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COVID-19 Exposure Response and Protocol

Faculty & Staff

Level of ExposureCan I come to work?*Do I need to be tested?Whom do I notify?Where do I go for care?
You tested COVID-19 positive: You have been tested by your doctor and are informed you test positive.No. You will need to self-isolate at home until instructed to stop by public health officials. In accordance with university policy, an employee must present a release to work note from their healthcare provider prior to returning to work on campus. If you have already tested positive, you do not need to be tested again.Call your immediate supervisor and email Human Resources. Email the Campus Clinic or call 405-373-2400.Your healthcare provider will manage your health needs.
A household contact tests positive: Someone you live with, a roommate, significant other.No. You should self-quarantine and follow these CDC guidelines. Stay home from work for at least 14 days.Possibly. If you become ill then you will need testing.Call your immediate supervisor and email Human Resources.Your healthcare provider will manage your health needs.
A close contact tests positive: Someone with whom you spent more than 10 minutes in close contact and were within 6 feet of since the day they developed symptoms OR a positive case who coughed on you or whose respiratory secretions or saliva directly contacted you.No. You should initially work from home until your healthcare provider or local public health department can determine the case details and gives you instructions.Not unless you have symptoms.Call your immediate supervisor and email Human Resources.If no symptoms occur, you do not need care. You should self-monitor your health for 14 days.
Coworker, friend or casual contact tests positive: Someone you were not within 6 feet of for more than 10 minutes or with whom you shared secretions.Yes. You can work as long as you do not have any symptoms and you were not a close contact (see above).Not unless you have symptoms.No notification needed unless you become ill.If no symptoms occur, you do not need care. You should self-monitor your health for 14 days.
Friend of a friend tests positive: You were in contact with your friend but not the person who tested positive.Yes. You can work as long as you do not have any symptoms.Not unless you have symptoms.No notification needed unless you become ill.If no symptoms occur, you do not need care.

Family Health Care and Minor Emergency Clinic @OCU (Campus Health Clinic) staff may collect essential public health information regarding employees who are ill. OCU urges you to call the Campus Health Clinic 405-373-2400 to inform the clinic if you test positive for COVID-19 in order to assess the implications for maintaining the health of the OCU campus community.

Be assured that any personal information shared with the Campus Health Clinic staff will be held in confidence. Any action taken regarding the employee’s personal information will be in consultation and accordance with CDC guidelines.

*OCU has implemented a remote work plan with restricted campus access for all OCU faculty and staff except for essential employees providing essential services to campus to maintain the health and safety of the campus community. Essential services include OCUPD, Facilities, Housing, Mail Services, University Counseling, and the Campus Health Clinic. Information related to work performed on campus currently applies to essential employees performing work on campus.

This chart has been adapted from Smith College.

Student Protocol

We urge all OCU campus community members to practice social distancing: maintain a 6 feet distance whenever possible, do not socialize, attend events, or perform any errands that are not absolutely essential. Obtain delivery service whenever possible. Wash your hands frequently, clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched items such as phones, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, and faucets, and do not share personal items.

Risk factors for contracting COVID-19 include close contact with a sick person, such as:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g. after being coughed on, sharing utensils, kissing, etc.)
  • Direct contact with contaminated surfaces such as commonly touched items, counters, phones, doorknobs, faucets, etc.

Any student who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should act in accordance with CDC guidelines for those who have contracted the disease and:

  • If you are a student on campus, call the Campus Health Clinic at 405-373-2400.
  • If you are a student off campus, call your primary care provider and seek medical care and guidance in your current location. We encourage all students to provide an update to the Campus Health Clinic by calling 405-373-2400.