College of Forestry: COVID-19 Information

Richardson and Peavy will return to 24/7 locked status beginning Thursday, November 26 through Monday, January 4, 2021. Contact your unit manager if you need keys/access, including one time or temporary authority to return to work on-site. See below for details on how you can request to return to work onsite or resume research operations.

 

TESTING OPTIONS

- OSU TRACE Program (free), enroll online: https://trace.oregonstate.edu/osu/consent
- Linn County Health @ the Albany Fairgrounds (free), register online: https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/Albany_OR_2684.html

 

MASKS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING REQUIRED

Per State and OSU policy, masks must be worn at all times indoors and anytime you cannot maintain physical distancing outdoors. This includes instructors and students in classrooms. As we must remove our mask to eat meals, it is prohibited to eat in common areas of Peavy and Richardson. If you have a private office, you may remove your mask if you keep the door closed and you are the only person in the office. If your office door is open to a hallway or common space, you must wear your mask continuously.

 

SANITIZATION AND CLEANING PLAN

Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout Peavy and Richardson, and we have placed spray bottles of sanitizer throughout the buildings in classrooms and common spaces. Should you need additional sanitizer, the Dean’s Office has supplies in 311 Peavy. You are also welcome to order from ChemStores with an index for direct billing (they have a surface sanitizer and an aloe hand sanitizer). Janitorial staff will clean high tough points 2-3 times a day, and conduct thorough cleaning and sanitization in the evenings; high touch points include restrooms, stairway handrails, and doorknobs/handles. Water fountains without the bottle filling capability have been disabled; bottle filling fountains are located in Peavy on all levels. You may see blue tape on your doors – you are welcome to remove it when you enter your office; this alerts janitor services that the office is being used versus those spaces no in use so they can focus their cleaning efforts.

 

OPEN BUILDINGS TO SUPPORT STUDENT NEEDS

The following facilities are open to support students who need space to study, engage in online classes, and gather: Memorial Union, Recreational Sports, Waldo (EOP), Library first floor, LInC (classrooms for students to use while taking remote courses), UHDS, Beth Ray Center.

 

YOU SHOULD STILL WORK REMOTELY

Unless you have been approved to work or research on-site, you should continue to work remotely. This includes graduate students; please consult with your department if you have questions.

Request resumption of research

Request to return to office regularly

Request approval for travel

For one-time access to a building/worksite, contact and gain approval from your unit lead/department head.

 

WHAT FORESTRY OFFICES ARE OPEN?

The Computer HelpDesk is open in Peavy 209 and by phone at 541-737-2152. All other offices will remain closed and staff can be reached by phone or email. The Emmerson Lab is closed, although some TDI staff will be on-site. Our Projects & Maintenance team will be on-site and you can submit work requests online. The College Research Forests are open to public recreation with masking and distancing requirements.

 

IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES, MEETINGS, CLASSES - NONE ARE ALLOWED AT THIS TIME; IF RESUMPTION IS ALLOWED, THE FOLLOWING WILL APPLY:

  • Meeting room capacities are reduced by 50% and you are encouraged to continue to meet remotely.
  • Social activities or non-educational meetings are limited to 6 people max from no more than two different households (masked, physical distancing, sanitization measures).
  • Classes, lab group/research meetings, and other educational exercises are limited by the capacity of the meeting space.
    • For example, if a classroom typically seats 50 people, the capacity is now 25 people; therefore, up to 25 people may gather in that space (masked, distanced, sanitization measures).
  • Receptions are not permitted, nor is service of food or drink.
  • College-sponsored activities held at off-site locations must be approved in advance by both the unit lead and the Dean’s Office.
  • Use of the College Research Forests must be approved in advance via the travel or research request forms linked above.
  • Should you have a question on the capacity limitation of an activity you are planning, please contact your unit lead.

 

 TRANSPORTATION

Per OSU policy, the maximum occupancy for ALL University-owned or operated vehicles:

  • Sedans and SUVs: 1 driver + 1 passenger
  • Minivans: 1 driver + 2 passengers (seated apart)
  • 12-passenger Vans: 1 driver + 3 passengers (seated apart)
  • ANYTIME more than one person is in the vehicle, ALL passengers and the driver must adhere to OSU’s face covering policy.

 

POSITIVE CASE NOTIFICATION AND REPORTING

If you, or a member of the OSU community is confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, you must inform the relevant Point of Contact immediately so that they can begin contact tracing. OSU has developed a Self-Screening App available on MyOregonState (Resources--COVID-19 Health Check) and OSUMobile.

OSU’s COVID-19 website contains more information such as the prevalence dashboard, student guidance, and resources.

Should you have concerns or notice a problem, please contact your supervisor/unit lead/department head or the Dean’s Office:

  • Building operations and space: Adrienne Wonhof
  • Research and labs (OSU COVID Ambassador): Katy Kavanagh
  • Student issues or conduct (OSU COVID Ambassador): Nicole Kent
  • Teaching: your department head