George Fox COVID-19 Cases

Each Thursday we are publishing weekly updates of student and employee COVID-19 cases confirmed by a public health agency. The update will include only persons known to have been on the Newberg campus or a university teaching site. At the guidance of local public health we will not share exact case numbers unless the threshold of five cumulative cases is passed. This is intended to protect the privacy of students and employees in our small community.


Cumulative Cases since July 1, 2020

Fewer than 5

Updated: Sept. 17, 2020
Next Update: Sept. 24, 2020

Visit Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 updates to view test results by county and statewide.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Public health guidance prevents George Fox from announcing a positive COVID-19 case on the Newberg campus unless it is confirmed by Yamhill County Public Health. Any release of information would be made in concert with public health authorities. If you were a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by Yamhill County Public Health or a member of the university’s COVID Response Team. George Fox will maintain the privacy of any community members who test positive for COVID-19 in accordance with FERPA guidelines and by request of Yamhill County Public Health.

Reporting for Portland Center and other teaching sites
George Fox will report positive COVID-19 cases where students or employees were present on the Portland Center or another teaching site when the case is confirmed by a public health authority.


If you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19, you must notify the university by filling out the COVID-19 reporting form. (This form will require you to log in with your George Fox email account.) You will be assigned a case manager who will walk you through the next steps.

How you can help

The most helpful thing you can do is to follow the precautionary measures established by the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC related to wearing face coverings, observing physical distancing and increasing hygiene.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you can help by following isolation protocols and providing a thorough list of individuals with whom you have been in close proximity for 15 minutes or longer for the sake of contact tracing.

What to expect when a case is confirmed

George Fox will follow the guidance of Yamhill County Public Health and the CDC, which recommends sharing information about COVID-19 in ways that do not increase fear and/or stigma. Because of that, we plan to update the COVID-19 case count here weekly. 

If you have been in close contact with a member of the George Fox community who has tested positive, you will be notified privately and immediately through the contract tracing initiative led by the Covid Response Team or Yamhill County Public Health. If you have been exposed, the Covid Response Team will provide you with specific directions regarding staying home, testing, and returning to campus.

If you are a residential student and you’ve had a positive COVID-19 case, you will either be moved into isolation or can choose to leave and live in an off-campus residence until you are cleared to come back into the community.

If you have a negative viral test – and if you have had multiple tests, and all tests are negative – you should remain at your place of residence until 24 hours after the fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.

If you do not undergo COVID-19 testing, you should remain at your place of residence until 24 hours after your fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving.

Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g., by a household member, roommate) within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from the local public health authority and George Fox Student Life staff. Even if you have a negative test result, you are expected to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure.