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 the SOU Campus Notifications COVID-19 Information, Jackson County Public Health, Oregon Health Authority and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
SOU recommends that members of its community follow guidelines developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses 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.