UO and OSU heading into spring break on Saturday

Colleges in Oregon are asking students, faculty and staff to take public health precautions with spring break approaching.

Posted: Mar 14, 2021 3:49 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2021 4:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University released guidelines to students, staff and faculty for spring break.

As Lane County moves to the moderate risk level, the UO says the Student Recreation Center and Housing dining facilities will have increased capacity.

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UO students say they have been feeling safer on campus recently due to the downward trends in COVID-19 cases and the increase in vaccinations.

"I've actually been coming to campus a lot more than fall term. Because fall term I was a lot more concerned about precautions and safety that was being taken but I feel a lot better about it now," UO junior Jennifer Beltran said. "I know the university is moving fast in terms of vaccinating employees who work here so I'm excited for that beause it's been hard to do everything online."

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But the UO is encouraging students to stay in Eugene during spring break, if possible. If there is traveling, students are asked to take a COVID-19 test within three to five days upon return as well as quarantine by themselves until receiving a negative test result.

Students told KEZI what they plan to do for spring break.

“I’m planning to go skiing at Hoodoo,” UO sophomore Sadie Mcbride said. “We’ve gotten quite a few emails telling us to try and limit our traveling. That’s why I’m actually staying in state even though I’m out-of-state.”

“I’m going up to Salem to my parents’ house because they’re going to be out of town and I will be dog sitting for them,” UO sophomore Abigail Wilson said.

OSU is also encouraging students and faculty to stay close to home. They said they will be ramping up COVID-19 testing with spring break approaching.

At OSU, all students in residence halls will be required to take a COVID-19 test within three days of spring term. Also, they are asking individuals to quarantine for seven days upon return of travel, even with a negative test result.

“It is important that each of us continue to be vigilant by doing our part in limiting virus spread of COVID-19,” OSU vice provost of student affairs Dan Larson said. “These travel precautions and this increased testing are important actions, as are getting vaccinated when able, continuing to wear your face coverings, engaging in physical distancing and limiting group size.”

Spring break for both the UO and OSU begins on March 20th.

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