Updates:

  • Vaccines for ages 6 months to 5 years: The FDA has authorized the first vaccines for ages 6 months and older. Pfizer can be given to ages 6 months through 4 years, and Moderna to ages 6 months through 5 years. Please contact your primary care provider for advice or make an appointment. You can also attend an OHSU community vaccine event.
  • Booster shots for ages 5-11: The FDA has given emergency authorization to booster shots of Pfizer for ages 5-11. The CDC and regional officials agreed. Children qualify when it's been at least five months since their second shot. 
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine: The FDA on May 5, 2022, restricted use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to those who can't or won't get Pfizer or Moderna. The agency cited a risk of rare but potentially life-threatening blood clots.
  • Novavax vaccine: OHSU has a limited quantity of the Novavax vaccine available for people 18 or older who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment, call 833-647-8222.
  • Finding treatments: The Biden administration has opened a Test to Treat program to help people get COVID-19 testing and prescriptions in one visit.

Find more updates and information our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Limited supplies of Evusheld at OHSU

OHSU has only limited supplies of Evusheld. We are calling and offering it to patients with a medical need and who lack equal access to health care. We encourage others to seek Evusheld from other sources. It is available at some pharmacies in the community.

Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody therapy given in two shots. It has FDA emergency authorization for people who:

  • Are 12 or older and weigh at least 88 pounds
  • Do not have COVID-19 and have not been recently exposed
  • Have weakened immunity or should not be vaccinated because of a history of bad reactions

Questions? Call our hotline at 833-647-8222. Learn more about Evusheld on our FAQ page.

Diagram of face mask policy and acceptable masks for patients, visitors, employees

Though Oregon's mask requirement for many indoor settings ended March 12, masks are still required in health care settings.

At OHSU, everyone age 2 and older must continue to wear a mask in hospitals and clinics. See our visitor policy.

Hotline and website for those who test positive

The Oregon Health Authority offers help to keep yourself and others safe while recovering:

COVID-19 testing options for all ages

OHSU offers:

  • Testing for nearly all community members, by appointment
  • Testing at OHSU clinics, by appointment
  • Results within 24-48 hours
  • See Tests FAQ

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 or the federal government's 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.
    • Children ages 14 and younger need to come with a parent/guardian who can provide verbal consent.
  • 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 by calling 833-647-8222, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • These sites have two types of tests:
    • By nose swab.
    • By spit sample, for those who qualify.  If you hope to give a spit sample, do not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or use tobacco products for at least 30 minutes beforehand.

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

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OHSU Immediate Care Clinic, South Waterfront 
Center for Health & Healing Building 1, ninth floor 
3303 S. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239 

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Other testing options

The White House announced plans to buy 1 billion rapid at-home COVID-19 tests to mail out free.

  • American households can order tests at COVIDTests.gov.
  • Tests are mailed within seven to 12 days.
  • To start, each address can receive four tests.

Learn more about the free-test program.

Private insurance now must cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests.

  • The federal government announced that insurance companies and health plans must cover eight over-the-counter tests a month for each covered person. A family of four could have 32 tests paid for each month.
  • The government is adding incentives to let people buy tests online or from a store or pharmacy with no up-front cost or need to file reimbursement claims. It's a good idea to save your receipt in case you need to get reimbursed, though.

Learn more about insurance coverage for tests.

This testing is for established patients.

  • Hillsboro Medical Center Immediate 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
  • Hillsboro Medical Center Immediate 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

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 or go to adventisthealth.org/Portland/urgentcare. A virtual visit or provider consultation is required before receiving a 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 or go to adventisthealth.org/Portland/urgentcare. A virtual visit or provider consultation is required before receiving a 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 the OHSU Parking Garage D. (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 COVID projections for Oregon and beyond. His work began as the pandemic emerged and helps inform the Oregon Health Authority.

This week's forecast was completed August 18

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

Learn about the model.

OHSU COVID Forecast cover image
  • Oregon hospital census as of 8/18 is 292. That is 106 beds lower than in the last report.
  • Wastewater data continue to show declining viral levels.
  • Visits to the emergency department for COVID like illness have declined to 2.9% (of all ED visits) after peaking on 7/9 at 6.9%.
  • Test positivity has shown a continued decline, down to 11.4%.
  • As of Aug 16, 5% of occupied ICU beds have COVID patients in them statewide. This is significant drop from 9% two weeks ago.
  • The number of hospitalized children is at 6 as of Aug 14.
  • The forecast is largely unchanged from last report.
  • The current wave is expected to decline through September, reaching a minimum of 129 on Sept 21, before increases begin again in October.
  • The forecast results are not based on any specific new variant but instead based on general waning immunity parameters from existing strains. It also does not include the impact of any new vaccine or booster. As details of the new vaccine and likely distribution become known, the impact can be added to the model.
  • Similar to Australia, South America has seen as strong influenza season. These data highlight the need for influenza and COVID vaccines heading into the fall season.
  • A CDC forecast of the fall season is expected to be released by the end of the month and will be shared in this brief.

OHSU tools and policies

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.

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.

  • Questions? Call 833-647-8222.
  • Refer a patient: Visit our Referral Service site to find a Long COVID referral checklist and more information. 

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.

June 2022:

OHSU will allow critical function staff supporting direct patient care to return to work on day 6 following a COVID-19 infection, as long as certain conditions are met.

Our goal is to keep offering critical health care services while also reducing transmission.

Extensive research shows that most people are no longer infectious 5 days from the time of infection. We also know that the risk of transmission goes down if you are vaccinated against COVID-19, and all OHSU employees providing patient care are vaccinated. Finally, we know that we can very effectively prevent transmission by using PPE properly.

OHSU will continue looking at this guideline. We will go back to conventional staffing as soon as appropriate.

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.

Where to learn more

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.