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Positive COVID-19 Case on Campus

IF WE HAVE A POSITIVE COVID‑19 CASE ON CAMPUS

USAO follows the guidance of the Grady County Health Department in our response to a positive diagnosis on campus. These recommendations are grounded with respect for the individual’s right to privacy and in keeping with HIPAA and FERPA requirements in a public health crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you (faculty, staff and students) test positive, please contact the Dean of Students at nhughes@usao.edu. Names of individuals testing positive will not be released.

The Dean of Students will work in tandem with the Grady County Health Department to identify cases and respond accordingly per the health department’s guidance.

When we receive confirmation that an USAO student or employee has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, there are important measures that will be promptly taken including contact tracing, communication and facility disinfection.

Timely identification of potentially impacted individuals is critical during a public health crisis. The health department will lead all contact tracing efforts. USAO will provide assistance when called upon by the health department. Data including class schedules and office or student housing assignments may be used to assist health officials in this matter.

Immediately

  • If you become ill while on campus, quickly isolate yourself from others. If you have fever, cough, loss of smell or taste, or other symptoms out of the ordinary for you, you might have COVID-19. Please contact a healthcare provider to determine if you should get tested for COVID-19.
  • Grady County Health Department is available for testing, as is your primary care physician.
  • Go home and remain quarantined until you are tested, receive test results and/or are cleared to return to work by a healthcare professional. Remain isolated from others until you get further instructions from a healthcare provider. This includes staying home from class, work, activities, or even grocery or convenience stores.

Within 24-48 Hours

  • Notify your professors, supervisors or activity sponsors of your need to isolate because you are sick.
  • If living on campus, work with Housing to determine if you should remain in your current room. If you live off campus, continue to isolate yourself at your home, utilizing a private room and bathroom if possible.

Health Provider and Health Department Notifications

  • Your health provider will notify you of your test results.
    • If results are negative, you should remain home until you are no longer sick and you are fever free for 72 hours.
    • If you test positive, your health provider and your county health department will give you further instructions on mandatory isolation, as required by the State of Oklahoma.
  • You will be required to provide documentation from a health care provider to your supervisor of your ability to return to work, even if the test is negative.
  • You will be contacted by the state health department to discuss your symptoms. They will release you for public contact somewhere between 10 to 14 days if you are exhibiting NO symptoms.
  • You will be contacted to provide a list of your possible contacts so that they may take precautions as well. Please provide as many details as you can at this time. In accordance with CDC contact tracing guidelines this would include any individual within six feet of you for at least 15 minutes.
  • The contagious period begins two days before symptoms begin, therefore, individuals who test positive will be asked to provide a list of individuals they have been in contact with from the beginning of your contagious period until the time you began isolation.
  • Answer calls from the health department in order to comply with state regulations and ensure your health and safety and the health and safety of others. Please provide as many details as possible at this time. You may call your health department if you have other concerns.

Notify your supervisor (employees) or Dean of Students (students) that you have come in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months will need to quarantine. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

If you have had close contact, stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after the last contact with a person who has COVID-19.  Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

*A contact is defined as someone who had any contact with an infected person (probable or confirmed COVID-19 case) while they were infectious – starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

*Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The World Health Organization (WHO) additionally includes persons with direct physical contact with a probable or confirmed case, direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 disease without using proper personal, and other situations as indicated by local risk assessments.

  • As part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 and assisting with contact tracing on campus, we are deploying #CampusClear, a daily self-screening app”
  • To get started, download the FREE app. 
  • Make sure you enable notifications from the app. There will only be 1 notification each day to prompt you to take the self-screening survey.
  • Once you’ve downloaded #CampusClear, log in by entering your usao.edu email address. You’ll receive an email confirmation, and after clicking the confirmation link, you’ll have access to the app. Visitors will need to enter a phone number to receive the confirmation link.
  • It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Likewise, please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms.

We emphasize the importance of personal responsibility in following any and all guidelines set in place by the CDC and University. For the benefit of the USAO community, our hope is that faculty, students and staff will exercise the care and consideration that will sustain us through the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines.
  • Per CDC guidelines, USAO will reinforce use of face coverings among students, faculty and staff. Face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
  • Individuals should try not to touch their face covering and should wash their hands frequently. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then discard, then wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit elevators to single occupancy when possible. If not possible, you should wear a mask.
  • Use stairs as the primary method of travel between floors when/possible.
  • Use video conferencing as an alternate choice to in-person meetings when possible.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Physically distance yourself from others (6 feet minimum).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • For more COVID-19 guidance and information visit cdc.gov.