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Linfield COVID-19 Case Information

Linfield University is committed to updating our community on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and employees at our McMinnville and Portland campuses. Each Monday, starting Aug. 24, this page will display weekly updates regarding student and employee COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed by a public health agency. At the guidance of the Yamhill County Public Health, case numbers will not be shared until the threshold of five cumulative cases is passed. This is intended to protect the privacy of students and employees in our small community.

Cumulative Cases since July 1, 2020

McMinnville Campus Weekly Confirmed Positive Cases Reported

Fewer than 5

Portland Campus Weekly Confirmed Positive Cases Reported

Fewer than 5

Next Update: Sept. 28, 2020

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please notify:

Visit Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 updates to view test results by county and statewide.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Guidance from public health officials prevents Linfield University from announcing a positive COVID-19 case on campus unless it is confirmed by Yamhill County Public Health or the Multnomah County Health Department. Any release of information would be made in concert with public health authorities. Linfield is committed to maintaining the privacy of any community members who test positive for COVID-19 in accordance with FERPA and HIPAA guidelines.

If you have are at high risk of exposure from someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by one of the local health authorities or a member of the university’s contact tracking team (Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center; Student Life Portland, Human Resources). If in the course of the â€‹case investigation it is deemed that you do not have a high risk of exposure, you will not be contacted. 

Self-reporting:

If you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19, you must notify the university.

How you can help:

The most helpful thing you can do is to follow the precautionary measures established by the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC related to wearing face coverings, observing physical distancing and increasing hygiene.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you can help by following isolation protocols and providing a thorough list of individuals with whom you have been in close proximity for 15 minutes or longer for the sake of contact tracing.  

What to expect when a case is confirmed:

Linfield will follow the guidance of Yamhill County Public Health and the CDC, which recommends sharing information about COVID-19 in ways that do not increase fear and/or stigma. Because of that, we plan to update the COVID-19 case count here weekly and provide updates in Linfield Ahead.

If you have been in close contact with a member of the Linfield community who has tested positive, you will be notified privately and in a timely manner through contact tracing led by Yamhill County Public Health. If you have been exposed, either the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (McMinnville students), Student Life (Portland students) or Human Resources (employees) will provide you with specific directions regarding staying home, testing and returning to campus.

If you are a student that lives in campus housing and you test positive for COVID-19, you will either be moved into an on-campus, dedicated isolation room or you may choose to return to your off-campus home residence, if you live within 250 miles of campus. Students will remain in this room for a period of 10 days from either the day first symptoms developed or were tested AND are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.

  • McMinnville students who stay on campus will have meals delivered to their room and have daily check-ins with residence life and medical staff.
  • Portland students who stay on campus will work with student life to have groceries delivered to their room and have daily check-ins with the student life staff.

Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g., by a household member, roommate) within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from the local public health authority.