public.
  • Limit activities that could lead to an injury needing hospital care.
  • If you're an unvaccinated adult, stay home and limit community interactions as much as possible.  

COVID-19 testing options

OHSU offers:

  • Testing for nearly all community members, by appointment
  • Testing at OHSU clinics, by appointment

Important things to know:

  • There is no cost to you for testing. We will bill your health insurance if you have it, but you won't pay anything.
  • You do not need to show ID or proof of citizenship. 
  • You do not have to have health insurance.

Find other options through the Oregon Health Authority test-site finder.

Testing for community members

  • This testing is for all community members. (Exception: Infants younger than 2 months old who have symptoms will not be tested and should see a primary care provider.)
  • You do not need to be an OHSU patient. (Exception: Patients from other health systems who need a test before a medical procedure or hospital care need to get testing from their own system.)
  • You can get testing for nearly any reason: before an OHSU procedure, for travel or work, because you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, or other reasons. Please check travel rules for your destination.
  • Make an appointment online; or by calling 833-647-8222, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • This is a drive-through site.

Portland Expo Center
2060 N. Marine Drive (enter from North Expo Road)
Portland, OR 97217

Map and directions

Hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Make an appointment by calling 503-494-1700.
  • This is an indoor site.

OHSU Immediate Care Clinic, Beaverton
15700 S.W. Greystone Court
Beaverton, OR 97006

Map

Hours: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Programe una prueba gratis en español

Hable con alguien en español para programar una prueba gratis de COVID-19 en OHSU Health Community Site (Portland Expo Center). Llame al 503-437-9074, de 8 a. m. a 8 p. m. entre semana y de 10 a. m. a 6 p. m. los fines de semana.

Обратитесь к русскоговорящему специалисту, чтобы записаться на бесплатный тест на COVID-19 в OHSU Health Community Site (Portland Expo Center). Позвоните по номеру 503-386-0673 с 08:00 до 20:00 в будний день или с 10:00 до 18:00 в выходной.

Other testing options

This testing is for established patients.

  • Hillsboro Medical Center Primary Care Clinic, South Hillsboro, an OHSU Health partner clinic
    7545 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway
    Hillsboro, OR 97213
    By appointment only (usually available same or next day)
    Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    503-681-4223
  • Hillsboro Medical Center Primary Care Clinic, Forest Grove, an OHSU Health partner clinic
    1825 Maple St.
    Forest Grove, OR 97116
    By appointment only (usually available same or next day)
    Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    503-359-6180

This testing is for patients 2 months and older:

  • Adventist Health Urgent Care - Sandy, an OHSU Health partner clinic
    17055 Ruben Lane
    Sandy, OR 97055
    By appointment only. Call to schedule or visit  www.adventisthealth.org/Portland/urgentcare. A virtual visit or provider consultation is required prior to receiving a COVID-19 test.
    Weekdays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
    Weekends, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    503-668-8002

  • Adventist Health Urgent Care - Parkrose, an OHSU Health partner clinic

    1350 N.E. 122nd Ave. Suite 200
    Portland, OR 97230
    By appointment only. Call to schedule or visit  www.adventisthealth.org/Portland/urgentcare. A virtual visit or provider consultation is required prior to receiving a COVID-19 test.
    Weekdays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Weekends, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    503-408-7008

Learn how your child can get free weekly COVID-19 PCR tests through their school.  

Kaiser, Legacy and Providence patients may be tested at OHSU Multnomah Pavilion and OHSU Immediate Care Clinic, Beaverton. (Exception: If you are seeking testing before a medical procedure or hospital care, you will be directed back to your system.)

Learn about other testing options:

OHSU COVID-19 forecast

OHSU’s lead data scientist, Peter Graven, Ph.D., provides weekly updates and forecasts on COVID-19 in Oregon. His work began as the pandemic emerged and helps inform the Oregon Health Authority.

This week's forecast was completed Oct. 21 

Media: Previous forecasts are available. Please call 503-494-8231 or email news@ohsu.edu

Learn about the model.

OHSU COVID Forecast cover image
  • While the number of patients needing hospital beds declined to 562 as of Oct. 19, the decline was a bit flat during the week.
  • Region 7 continues to show slower declines in hospitalizations than other parts of Oregon.
  • Data shows the rate of mask wearing for unvaccinated Oregonians (49%) is about half that of those who are vaccinated (89%). Unvaccinated Oregonians are also more likely to attend large events indoors.
  • As of Oct. 18, 22% of occupied ICU beds had COVID patients in them statewide, a continued decrease from the prior week.
  • Case rates continue to decline and have now dropped to previous fall/winter surge levels.
  • The forecast continues to show a general decrease in hospitalizations over the next two to three months. As of Oct. 19, 24% of Oregon’s population remains susceptible to COVID-19 infection in coming months.
  • The vaccine efficacy rate in the model has been adjusted downward (from 95% to 90% against severe disease) based on published estimates.
  • The fear portion of the fear and fatigue cycle has been modified to account for the lack of a projected surge.

OHSU tools

Do you have questions about coronavirus symptoms and care? If so, please contact your primary care provider. If you don’t have one, call us at 833-647-8222, and we'll answer your questions. We are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Try our coronavirus screening tool in MyChart, our online patient portal. The tool asks you to fill out a brief questionnaire, then provides guidance on next steps. You'll need to sign in to MyChart as an OHSU patient.

