The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) is committed to protecting the health of our campus community against COVID-19.
To minimize the risk of exposure, all lecture classes will be held virtually until October 18, 2021. Labs and clinical rotations will occur in person with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
We are currently on track for a full campus reopening October 18, 2021! Beginning October 18, 2021, all NUNM community members must demonstrate proof of vaccination status or submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to be on campus, according to Vaccinations & Testing requirements.
Weekly COVID-19 testing will begin Monday, October 18, 2021, and is required for those who are unvaccinated and, in the case of clinical students/staff, who have met and been approved through the vaccination exemption process.
Per the Oregon Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate, effective October 18, 2021, any clinical student who does not have an approved exemption will be pulled from all clinical activities.
The deadline to apply for vaccination exemption is this Friday, October 8, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Please know that many of our partner institutions will not allow unvaccinated individuals to participate in patient-facing care, regardless of weekly testing; this includes many NUNM students with clinical placements, preceptorships, or rotations off campus.
NUNM students and employees are asked to avoid nonessential travel. We support international and domestic recommendations for travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking individuals returning from travel to other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival and limit interactions to immediate household members if unvaccinated (see quarantine exemptions below).
Individuals returning via international air travel must follow CDC testing and quarantine guidelines.
Quarantine recommendations do not apply to individuals returning from travel if they have no COVID-19 symptoms and it has been at least 2 weeks after completing the 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna OR 4 weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
COVID-19 Reporting Form
The university created a COVID-19 Reporting Form as a tool to monitor COVID-19 cases on campus. We ask all NUNM students, faculty and staff members to complete this form to help keep track of and respond to COVID-19 cases on campus.
Please use the form to:
- Notify the university you are symptomatic and need help or
- Notify the university you have tested positive
The form will require you to log in with your NUNM email account.
In addition to reporting potential exposure(s), students and employees should contact their primary care provider for quarantine and testing recommendations. Individuals should remain quarantined until their provider determines they are able to return to the NUNM campus according to Multnomah County Health Department guidelines.
Upon reporting, students will be contacted by Dean of Students Rachael Allen and employees will be contacted by Vice President of Human Resources Kathy Stanford for further guidance.
Fully vaccinated individuals should continue to watch for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following COVID-19 exposure. If symptoms develop, these individuals should begin to quarantine and be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
NUNM, in conjunction with the Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians (NAPCP), supports the ongoing efforts from state and federal entities to ensure the safety of all people. As such, NUNM and NAPCP endorse the requirements and recommendations for the immunization of all healthcare personnel against COVID-19 to protect themselves, their patients and families, and their communities.
NUNM’s campus, Health Centers, and Helfgott Research Institute continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education for non-clinical education and Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel for clinical activities. All clinical activity must additionally follow guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County, and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division.
We will continue to update protocols based on executive orders and recommendations from Gov. Brown, State of Oregon, CDC, OHA, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for Oregon Department of Education.
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