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COVID-19 Information

The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT) establishes institutional COVID-19 safety protocols guided by recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, the LA County Department of Public Health, and Linn County, Oregon.

See the Institutional Requirements for WesternU for all current COVID-19 campus guidelines and policies.

Safety Protocols: When you are on any of our campus locations, WesternU COVID-19 safety protocols require you to:

  • Submit a COVID-19 Report Survey if you test positive for COVID-19 and begin isolation.
  • This form will initiate the WesternU Contact Tracing process. Please contact if you have any questions.

Masks remain a requirement:

  • Inside ALL health care settings,
  • Inside ALL curricular labs and any clinical-based activities or simulations, and
  • Any interactions with patients or simulated patients, including health clinics or fairs whether indoors or outdoors.

Masks are not required, but strongly recommended:

Inside any non-health care settings or non-curricular lab/clinical areas on campus, including:

  • Lecture halls/classrooms
  • Offices
  • Research labs
  • Conference or meeting rooms
  • Study rooms
  • Break rooms/dining areas
  • Common areas
  • Get the facts about Coronavirus
  • Update to Campus: November 15, 2022

    Dear WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students,

    As the holidays approach and we see increases in gatherings and travel, the CRT would like to provide you with some tips for staying healthy during this season.

    Get Vaccinated

    One of the most important ways you can protect yourself during the holidays is to get vaccinated for the flu and receive the updated bivalent COVID booster if you have not done so already. As a reminder, the 2022-23 Influenza (flu) vaccine is required for all students and must be submitted to by November 30th, 2022. Failure to submit documentation by the deadline will result in a hold being placed on your account.

    Campus/Workplace Gatherings

    Gatherings and events are allowed on campus. We encourage all individuals to help reduce the potential spread of viruses by following safe practices, such as those listed below. One of the most critical ways to protect one another is to stay home when you are sick.

    Please review the Institutional Requirements for guidance on symptoms, exposures, and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

    Tips for “Smart” Gatherings

    • If possible, host gatherings outdoors or in larger indoor areas with better ventilation.
    • If gathering indoors, open doors and/or windows to improve ventilation.
    • Have food set in clearly designated areas away from where individuals are eating.
    • Try to encourage physical distancing while eating.
    • Promote hand hygiene and do not attend a gathering if you are experiencing symptoms.
    • Consider your risk tolerance when choosing events or activities to participate in.
    • If you feel sick or were exposed to a COVID-19 case, do not go to any gatherings.
    • The longer the party, the higher the risk.
    • Wash your hands and wear a mask.

    Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving break next week and good luck as we move into finals.


  • Keep WesternU Healthy

    WesternU is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, and patients. This page includes important information regarding COVID-19.