COVID-19 UPDATES: The latest on University of Portland

By Austin De Dios | January 27, 2021 7:00pm
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Bryce Crowder, freshman nursing major, gets his nose swabbed during a COVID-19 test. Students moving on campus were required to present a negative test result before being allowed in the buildings.

Media Credit: Brennan Crowder / The Beacon

The Beacon will be updating this page regularly with new COVID-19 information pertaining to the University of Portland.


Updated Feb. 23 at 7:06 p.m.

Dashboard Update: UP’s Pilots Prevent Dashboard shows:

  • 15 students are in On-Campus Quarantine (exposed to someone with COVID-19)

  • Five students are in on-campus isolation (tested positive for COVID-19)

  • The dashboard shows 11 positive cases out of the 1,302 tests administered from Feb. 15-21, putting the positivity rate at 0.8%. This is the highest positivity rate recorded since the dashboard went online.

Updated Feb. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Update: 10 UP students test positive for COVID-19 after outdoor gathering

UP has reported that 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19. The new cases are linked to a group of students that went sledding in North Portland during the recent snow storm, according to Vice President for Marketing and Communications Michael Lewellen. Of that group, nine are living off campus and one is living on campus. 

Further testing and contact tracing is being done with the help of the Multnomah County Health Department to identify any other students who might have been exposed, according to a campus-wide email sent out by Lewellen. Off-campus students who are infected are isolating in their homes, while the on-campus student is in UP’s isolation housing. Isolation will last for 10-14 days, according to the email. 

“Although we were fortunate to have experienced multiple weeks of zero positive test results, this news demonstrates the need for continued vigilance,” Lewellen said in the email. 

Updated Feb. 16 at 6:05 p.m.

Campus Update: Beauchamp Center reopening

Multnomah county has moved from the "Extreme Risk" category to the "High Risk" category, allowing the Beauchamp Center to reopen, according to the Helping Pilots Prevent newsletter. Beauchamp will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The facility can accommodate up to 50 guests at a time. Spots are first-come, first serve and students who did not fill out the liability release in September 2020 must do so before going. Masks are required at all times, and social distancing is required even if students live together. Students can check occupancy live through the website.

Dashboard Update: UP's Pilots Prevent Dashboard shows:

  • 0 students are in on-campus quarantine or on-campus isolation.
  • The Dashboard shows 0 positive cases out of 648 test administered from Feb. 8-14.

Updated Feb. 10 at 12:28 a.m.

Dashboard Update: UP's Pilots Prevent Dashboard shows:

  • 0 students are in on-campus quarantine or on-campus isolation.
  • The Dashboard shows 0 positive cases out of 800 tests administered from Feb. 1-7.

Updated Feb. 2 at 7:12 p.m.

Dashboard Update: UP's Pilots Prevent Dashboard shows:

  • 14 students are in on-campus quarantine (exposed to someone with COVID-19)
  • Three students are in on-campus isolation (tested positive for COVID-19)
  • The dashboard shows seven positive cases out of the 1,253 tests administered from Jan. 25-31, putting the positivity rate at 0.6% for the week.

Updated Jan. 27 at 6:05 p.m.

Dashboard Update: UP's Pilots Prevent Dashboard shows:

  • 21 students are now in on-campus quarantine (exposed to someone with COVID-19)
  • Four students are in on-campus isolation (tested positive for COVID-19)
  • According to the dashboard, out of the 1022 tests administered by UP from Jan. 18-24, there were six positive cases, making the positivity rate 0.6% for the week.

Austin De Dios is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at dedios22@up.edu.

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