Southern Oregon University is closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a rapidly evolving situation and current information can be found at SOU Campus Notifications, Jackson County Public Health, Jackson County Health & Human Services' Flash Reports, Oregon Health Authority, and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
SOU recommends that members of its community follow guidelines developed by the CDC for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses, and in general:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (such as cell phones) and surfaces (such as keyboards or doorknobs).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
- Call the Student Health & Wellness Center (students) or your personal doctor (employees) if you are sick; contact a hospital emergency department if you are very sick and non-emergency caregivers are unavailable.
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For general questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Oregon, contact the Oregon Health Authority's Community Information Center by dialing 211 or visiting 211info.org. All other questions may be directed to Human Resources at email@example.com or 541-552-8553.
Employees who have specific questions regarding the COVID-19 situation may submit questions through the following form. Messages will be reviewed and responded to as quickly as possible.