Oregon State University announced Tuesday that it will move most fall classes online.
President F. King Alexander wrote in a letter to faculty and staff that more than 90% of courses will be offered remotely to “limit the density of activity on-campus and help minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees.”
Most in-person courses on the Corvallis campus will be those requiring lab or fieldwork. A greater percentage of in-person courses will be offered at the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.
Residential and dining services will remain available to students who want or need to live on campus.
Oregon reports 11 deaths, 302 new cases
The Oregon Health Authority reported 302 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, adding to a state total that has now reached 21,774 since the pandemic began several months ago.
After reporting one death Monday, OHA announced 11 deaths Tuesday, ranging in age from 59 to 105, in five counties, including Umatilla County in eastern Oregon and Clackamas, Linn, Marion and Multnomah counties in the Willamette Valley. Two of the deaths did not indicate underlying health conditions, and the 105 year-old who died in Clackamas County did not have a test result listed. Instead, OHA reported, “The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease, or SARS-CoV-2, as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.”
OHA also reported on an outbreak at Smith Foods in Umatilla County, where 25 people have been reported as testing positive for COVID-19. Authorities said they began investigating an outbreak at Smith Foods July 24.
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