  • You can download the MyChart app from Apple or Google.
  • Or you can log in to MyChart on a desktop or laptop.
Screenshot of "At-home care for people with COVID-19" guide

OHSU offers this downloadable guide on caring for a COVID-19 patient at home. Steps outline how to protect patients, families and caregivers.

Please see our form to provide meals, snacks, cards and other items to support OHSU's front-line workers. The OHSU Wellness Task Force will review and approve the form within about one week, then send you a confirmation email with items to donate and next steps.

OHSU visitor policy

OHSU Hospital Acceptable Masks and Face Coverings for Patients, Employees, Staff, Visitors - updated Sept. 22, 2020

Everyone age 2 and older must wear a mask in the hospital. 

Download our flyer on acceptable masks.

Under Oregon law, people with disabilities have the right to have support from people they trust while they are in the emergency department or hospital.

Please see "Patient rights to have support people" on our For Patients and Visitors page.

Patients cannot bring visitors to clinic appointments. A child visiting our outpatient clinics may have one healthy adult with them.

Exception: New parents can bring their nursing baby who is 6 months or younger to appointments with them.

  • In most cases, patients in the hospital cannot have visitors.
  • One healthy adult at a time may visit a patient who just had a baby. Up to two different adults may visit during your stay.
  • Two healthy adults may visit a patient in labor. A doula is considered one of those visitors.
  • One healthy parent or guardian at a time and up to two per day may visit:
    • A newborn in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
    • A baby in the hospital nursery.
    • A child's hospital room.
    • A child having a procedure or surgery.
  • One healthy parent or guardian may come with a child who needs emergency care.
  • One healthy parent or guardian at a time may visit a child in the hospital who has COVID-19. They must stay in the child's room.
  • Two healthy adults at a time and up to four per day may visit a patient during end-of-life care.

We ask that all visitors and support people be fully vaccinated OR have a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 72 hours.

For adult patients:

  • Patients are required to have a responsible adult (age 18 or older) available by phone to learn discharge instructions and to take them home after their surgery/procedure.
  • If you have a disability and need help speaking with hospital staff, deciding on health care, understanding health care information, or doing daily tasks, you can name at least three support people/caregivers and have one support person/caregiver with you in the hospital.
  • Because of limited space to allow for physical distancing, we ask that the person do one of the following during the surgery or procedure:
    • Stay within 50 miles and cell service of OHSU and the surgery or procedure is expected to last at least three hours.
    • Wait in their car in a place with good cell service.
    • Wait in a designated waiting area.

For children:

  • One healthy adult can be with a pediatric patient for check-in and in the pre/post-procedure area.
  • Prenatal visits: No visitors may come with you.
  • Labor and delivery: Two healthy adults can come with you into the hospital and to the labor floor. We ask that they stay with you at all times.

See the “Visiting patients in the hospital” section above for more details on visits with new moms and newborns.

Patients have the right to refuse COVID-19 testing when seeking emergency care at OHSU. Any patients who come to OHSU with an emergency, including active labor, will receive care regardless of whether they agree to testing.

When COVID testing is declined, health care personnel base their use of PPE on the assumption that the patient could have COVID-19. Our visitor policy describes when visitors are allowed for patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

OHSU operations

Learn how we are protecting patient safety during the pandemic. If you have questions about a planned surgery, please contact your clinic.

Surgeries, procedures and appointments: Most services are available. To check on upcoming appointments, you can call your clinic or check MyChart.

Clinical trials: OHSU halted in-person visits for studies that are not medically necessary. Contact your team or principal investigator with questions specific to your study.

Events: Many events have been canceled. You should hear from organizers, or check the event listing.

Tram: The Portland Aerial Tram is open but with restrictions. Learn more and find alternatives.

Transportation and parking: Find detailed updates on OHSU parking, shuttles, badge access, bike valet services, ride sharing and more.

COVID-19 is considered “long COVID-19” when symptoms last longer than 28 days. We  offer a program and team of specialists to help you manage this condition.

Learn how OHSU is protecting patients so you can be comfortable getting health care for yourself and your family members. We’ve greatly expanded virtual video visits. We’ve also added a range of screening, distancing and cleaning measures.

Early studies suggested that blood type could affect the risk of getting the coronavirus and becoming seriously ill from it. Newer studies (from New York Presbyterian Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital), though, found little difference. In any case, OHSU is unable to do blood-type tests unless medically necessary.

Dr. Jordan Young (left) and Dr. Ran Ran put on protective gear before entering a patient room in OHSU’s Emergency Department.
Dr. Jordan Young (left) and Dr. Ran Ran put on protective gear before entering a patient room in OHSU’s Emergency Department.

OHSU news on COVID-19

See more OHSU news on COVID-19

Where to learn more

COVID-19 vaccines

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccines: Information and Appointments page to: 

  • Find locations and hours of OHSU vaccination sites
  • Find other places to get a vaccine
  • Find a vaccine FAQ and where to learn more

Unsure about getting a COVID-19 vaccine? Find FAQ and information to consider

COVID-19 information

Community resources

  • Call 211 from a mobile phone.
  • Call 503-222-5555 from a landline.
  • Email help@211.com for general information.

News sources

These news organizations either have no paywall or have made some coronavirus stories available to everyone:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a series of videos on COVID-19 in American Sign Language. See one here and find the full series on YouTube.

Daniel Streblow, Ph.D., (left) and Donna Hansel, M.D., Ph.D., work in OHSU’s in-house COVID-19 testing lab.
Daniel Streblow, Ph.D., (left) and Donna Hansel, M.D., Ph.D., work in OHSU’s in-house COVID-19 testing lab.