As the Corvallis School District and Oregon State University approach spring break, there is plenty to do, but caution is advised.
On March 11, OSU Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dan Larson posted an update on the OSU website advising students faculty and staff to stay close to home, use caution despite decreasing coronavirus cases, and get tested.
Viral testing through the university is available to all OSU faculty, staff and students during the weeks before and after spring break. Additionally, university students living in the residence halls will be required to take COVID-19 tests in the first three days of spring term.
Testing is also available through personal health care providers or organisations listed on the Health Resources & Service Administration’s testing center locator. Larson also reminds everyone to self-quarantine after travelling as it can greatly reduce the possible spread of the virus in people who don’t show symptoms.
Things To Do
This being said, there are plenty of options for spring break activities close to home.
The Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis has reopened for lap swimming and water aerobics with a reservation, and as of Monday, March 22 reservations will be available for 45-minute recreational swimming for groups of up to 10 people.
Corvallis Parks and Recreation is hosting activities during spring break, such as camps for children ages 6-12, outdoor drawing workshops for all ages, exercise classes both at the Corvallis Community Center and virtually on Zoom, and lots of other virtual Zoom options like zumba, yoga, pilates and even watercolor classes.
If organized classes and indoor spaces aren’t your speed, there are always Corvallis’ beautiful natural areas. From gorgeous accessible walks to hikes for experienced mountaineers, the city’s surrounding areas have plenty to explore. Just don’t forget to bring your mask in case you pass another recreator, and please keep safe social distance.
By Ardea C. Eichner