Each of Us Can Take Action to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Cases will slow – and Oregon will remain open – if we take the safe, simple steps to prevent the virus from spreading. Cases will continue to surge if we ignore health and safety precautions.
Steps you can take:
Avoid gatherings – and rethink your Fourth of July plans: Think hard about getting together with people outside your household. In Oregon, cases accelerated after Memorial Day. We don’t want the same thing to happen over the coming holiday.
Stay 6 feet apart: If you do host or attend a gathering – or go to your local restaurant or bar – stay 6 feet apart. We’ve all been cooped up for a long time. We want to see friends and family again. If you do socialize, do it safely – maintain physical distancing.
Limit the number of people at the barbecue or picnic.
Make sure people can stay far enough apart.
Interact outside as much as possible.
Wear a mask or face covering: Cover your face when you are in public. Masks and face coverings protect the people around you. You may feel great, but we know that people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic can spread coronavirus. Don’t put the people you know and love at risk.
Stay home if you’re sick: If you develop a fever, have a cough, start to experience shortness of breath or any other symptoms, stay home. Don’t expose other people.
Answer the call: If you get a call from a contact tracer to let you know that you may have been exposed, take their advice and stay home for the entire time they recommend. This is a tried and true way to halt the spread, and we need people to answer these calls.
The bottom line is that COVID-19 is circulating more widely in Oregon. Oregon can stay safe if we all do our part to keep COVID-19 under control. If we don’t, our latest projections tell us we risk letting the virus spread fast across our state.
Campus Community Updates
Southern Oregon University has convened regular leadership meetings on COVID-19 since January and activated an incident response team to coordinate campus-wide preparations and responses on March 2. The university’s efforts are coordinated closely with those of the Oregon Health Authority, Jackson County Public Health, and higher education partners.
SOU is posting periodic updates for the community to this dedicated COVID-19 website, along with resources that may be helpful to students, parents, employees, and others.
The university is also:
Continuing to enhance instructional continuity capabilities – including contingencies for online instruction – along with overall emergency operations, preparations, and planning.
Continuing a “handwashing/cover your cough” public awareness campaign that has been promoted on campus.
Enhancing the cleaning of public areas across campus.
Encouraging those who show symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and check-in by phone with the SOU Student Health & Wellness Center (541) 552-6136 or their personal doctors.
Prepared to provide over-the-phone assessment and guidance through the Student Health & Wellness Center to students who feel sick with one or more COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
SOU is working closely with Jackson County Public Health, which is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and preparations in the southern Oregon region. The university will update the campus community as relevant information becomes available.