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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

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
Cumulative Total as of December 2, 2020
2709
6
0.22%
9
16
December 2020*
1
0
0
0
1
November 2020
503
5
1%
5
10
October 2020
319
0
0%
2
2
September 2020
1527
0
0%
0
0
August 2020
359
1
0.28%
2
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.

Positive Tests with Campus Impact
Date Reported
Role
School
Campus Impact
12/02/2020
other
College of Arts and Sciences

Person who visited College of Arts and Sciences on December 1 reported positive test. Contact tracing completed. No close campus contacts identified. Disinfection protocols are being followed. 

11/20/2020
faculty / staff
Common Services

Employee reported positive off-campus test. Employee is in isolation. Employee was last on campus on Thursday, November 12. Contact tracing identified no close contacts. No current campus impact.

11/18/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student tested positive. Student supported into isolation housing. Contact tracing completed. One close contact identified and supported into quarantine. No current campus impact.

11/18/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student in quarantine tested positive. Student supported into isolation housing. Contact tracing has been completed. The only close contacts identified for this student had previously been identified and engaged via other contact tracing. No current campus impact. 

11/12/2020
student
Law

Student studying remotely tested positive off-campus. Student in isolation off-campus. Contact tracing completed. No close contacts identified. No current campus impact.

11/12/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student living off-campus tested positive off-campus after being exposed off-campus to non-student who tested positive. Student was last on campus on November 5. Contact tracing complete, no close contacts identified. Student isolating in off-campus residence. No current campus impact.

11/10/2020
student
Graduate

Student studying entirely remotely reported testing positive off-campus. Student has not been on campus all semester, and is isolating off-campus. Contact tracing identified one other student as a close contact. That student is in quarantine. No current campus impact.

11/10/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student previously identified as close contact of confirmed case tested positive. Student supported into isolation housing. Contact tracing completed. Disinfection protocols followed. One close contact supported into quarantine housing. No current campus impact.

11/09/2020
student
Law

Student tested positive. Student was last on campus November 3. Student supported into off-campus isolation. Contact tracing completed. Three close contacts supported into off-campus quarantine. No current campus impact.

11/09/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student in on-campus quarantine tested positive. Student moved to isolation housing. Contact tracing completed. No current campus impact.

11/06/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student living in residence tested positive off-campus, and was supported into isolation. Disinfection protocols have been completed. Contact tracing process completed. Two students identified as close contacts supported into quarantine. No current campus impact.

10/27/2020
student
Graduate

Student tested positive for COVID-19. Student had been on campus only once this semester, on October 14. Contact tracing completed. No current campus impact.

10/20/2020
faculty / staff
College of Arts and Sciences

Employee working remotely tested positive. The employee has not been on campus this semester. Contract tracing has occurred. One student had off-campus contact with the infected employee and was quarantined off-campus.  No current campus impact.

08/27/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student tested positive just prior to moving on to campus. Student isolated. Five students who met with infected student off-campus quarantined. No current campus impact.  

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

Employee tested positive and isolated. No identifiable close contacts. Disinfection protocols were followed. No current campus impact.

08/15/2020
student
College of Arts and Sciences

Student moving onto campus tested positive and isolated. One exposed staff member quarantined. No other known exposures. No current campus impact.

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
Location
Initial Result
Follow-Up Result
11/17/2020

All locations

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Holmes/Hartzfeld, Roberts/East Halls.

11/13/2020

All locations

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

Residents of Spruce tested with PCR saliva tests. Results of follow-up effluent test taken on November 13 were negative.

11/10/2020

All locations

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Holmes/Hartzfeld, Roberts/East, and Forest/West Halls.

Results of follow-up effluent test taken on November 10 were negative for Holmes/Hartzfeld and Roberts/East. Results were positive again in Forest/West Halls. 

11/06/2020

All locations

All results negative.

11/03/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/30/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/27/2020

Platt Hall and Roberts and East Halls

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Platt Hall and Roberts and East Halls.

Results of follow-up effluent test taken on October 27 were negative.

10/23/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/20/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/16/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/14/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/09/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/06/2020

All locations

All results negative.

10/02/2020

All locations

All results negative.

09/29/2020

Roberts and East Halls

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Roberts and East Halls.

 

Results of follow-up effluent test taken on September 29 were negative.

09/25/2020

Manzanita and Alder Halls

A positive result in wastewater leaving Manzanita and Alder Halls.

Results of follow-up effluent test taken on September 25 were negative.

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 PCR saliva and wastewater tests were negative.

09/15/2020

Platt Hall

A positive result in the wastewater leaving Platt Hall.

Follow up wastewater test results were positive on 9/18 and 9/22. PCR saliva test results on 9/22 and wastewater results on 9/25 were negative.

09/11/2020

All locations

All results 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.