UCO COVID-19 protocols remain in place for the spring 2021 semester. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage. View a list of UCO's virtual services.
UCO faculty, staff and student workers can find information about resources offered by the university during the COVID-19 pandemic on the Faculty, Staff and Student Workers Resources page.
Get Ready for Flu Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone gets a flu shot this year, as the flu vaccine is especially vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only will the flu vaccine help decrease the number of flu cases alongside COVID-19 cases within the community, the vaccine can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients.
For those faculty, staff and students who plan to travel during the pandemic, there are travel guidelines to follow before returning to campus.
- 211 Heartline Community Resources – offers crisis and helplines; financial assistance resources; help with housing, food and clothing; physical and mental health services; and, more.
- COVID Resources from Community Health Charities – a number of nonprofit health partner organizations offering assistance, including for those most at-risk from COVID-19.
- Infant Crisis Services – provides food, formula and diapers.
- Metro Family Magazine – lists food and meal resources across the community, especially options for grab-and-go lunches for children and their families.
- The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Hunger Free Oklahoma – offer lists and search tools to find food banks and food resources near you.
- Oklahoma Department of Human Services – houses links to resources and applications to receive services and benefits.
- Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City – provides a number or emergency, support and walk-in services in locations across the state.
- UCO Case Management Services – request an appointment for assistance in identifying campus and community resources for rent, utilities, child care and other needs.
- UCO Central Pantry
- Oklahoma Lifeline – helps low-income Oklahomans connect to communication networks, find jobs, access health care services, talk with family and call for help in emergencies.
- Cox Connect2Compete – offers free and reduced-price internet for qualified individuals and families.
Child Care Resources
- Spontaneity Kid Care – waived their membership fee for child care.
- YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City – is providing emergency child care services for essential individuals.
If you recently lost your job and need to file for unemployment, visit the Oklahoma Unemployment Application.
During social distancing and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it's important that every member of the UCO community practices self-care. Maintaining health and wellness – physical, mental, emotional and social – is important.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a list of Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak.
- COVID Coach: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designed the COVID Coach app to help you build resilience, manage stress, and increase your well-being during this crisis. The app is free, secure, and helps connect you to important resources for coping and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customized tools are available to help you cope with stress; stay sane, safe, healthy and connected; and, navigate parenting, caregiving and working from home. You can track your mood, visualize your progress and find resources to seek additional help and support.
- myStrength Mobile App: myStrength is a safe and secure app that allows users to get support for managing depression, anxiety, stress, sleep and more; track moods, set goals and notice changes over time; and, join a community that can make it easier to stay on track. NorthCare, a community mental health organization in Oklahoma City, provides support for use of the app by providing an access code for the community. Download the app and use the access code "NCcommunity."
- Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. The line connects you to a live, trained crisis counselor, at any time (24/7) from anywhere within the United States about any crisis.
- Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
- Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center: 405-945-6215. If you are having a crisis and need a therapist to speak to within the hour, the center helps over the phone, will call in help to you or help you get to a hospital, if necessary.
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Visit their website for resources on how to get help within the state of Oklahoma.
- UCO Center for Counseling and Well-Being: Central's counseling center is taking calls to schedule over-the-phone appointments. No in-person appointments will be accepted. Call 405-974-2215 to schedule an appointment. Any messages will be returned as soon as possible.
Below are some ways to help de-stress and practice self-care while also social distancing:
- Bring out your creative side: spend time writing, painting, journaling, playing music, etc.
- Calm your mind and body: practice yoga or do some meditation exercises and breathing techniques.
- Enjoy nature: go for a walk outside in Edmond or OKC (don't forget to stay six feet away from others.)
- Host a movie night: Stream a movie at the same time as your friends and watch together virtually.
- Practice some friendly competition: Play games with friends online.
- Listen to something new: Check out one of hundreds of podcasts.
- Child Care Resources provide recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding school closures and a checklist for teachers and parents.
- Coronavirus Resources provide information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and prevention, as well as advice on how to talk to children about it.
- Quarantine Resources include information that may be useful for individuals looking to self-isolate, self-quarantine or minimize public contact.
- Internet Resources for Oklahoma Residents During Public Health Emergency.