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COVID-19 Measures In Place As UO's Fall Term Draws Near

Elizabeth Gabriel

The start of University of Oregon's fall term is quickly approaching. COVID-19 measures are in place as staff and students return to in-person classrooms for the first time since spring 2020.

In addition to masking, the university requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of in-person classes. But there will be some unvaccinated people on campus- those who have requested and received exemptions to the vaccination requirement for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons.

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Lane County Public Health’s doctor Patrick Luedtke said the county is working closely with the university. Speaking on KLCC’s Friday Show, Dr. Luedtke said UO will also “have weekly testing for the unvaccinated. So there’s a lot of levels of protection.” Luedtke added that he thinks “that the university might be one of the safest places to be in the coming months.”

The weekly testing requirement will take effect on Monday, Sept. 27, the first day of fall term classes. The free COVID-19 testing will be conducted on the Eugene campus by the UO Monitoring and Assessment Program.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.