Alert: NUNM to return to hybrid and in-person classes Summer 2021. Learn more about on-campus requirements and safety measures: https://nunm.edu/coronavirus/.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated 7/1/2021

On June 30, 2021, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the lifting of all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions issued under Oregon’s emergency statutes. Oregon OSHA removed the facial covering and physical distancing requirements of its COVID-19 rule for all workplaces, with certain exceptions, including health care, public transit, and airports.

What does this mean for NUNM?

NUNM will continue to require all students, faculty, and staff to use face coverings while indoors on campus. This expectation is consistent with both CDC recommendations and other academic institutions that do not mandate or ask for proof of vaccination from their communities.

The on-campus, indoor mask requirement will remain in place for the duration of the Summer 2021 term. Students and faculty participating in outdoor classes may remove their masks, while still adhering to appropriate physical distancing.

All current COVID-19 infection control protocols remain in place at the Lair Hill Health Center, including temperature and symptom checks, facial coverings, physical distancing, and the practice of increased hand hygiene.

NUNM will continue to monitor COVID-19 here in Oregon and across the country. The campus, Helfgott Research Institute, and NUNM Lair Hill Health Center will always follow protocols according to guidance from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority.

We will continue to update those 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.

COVID-19 Exposure and Symptom Reporting

All NUNM students and employees are expected to report any known or suspected COVID-19 exposure, or if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Click here for the NUNM COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form.

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 Rachael Allen and employees will be contacted by Vice President Kathy Stanford for further guidance.

Fully vaccinated individuals who do not quarantine should continue to watch for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following exposure. If symptoms develop, these individuals should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.

See the latest NUNM PPE and COVID-19 test tracker numbers here.

Travel

NUNM students and employees are asked to avoid nonessential travel. We support statewide recommendations for travel from Gov. Brown and Oregon Health Authority, 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.

Individuals returning via international air travel must follow CDC testing and quarantine guidelines.

Quarantine Exceptions:
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.

On-Campus Requirements

  • Complete the daily symptom screening questionnaire.
  • Continue the practice of physical distancing of greater than 6 feet.
  • Practice increased hand hygiene and sanitation.
  • Wear an NUNM ID at all times while on campus. Lanyards and ID holders are available at the security office.
  • Wear a face mask on campus in all indoor spaces, including hallways, kitchens, lounges, classrooms, and clinic. View this video demonstration on proper mask wearing. (NUNM employees and students are encouraged to report non-compliance by filing an incident report).
  • Use additional personal protective equipment (PPE) while on campus when required for specific coursework and any patient-facing care in the Health Center.
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (CDC guidance) and/or have known exposure? Leave campus promptly, seek testing, and report using the COVID-19 reporting tool for all employees and students.

Additional Precautions to Discourage the Spread of COVID-19 on Campus  

  • Buildings will remain locked, and entry will be by ID keycard access only. At this time, campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public (excludes the NUNM Lair Hill Health Center). 
  • Follow directional signage and maintain 6-foot distancing as much as possible.  
  • No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator. 
  • Disinfection and hygiene to reduce transmission: Everyone will play a role in cleaning high-touch areas such as desks, chairs, microwaves, water dispenser knobs, etc. Standardized cleaning solution will be purchased and distributed throughout campus for individuals to sanitize personal high-touch surfaces. View this video on how to properly clean and sanitize surfaces.
  • Each department has assessed open work environments and instituted measures to physically separate and increase distances between employees and other coworkers, students, and other students and/or faculty. 
  • Please be mindful that physical distancing is maintained at all times. 

Operational Modifications

Academics
All lectures, labs, and tutorials will continue to occur remotely whenever possible. Personal protective equipment including face masks and face shields are provided for all in-person academic classes where 6-foot social distancing is unable to be maintained.

Helfgott Research Institute
You can learn about NUNM’s research projects at: https://nunm.edu/research/projects/

NUNM Health Centers
NUNM will continue to offer in-person and virtual visits with our naturopathic physicians and acupuncture providers. We encourage patients to schedule virtual visits, when possible, to reduce any potential exposures.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the NUNM Health Center: 503-552-1551

Please take the steps to ensure that you can access all NUNM communication channels remotely. My.NUNM.edu gives you direct links to SONIS, Office 365 (your email), and Moodle. To access your NUNM email inbox directly, visit this link.

All faculty, staff, and students are registered to receive emergency notifications through their NUNM email address.