Stay Healthy | COVID-19
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, employees and greater communities is of the utmost importance.
While parts of Oregon are in Phase I of reopening plans, Washington County — home to Pacific’s Forest Grove and Hillsboro Campuses — is not. Please continue to follow Stay Home, Save Lives orders to protect yourself and our community at large.
Even after more of Oregon moves gradually into phased reopening, it will be important for vulnerable people (those with underlying health conditions, for example) and anyone who feels ill to stay home.
If you are feeling ill or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, stay home — and know that you can be sent home from our campuses.
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is similar to the viruses that cause the flu and the common cold, but more easily spread and more dangerous to those who develop an infection. Physical distancing is one of the best ways to slow the spread of this disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority recommend:
- Stay home as much as possible. Limit non-essential activities in public places and interactions with others.
- If you must leave your home, maintain 6 feet between yourself and others.
- War a cloth covering for your nose and mouth to protect others if you cannot keep 6 feet apart. Wear a mask even if you feel well and do not show signs of illness.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Use good hygiene to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as the flu and common cold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
If you experience flu-like symptoms, call or email your primary healthcare provider. Students may also contact the Student Health Center. Please do not walk into clinics without calling or emailing ahead.
If the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an increase in anxiety, hopelessness or isolation, seek support. Students can connect with the Student Counseling Center, which is offering online tools as well as teletherapy services. Employees can find resources through Human Resources and the Employee Assistance Program.