November 13 Student Communication

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Provost and Executive Vice President Paul Jarrell

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Friday, November 13, 2020 - 5:31pm

Good afternoon everyone,

On Friday, Governor Kate Brown announced new restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID19.

All non-essential out-of-state travel is discouraged and anyone travelling out of state is recommended to observe a 14-day quarantine period upon their return. This applies to all students and could impact in-person instruction. We are recommending that you do not travel out-of-state over the Thanksgiving holiday, and if you do travel out of state, that you self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.  Please understand, that if you travel out of state over the holiday, this could impact your in-person instruction scheduled during the last two weeks of the term.

In addition, the Governor announced a statewide "Two-Week Freeze" to take effect November 18 and last through December 2. That period of time includes the Thanksgiving holiday.

The freeze includes measures like:

  • Limiting social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households.
  • Limiting faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out only.
  • Closing gyms and fitness organizations.
  • Closing indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools.
  • Limiting grocery stores and pharmacies to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Limiting retail stores and retail malls (indoor and outdoor) to a maximum of 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pick-up.
  • Closing venues (that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events).
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and closing offices to the public.
  • Prohibiting indoor visiting in long-term care facilities.

Please remember to continue to follow good personal health habits: wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, and call first before going to a health care provider. These are important steps we can all take now to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

I continue to think of you, and hope that every one of you is remaining safe and healthy. Please take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and anyone else that may need assistance in your community. We want to stay connected to you during this time, so please stay in touch with us, and be sure to check your email regularly. 


Paul Jarrell