SOU does not test all students. Neither Jackson County Public Health nor the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend universal testing of students. Universal testing does not reduce transmission beyond what can be accomplished through prevention measures (e.g. social distancing, cloth face coverings, hand washing, and enhanced cleaning). The campus is partnering with Valley Immediate Care to conduct COVID testing for students who experience symptoms and/or have been in recent contact with individuals who may have tested positive. Students are referred to Valley Immediate Care for testing.
A novel strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has been monitored and investigated since early 2020 by agencies including Jackson County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease is COVID-19, which stands for “coronavirus disease 2019” – the year in which it was identified.
Southern Oregon University works proactively with local and state health agencies, and collaborates with other colleges and universities, to inform those we serve and to protect their health and well-being. Resources on this page are refreshed as new information emerges.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
We all have questions about the global COVID-19 outbreak and how it may affect us, our university, and the state, region and world. We offer a few answers below.