Coronavirus Information

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Umpqua Community College (UCC) is committed to protecting the health of our students and the community. The College is actively gathering and sharing information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with staff and students at all of its campus locations.

While global health experts are learning more about this virus, what is known is that viruses do not discriminate.

COVID-19 is not associated with any race, ethnicity, or nationality. It is vital that our community work to combat discrimination based on racial bias or appearances and to correct misinformation on the spot. Make sure you only share accurate, unbiased information, and speak up when you hear, see, or read misinformation or harassment.

Incidents of bias or harassment on campus can be reported to Student Services. UCC employees should report incidents to the Office of Human Resources.

COVID-19 Related Complaints and Concerns

A form has been created specifically for COVID-19 concerns. Students and employees may use this form to report any COVID-19 complaints or concerns to the College.

Face Coverings on Campus

Please be advised that face coverings are required on the UCC Campus. The College is abiding by the guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority that went into effect on Nov. 18, 2020: OHA Statewide Face Covering Guidance.

Face coverings are required in “common or shared space,” which includes areas where individuals may interact such as a restroom, breakroom, hallway, elevator, lobby, classroom, large room with cubicles, meeting rooms, conference rooms, and any area open to the public. Outdoors is considered a common space on campus. This means face coverings are also required when you are in outside spaces (parking lots, walkways, patios, and grounds).

Where face coverings are NOT required to be worn:

  • In a “private, individual workspace.” Defined as an indoor space within a public or private workplace used for work by one individual at a time that is enclosed on all sides with walls from floor to ceiling and with a closed door.
  • In their own residence.
  • In their own personal vehicle.
  • Is under five (5) years of age.
  • While eating or drinking.
  • Engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering, or face shield not feasible, such as when taking a shower.
  • While sleeping.

Campus security personnel are monitoring the campus to ensure compliance with OSHA COVID-19 requirements.

Top 10 Reasons COVID-19 Cases are Increasing

The following was shared with the public on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020:

COVID-19 cases have increased in Douglas County every single day this week. The Douglas Public Health Network (DPHN) is reporting the highest weekly case count to date. The trend should be concerning for everyone, as the potential impact to businesses, workplaces, schools, and households could be tremendous.

“It has been a terrible, terrible, terrible week with COVID. It has been the week with the most cases in the world, most cases in the U.S., the most cases in Oregon and the most cases in Douglas County," Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Officer, said. “When other places were struggling with high COVID case counts, Douglas County remained low. It took us months to get to our first 40 cases, but this last weekend we had 46 cases in just two days. The last 14 days we've had 194 cases, which is just a stunning increase in cases. And when we look at these cases, there is nothing fancy or special about them. There is nothing that you have not heard before. They are related to gatherings; family gatherings, sports gatherings, and lots and lots of parties."

DPHN shared the Top 10 reasons cases are rising (right). Dr. Dannenhoffer is encouraging everyone to think about your actions, activities, gatherings, and visits, and to make sure they are COVID safe for everyone involved. And, please do not go to work when you are sick or send your children to school when they are sick.

Top 10 COVID-19 Increase List

College students: Heading home for the holidays?

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and many college students are excited about coming home to see family and friends. While we know you’ve had to sacrifice many activities because of the pandemic, COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Oregon. The safest place to be for the holiday is where you live right now. Learn more in this Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update.

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Faculty

Visit MyUCC for information and instructions.


Students Taking For-Credit Courses

Be sure to check your student email daily! Can't get in? Call the Front Desk at 541-440-4600.

UCC Winter term classes will be held ONLINE starting January 4, some exceptions will apply. Be ready to learn ONLINE. You can do it! Get the details.


For Students Taking Community & Workforce Training Courses (Non-Credit)

Are you taking Arts & Crafts, Computers, CPR/First Aid, Drivers Ed, Fitness & Health, Home & Garden, Language & Writing, Recreation, Safety, Special Interest/Parenting, or other classes through Community & Workforce Training (CWT)? Visit the CWT home page.


COVID-19 Resources

UCC's resources and directions come from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Please see the links below for more information.

The College’s Emergency Management Team is in close contact with many agencies on a daily / weekly basis and following CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Custodial services are increasing efforts on campuses to maintain sanitary conditions.


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