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COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Status Report

Notifications of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Lewis & Clark are reported regularly on this webpage. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Details of each case are provided by the individuals themselves; the information below is then reported following medical privacy and public health guidelines.  

If you have had a positive COVID-19 test, you should immediately self-isolate in your residence. For students, you should immediately report your diagnosis via the Health Information Portal*, using the COVID Self-Check and Reporting Form. Completing this form will trigger outreach from college staff. In addition, students who learn of a positive diagnosis after work hours or on weekends should call Campus Safety at 503-768-7777. Campus Safety staff will engage other staff who will reach out to the student for support. Students needing medical advice should contact the Health Service (503-768-7165) during working hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Anytime the Health Service is closed, students needing medical advice should contact the nurse consultation service at 1-844-915-2069. A registered nurse can answer questions and provide guidance. 

Employees who learn of a positive diagnosis should inform Heyke Kirkendall-Baker, Associate Vice President and Director for Human Resources, at hkirkendall-baker@lclark.edu.

Students and employees are expected to follow the same steps as above if they believe they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

When cases are reported, members of a consultation team will reach out to any affected work units so that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed. The consultation team includes a member of Facilities Services, and they will determine what, if any, additional cleaning or other measures are required.

* Problems accessing the Health Information Portal? Check out our tip sheet!

 

The charts below will be updated within one business day of receiving new testing data.

Academic Year 2020-21

Date of Latest Report On-Campus COVID Tests with Results On-Campus Positive Tests On-Campus Positivity Rate* Off-Campus Positive Tests of Which We Are Aware Total Known Positive Tests with Campus Impact
Sept. 24

1867

1 0.05% 2 3

*For tests administered on-campus only

Positive Tests with Campus Impact

Date Reported
Role
School
Campus Impact
08/27/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student tested positive just prior to moving on to campus. Student will isolate. Five students who met with infected student off-campus will quarantine.  

08/26/2020
faculty / staff
College of Arts and Sciences

Employee tested positive and will isolate. No identifiable close contacts. Disinfection protocols have been followed.

08/15/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student moving onto campus tested positive and will isolate. One exposed staff member will quarantine. No other known exposures.

Effluent Testing 

Lewis & Clark has partnered with Clean Water Services to conduct sewer surveillance, also known as effluent testing, of the College’s residential facilities. Testing of wastewater from designated buildings is a newer technology that holds the promise of helping us identify where there might be potential virus on campus. However, interpretation of testing results can be challenging. For example, a student who has previously been diagnosed with COVID and has subsequently cleared their isolation period (and so is not contagious) may still be shedding virus into the effluent stream. Lewis & Clark staff meet on a regular basis to review effluent testing results and consider potential interventions to reduce any potential spread of COVID.

Date Reported
Location
Initial Result
Follow-Up Result
09/18/2020

Manzanita and Alder Halls

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Manzanita and Alder Halls. 

Results received on September 22 from follow-up tests were negative.

09/15/2020

Platt Hall

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Platt Hall.

Second wastewater test was positive on 9/18. Result received on September 22 from wastewater test was positive but PCR saliva tests were negative.

09/09/2020

Forest Complex and West Hall

A positive result in the wastewater leaving the Forest Complex and West Hall.

Results received on September 11 and 15 from follow-up tests were negative.

09/04/2020

Copeland Hall

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Copeland Hall.

Results received on September 9 and 11 from follow-up tests were negative.