Rising COVID rates lead to rising restrictions

Nicholson Library in springIncreasing rates of COVID-19 in Oregon, and specifically Multnomah and Yamhill Counties, have led to new risk level assignments for the locations of Linfield’s two campuses.

Multnomah County, home to the Linfield University Portland Campus, moves from moderate to high risk on Friday. This means that the following changes go into effect on Friday:

  • Social gatherings (whether on- or off-campus) are limited to a maximum of six people for indoor events and eight people for outdoor events, from two different households.
  • Room capacities for indoor events, if approved by the Office of Conference and Event Planning, are limited to 50% of the posted COVID-19 room capacity or 50 people total, whichever is smaller.

Yamhill County, meanwhile, has metrics that qualify it to move from lower to moderate risk; however, it will enter a two-week caution period to give residents a chance to avoid further restrictions.

“Oregon has seen a 21% increase of cases over the past week. This follows two straight weeks of increasing cases in Oregon,” said Jeff Mackay, dean of students at Linfield University. “This is a good reminder that COVID is still in our community. We need to remain cautious and continue to follow the practices to keep ourselves and others safe, just as we have all year.”

A reminder of Linfield policies at lower risk are available online. Please remember that Linfield’s indoor gathering size limit in lower risk remains more conservative than the one allowed by the Oregon Health Authority.

Regardless of risk level, the following remain in effect until removed by Linfield University:

  • All in-person, on-campus events must be approved by the Office of Conference and Event Planning (as is required in normal event-planning processes) via 25Live, Linfield’s online event scheduling software.
  • Off-campus guests are not allowed in any campus buildings or facilities, including residence halls and apartments.
  • Events held at either campus must abide by the university’s COVID-19 event guidelines, found on the Office of Conference and Event Planning webpage.
  • No food or drink is allowed at indoor events.
  • All existing COVID-19 Linfield Temporary Policies – including those related to face coverings, maintaining physical distance and monitoring your health – remain in place.

These assignments are effective April 9 through April 22. Additional information on Linfield’s policies can be found at linfield.edu/covid.