Why does the weekly testing requirement for students and employees who are unvaccinated only apply to the Corvallis and Bend campuses when OSU has locations throughout the state?

The decision to test those who are unvaccinated weekly is based on multiple factors, including the size of the OSU community populations in both Corvallis and Bend relative to local health care capacity to respond in the event of a surge in cases. Further, because those who are unvaccinated are more likely to require hospitalization than those who are fully vaccinated, OSU is seeking to limit the number of OSU community members requiring advanced medical care in the event they contract COVID-19, thereby not contributing to stress on local health care capacities. Additionally, the availability of testing for some Oregon counties is variable and, given the smaller population density, may impose undue hardship on individuals.

Last Modified: 
September 17, 2021