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COVID-19

While we can't wait to gather the NCORE community in person in 2022, the health and safety of everyone who attends is our top priority. We want you to feel completely confident about your decision to join us. NCORE is committed to compliance with all applicable requirements imposed by federal, state, and local health authorities in connection with the location of NCORE. Information about COVID-19 for travelers and tips for prevention is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

NCORE recognizes that COVID-19 is a complex and evolving situation. Therefore, we will review and update applicable policies and procedures on an ongoing basis. The responsibility for a safe and healthy in-person NCORE meeting and event environment is shared among the venues, hotels, speakers, meeting and event organizers, participants, exhibitors, and staff. As of March 12, 2022, face coverings and additional COVID-19 safety measures such as required vaccinations or negative tests will no longer be required to enter the Oregon Convention Center or Hyatt Regency Portland, where NCORE sessions will take place.

We’re carefully tracking emerging news on COVID-19, its variants, and all of the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, the Multnomah County Public Health Department, and the Oregon Convention Center.

CDC recommends taking a self-test if you are going to an indoor event or a gathering immediately before the gathering, or as close to the time of the event as possible. This is especially important before gathering with individuals at risk of severe disease, older adults, those who are immunocompromised, or people who are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines, including children who cannot get vaccinated yet.

How to Get an At-Home COVID-19 Test

  • Order free tests at COVIDtests.gov. Free tests are also available through local health departments.
  • Buy tests online or in pharmacies and retail stores. Private health insurance may reimburse the cost of purchasing self-tests. Visit FDA’s website for a list of authorized tests.
  • If you’re not able to obtain a self-test when you need it, you might also visit a community testing site, or call your local health department for more options.

We will:

  • Schedule all sessions in the venues that maximize space so that social distancing is available.
  • Provide sanitation stations throughout the meeting venue and during food and beverage events.
  • Link you to free PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 testing, available by appointment Monday to Saturday from 8 am - 3 pm, outdoors, at the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and NE Holladay St on the North Plaza. To schedule an appointment, visit curative.com. Walk-ups may be accepted. Call 888-702-9042 to confirm. Learn more
  • Bring extra face-covers in case you forget yours!
  • Provide name badge stickers in different shapes and colors that indicate an attendee’s comfort level with personal interactions.
    • Red circles indicate the individual is socially distancing to the greatest extent possible, please provide the most space allowable.
    • Yellow squares indicate the individual would prefer some extra space.
    • Green stars mean the individual is comfortable with more close contact.  

We ask that you:

  • Remember that travelling to and attending NCORE could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Wear a face covering. While not required, we strongly recommend it.
  • Allow for social distancing when possible.
  • Do not attend the conference if you have knowingly been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 within the fourteen (14) days before the meeting or if you are experiencing or have experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the fourteen (14) days before the conference.
  • Screen yourself daily for symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals who have these symptoms and are unwell should not attend an NCORE event. Additionally, if the person is onsite, affected individuals should notify event organizers to allow for additional communication to participants. The following symptoms are outlined on the CDC Website indicating an individual may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Personnel must be able to wash their hands after touching any surface/tool suspected of being contaminated, before and after eating or using the restroom, and before touching their face.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Practicing physical distancing
    • Wearing a mask when indoors
    • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
    • Staying home while sick and avoiding close contact with others
    • Covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately disposing of the used tissue

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • At any time during the NCORE or within 14 days (about 2 weeks) after participating in the event, please notify us at ncore@ou.edu. Please note that this information will be held strictly confidential. It will only be used to inform other NCORE attendees of the possibility of exposure (and such notice will not include your name).