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!

National, state and county-level data:

For those wishing to understand how Multnomah County compares to the US, Oregon and other counties in terms of COVID infection rates, COVID ActNow provides clear metrics.  

Institutional data:

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

Academic Year 2020-21

Positive Tests*

Date Reported
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
April 2021 (updated April 16)
561
2
.36%
0
2
March 2021
1887
1
.05%
0
1
February 2021
1089
0
0
2
2
January 2021
2327
8
0.34%
1
9

*For any data reported during the first two weeks of the current month, test positivity rate for on-campus tests will be based on all tests administered in the previous two-week period.

**Includes one visitor to campus who subsequently reported positive test.

Positive Tests with Campus Impact

Date Reported
Role
School
Campus Impact
04/12/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

CAS residential student tested positive. The student has been supported into isolation. Student had one close contact, who also tested positive on the same day. That student has also been supported into isolation. Contact tracing completed. No additional close contacts identified. Disinfection protocols are being enacted.

04/12/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

CAS residential student tested positive. The student has been supported into isolation. Student had one close contact, who also tested positive on the same day. That student has also been supported into isolation. Contact tracing completed. No additional close contacts identified. Disinfection protocols are being enacted.  

03/11/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Residential student tested positive on-campus. Student supported into isolation. Contact tracing completed, no close contacts identified. Enhanced cleaning protocols have been enacted. 

02/11/2021
faculty / staff
Common Services

Employee tested positive for COVID off-campus. Employee was last on campus on February 5.  Employee is isolating. Contact tracing has been completed. No close contacts on campus were identified.  

02/09/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

CAS residential student tested positive for COVID off-campus. Student was last on campus on February 8. Student supported into isolation. Contact tracing completed. No close contacts identified. Disinfection protocols completed.  

01/30/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

CAS student tested positive as part of the College’s entrance testing program. This student lives off-campus, and was only recently on campus for the testing clinic on January 28. The student has been supported into isolation. Contact tracing completed. Close contacts have been supported into quarantine. 

01/29/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

CAS residential student who had been in quarantine tested positive. That student has been supported into isolation. No close contacts identified via contact tracing process.    

01/24/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

An off-campus student tested positive for COVID as part of the College’s entrance testing program. The student was last on campus for the testing clinic on Friday, January 22. The student has been supported into isolation. Contact tracing completed.  Close contacts supported into quarantine. 

01/24/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

A student in residence tested positive for COVID as part of the College’s entrance testing program. The student has been supported into isolation. Contact tracing has been completed. No close contacts were identified. Disinfection protocols completed.

01/23/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

A second student residing off-campus received positive COVID test as part of college’s entrance testing program. Student had only been on campus recently to attend the testing clinic. Student is now isolating. Contact tracing completed. Close contacts supported into quarantine.

01/23/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student residing off-campus received positive COVID test as part of college’s entrance testing program. Student had only been on campus recently to attend the testing clinic. Student is now isolating. Contact tracing completed. Close contacts supported into quarantine.  

01/20/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student tested positive off-campus. Student supported into isolation. Contact tracing complete, four close contacts identified. Those students have been supported into quarantine. Disinfection protocols have been completed. 

01/18/2021
faculty / staff
College of Arts and Sciences

Contract worker tested positive. Worker was last on campus on Sunday, January 17.  This person is now in isolation. Contact tracing completed. No campus close contacts identified. Disinfection protocols have been followed. 

01/14/2021
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student tested positive shortly after moving on campus. Student supported into isolation. Contact tracing complete, two close contacts identified. Those students have been supported into quarantine. Disinfection protocols completed.

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 where doing so is feasible based on the configuration of residence hall sewer lines. 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
Initial Result
Follow-Up
04/15/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting followup results from samples collected on 4/15.

04/13/2021

All available results negative.

Awaiting followup results from samples collected on 4/13.

04/08/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting followup results from samples collected on 4/8.

04/06/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting results from samples collected on 4/6.

04/01/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting results from samples collected on 4/1.

03/30/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting results from samples collected 3/30.

03/23/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting results from samples collected on 3/26.

03/19/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting followup results from samples collected 3/19.

03/16/2021

All available results are negative.

Awaiting full results on 3/19.

03/11/2021

Results delayed due to testing equipment malfunctions.

Awaiting follow-up testing.

03/04/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting follow-up testing results from samples collected on 3/4/21.

03/02/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting follow-up results from samples collected on 3/2.

02/23/2021

All results negative.

Awaiting follow-up testing results from samples collected on 2/19.

02/16/2021

All results negative.

Due to inclement weather, samples were not collected on 2/16 as anticipated. Samples will be collected next on 2/19.

02/11/2021

Positive results in the wastewater leaving Copeland and Platt/Howard Halls.

Awaiting follow-up testing, and sampling of affected residents via PCR testing.

02/09/2021

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Platt/Howard Halls.

Awaiting follow-up testing.

02/04/2021

All results negative.

02/02/2021

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Howard Hall, and a weakly positive result leaving Copeland Hall.

Awaiting follow-up testing results from effluent samples collected on 2/2, and PCR test results from all Platt/Howard residents tested 2/2.

01/29/2021

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Forest/West and Platt/Howard Halls.

Awaiting follow-up testing results from samples collected on 1/29.

01/26/2021

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Platt/Howard and Holmes/Hartzfeld Halls. A known positive individual from Platt/Howard has been supported into isolation. Hartzfield is our isolation and quarantine facility.

Awaiting follow-up testing results from samples collected on 1/26.