Covid-19 information, resources for the LBCC community

COVID-19 and LBCC Status Updates

March 13 Update

Frequently asked questions that are specific to student issues are now listed in the COVID-19 FAQ section. We will add new answers as we identify additional areas of concern to our student population.  

March 12 Update

We know that the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout Oregon is of growing concern to our students, staff and community. LBCC is committed to providing a safe and healthy educational environment, but recognizes the way we provide service will need to shift for a time in response to recommendations from the Governor, Oregon Health Authority, public health officials, Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and the CDC to help slow the rate of exposure and potential illness.

As of Monday, March 16th, LBCC has made the official decision to do the following:

  • Again following the recommendations of the Governor's Office, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, all LBCC locations and facilities will remain open, with further precautionary measures described below.
  • Winter term finals week exam and activities will be delivered remotely where possible.
  • Where remote testing is not possible, maximum “social distancing” measures will be utilized. ("Social distancing" refers to the practice of maintaining a distance of at least 3 feet from others.)
  • For exams that must be held in-person, LBCC will seek to relocate final exams to locations where room capacity is three times the number of people registered to take that test.
  • Where appropriate, faculty will have discretion to cancel finals or provide an alternative exercise.
  • Faculty will be reaching out to their students to explain specific course plans for finals.
  • Until at least April 10th, all non-essential LBCC-sponsored (employees and students) travel will be suspended.
  • Until at least April 10th, no LBCC events, or events hosted by other organizations that are scheduled to take place on our properties, will be permitted if they involve an attendance of more than 50 people. All events with fewer than 50 attendees will be held with maximum social distancing. Please check the link to the left for your event status. Please note: some events will be rescheduled, so we will update this page as information becomes available.
  • We will continue to monitor recommendations by state authorities, and share what approach will be taken with events taking place after April 10th as we get closer to that date.

Starting spring term:
  • All of the above actions are maintained.
  • For the first two weeks of the term, all spring term credit courses, labs, and exams will be delivered remotely, where possible. (With credit face-to-face courses we will endeavor to provide instruction “synchronously” – this means courses will be delivered at the time they were originally scheduled.) Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized (again, this refers to keeping a distance of at least 3 feet between individuals).
  • LBCC academic and remote meeting tools, including Moodle and Zoom, will be used to minimize in-person meetings.
  • Community Education classes are postponed.
  • Adult Basic Skills will have a later start date. Classes will begin April 13th.
We know that there will be many questions regarding these measures, and are committed to sharing news as soon as it becomes available. Check back to this site for updates.
In the meantime, if you have urgent questions, we have set up the following ways to help:
  • At any time, including evenings and weekends, you can send an email to the following address:
  • We are also setting up a hotline phone number where staff will be available to route your question to the appropriate administrator. This phone line will be staffed from 7:30am to 5:30pm: 541-917-4204
College community: we are committed to doing whatever possible to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment. We know information is getting updated rapidly -- we thank you so much for your ongoing understanding and support.

March 11 Update

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to make headlines in the U.S. and around the world. We are closely monitoring the situation and working closely with local, state and national health agencies on prevention and management in the event of an outbreak in our community. 

This is an evolving situation. Our primary concern is to continue to ensure LBCC is a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and guests.  

We are working directly with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Department of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to follow guidance, best practices and decision-making concerning coronavirus in Oregon.

The Oregon Health Authority is explicitly not recommending school closures at this time. Health officials continue to emphasize the importance of education in efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Check back here for regular status updates.

March 10 Update

LBCC is working very closely with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and is following the recommendations they have issued for all Oregon colleges and universities.  

At this time, the guidance is against closing schools and campuses where no cases of COVID-19 are present. It also recommends that schools, colleges and universities consider all alternatives before closing a school, college or university in the event that a COVID-19 case is detected among students or staff. Our sister community colleges have all agreed to follow this recommendation until external health agencies instruct us to do otherwise. We are grateful LBCC has no indications of an outbreak at this time.

We are carefully monitoring this situation and creating contingency plans if we need them. We are also increasing and changing our cleaning products and practices, in alignment with the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC).

It is important that we all practice personal wellness. Follow these guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Particularly if you have a fever, you should stay home until you have been fever-free for 72 hours without medication.
  •  Increase handwashing. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy warm water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow.
  • Students: If you are worried about missing class, please reach out to your instructors. We will work with you to make up lost instruction time so you can be successful.

We will post regular status updates in this section of the website. Our TOP priority is to provide you with a safe learning and working environment so that you can be successful -- this is the principle that guides all of our decisions. 

Thank you for committing to staying safe and practicing wellness.