Communicating on College Campuses
Last updated March 25, 2020
Where can I find reliable up-to-date public health information on the 2019 novel coronavirus and COVID-19?
Go to the Oregon Health Authority or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for public information on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. As the situation evolves, the information here is updated regularly:
What is recommended for sharing information with students, staff, faculty, and families?
Colleges and universities are encouraged to share reliable information to help limit spread of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. Consider sharing the following resources.
The Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Updates website:
The OHA has the most up-to-date information on the virus in Oregon, available in multiple languages. This includes Frequently Asked Questions, current updates on the situation in Oregon, guidelines on prevention and travel, information for health providers, local public health authorities, families, schools, tribes, and more. Here are just some of the OHA resources: You can find these links below by visiting the OHA COVID-19 website.
Maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. Do not share information about cases that has not already been shared by your local public health authority. Your local public health department and institution will communicate critical information about an outbreak in a college setting, but student confidentiality will be maintained in accordance with federal privacy laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act
and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
Keep rumors and misinformation from spreading
Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is critical to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading. You can help by pointing people to reliable sources such as the OHA or CDC.