ASHLAND, Ore. — Both a student and an employee of Southern Oregon University (SOU) are positive for coronavirus, according to a notice sent out to the school community on Friday.
SOU said that the student lives in Jackson County but is not currently studying on campus. The employee was working on the Ashland campus, SOU said.
"Anytime an SOU student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, those who may have been exposed to that person will be contacted promptly by health authorities and the university’s Human Resources staff," the university said. "Those who are not contacted may assume they were not exposed."
Though the notice was sent on Friday, the date of the two cases noted by SOU was Wednesday, July 15.
School administrators reminded the community that consistent use of face coverings, attention to social distancing, and regular hand washing constitute the most effective measures to keep the campus safe and slow the spread of coronavirus.
Jackson County Public Health announced 12 new cases on Friday. The county has reported multiple cases each day for more than a week, with 68 cases still considered active. As on Thursday, 16 people had been hospitalized in Jackson County since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Thursday, the Medford School District revealed that a summer school class at McLoughlin Middle School may have been exposed to coronavirus, prompting a contact tracing investigation.
This is a developing story and will be update with more details as they emerge.