CAMPUS WIDE HEALTH PLAN FOR STUDENTS
“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. 'Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' he asked. 'What is written in the Law?' Jesus replied.
He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” -Luke 10: 25-27
Oklahoma Christian University is a faith fueled, Christ-centered institution. OC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic then, like its response to all crises, will lean into that faith by appealing to individuals to respond in community with “one another” top of mind.
“Love Your Neighbor” will be OC’s mantra collectively and individually as we take the adopted, necessary steps to keep our community safe.
SCREENING OF CAMPUS COMMUNITY
OC's COVID-19 Roadmap to Readiness for Students and Parents plan provides an opportunity for all students, faculty and staff to be tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall semester. Representatives from a local accredited laboratory, Red Arrow Scientific, will be onsite to collect samples with the expectation of test results within 24 hours. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this “Love Your Neighbor” initiative!
Testing will be available on the day students move into their residence hall or apartment. When arriving on campus, students will go immediately to one of the testing sites listed below. No appointment necessary! After testing, students are ready to move in and will receive email updates from OC’s Residence Life staff with specific instructions.
- Friday, August 7, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Gaylord University Center's South Lobby, #15 on the campus map
- Saturday, August 8, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Gaylord University Center's South Lobby (for residence hall students entering campus from the south entrance off Memorial Rd.)
- Payne Athletic Center #29 on the campus map (for residence hall entering campus from the north entrance off Smiling Hills Blvd.)
- Nowlin Center, the small building near #3 on the campus map (apartment residents)
- Sunday, August 9, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- Gaylord University Center's South Lobby (for residence hall students)
- Nowlin Center (apartment residents)
If students aren’t moving in on the dates listed above, testing will be available Monday through Friday, August 10 to 14 in the Gaylord University Center South Lobby (10:00 a.m. to noon each day).
The testing process includes:
- Verification of identity by showing an OC ID or driver's license. A barcode label will be printed and affixed to a collection tube.
- Self collection of a saliva sample in the provided test tube (approximately 1 tsp is needed). Refrain from eating or drinking anything 30 minutes prior to providing the sample.
- Providing insurance information to Red Arrow (Students should bring an insurance card or insurance information.) and authorization to release results to OC's COVID Clinical Officer, Shawna Hood, RN, MS - Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Nursing. Test cost without insurance is $125.00 and will be billed to the participant post testing. Some insurance plans will likely cover the full cost while others will not. The tested individual will be responsible for any balance.
Results will be emailed to students and also sent to COVID Clinical Officer Shawna Hood. In the event an individual tests positive, Shawna will contact that student to determine how to proceed.
Students, get your test and get ready for a great semester!
- Wear your mask properly, covering the nose and mouth and fitting snuggly against your face when inside.
- Students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks, when within 6-feet of others (including residence spaces).
- It is highly recommended that you always keep an extra mask with you, in case your first one is no longer usable.
- You should wash your masks at least every other day.
- Wash your hands frequently (20 seconds with soap, six times per day) and use hand sanitizer often.
- Maintaining six feet of healthy distance from others.
Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for the flu. Because seasonal flu presents itself like COVID-19, we’re asking our community to make flu immunization a priority in Fall 2020. With more students, faculty and staff receiving the flu shot, it allows for a focus on COVID-19 when symptoms develop.
DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
- Take your temperature every morning prior to leaving your room or apartment.
- Document your temperature and complete the screening questions at MyOC.com or the MyOC app.
- If you answer yes to any question, have a combination of symptoms OR have temperature 100.4 degrees or higher, contact your resident assistant for further instructions. You will be referred to your healthcare provider to get tested.
- If you travel to a state that is at red-level alert OR a country with a high rate of infection, you will be expected to quarantine for 14 days.
RESPONSE TO SYMPTOMS AND/OR FEVER
- If you have fever or any other symptoms of COVID, you will be encouraged to see a healthcare provider who can determine the need and timing of testing. Make sure to record your temperature and other symptoms on the Daily Health Check app.
- Until you have a negative COVID test, you will be expected to quarantine. Students living on campus will receive instructions from the OC COVID Clinical Officer or resident director.
RESPONSE TO POSITIVE COVID TEST
- Report your positive test on the Daily Health Check app. Isolate immediately. You will be contacted by the OC COVID Clinical Officer.
- Your healthcare provider may have additional instructions based on your specific health condition.
- Remain in isolation until 3 days after fever ends (without medications) and symptoms are resolved. Remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days after symptoms started.
- Expect to receive a call from the OC COVID Clinical Officer.
- The Clinical Officer will ask questions about the 3 days prior to you having symptoms or having the test done. They need to know about any person who was closer than 6 feet for 15 or more minutes.
- The Clinical Officer or designate will call the persons you identify, tell them they were exposed to COVID-19 and ask them to get a COVID test. The contact tracer will not reveal your name.
RESPONSE TO EXPOSURE TO PERSON WITH POSITIVE COVID-TEST
- If you are notified that you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID, contact your resident assistant who will provide further instructions.
- You will be asked to quarantine for 14 days or until you have received negative results from a COVID test.
ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY RELATED TO ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
- Maintain your involvement in the academic courses by participating in live streamed classes or other methods identified by your professor.
- Submit assignments on time unless other arrangements are made with your professor.
- Communicate with faculty about scheduled exams or presentations.
- Isolation is when a person who has tested positive has minimal to no contact with persons outside their room or home. If housed on-campus, the resident director will ensure you know which restroom facilities to use, how food will be delivered and how to dispose of trash.
- Follow the CDC guidelines here for isolation and quarantine.
Quarantine is when persons who have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive and are asked to confine themselves to their room or home. Persons in quarantine will have minimal or no contact with other people for 14 days from when they were in contact with a person who is infected.
COVID-19 TESTING AND TRACING
Early case detection through screening or contact tracing is an excellent way to prevent further spread. People who may have been exposed to individuals with suspected COVID-19 are advised to monitor their health for 14 days from the last day of possible contact, and seek immediate medical attention if they develop any symptoms, particularly fever, respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath or diarrhea. Voluntary quarantine may be warranted depending on their risk of exposure.
To ensure early detection and monitoring, upon arrival to campus COVID-19 testing will be available and very strongly encouraged. More information relative to testing times and signing up will be provided in advance of move-in.
Contact tracing will follow in accordance with the “Contact Tracing Algorithm for Contacts of People with Documented COVID-19.” Those exposed to symptomatic individuals will follow a separate path for tracing contacts than those exposed to individuals with no symptoms (asymptomatic) individuals but who are positive of COVID-19. A negative test will allow any contact to be released from quarantine.
You will find more testing and tracing details in the complete Roadmap to Readiness for Students and Parents document, along with charts and diagrams.
PARTNERS FOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
- Mercy Health Center - Located adjacent to campus, the Mercy Health Center has committed to providing COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff when indicated. Community members will have the opportunity to be tested before classes begin. Early detection should allow staff to mitigate additional risk to the entire community immediately.
- OC’s Counseling Center - Staff are prepared to assist students with ongoing mental health needs and new needs that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
- When the seasonal flu vaccine becomes available, flu shots will be administered on campus by one of OC's health partners. All community members should receive the flu shot unless advised otherwise by a doctor.
While we can’t eliminate all the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, following these guidelines together with a “Love Your Neighbor” attitude will make OC a safer place for all community members.