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
January 2021 (updated January 20)
667
2
0.30%
1
3

*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
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 enacted.

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. No current campus impact.

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 are being enacted.

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.