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Important Update:

Due to inclement weather, UCO will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 28. All classes, including virtual classes, and activities are canceled. Offices are closed.

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UCO requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a mask on campus when around others, both indoors and outdoors, and practice physical distancing of at least six feet when possible. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, has been directly exposed to COVID-19 or has tested positive, 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.

COVID-19 Symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

There is a wide range of symptoms associated with COVID-19 – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Thermometer Locations on Campus

 

COVID-19 Testing

Your best first action is to contact your primary care physician for guidance on care of symptoms and help getting a test. They can help determine if testing is needed and help schedule a time and location for a test.

If you don’t have a primary care physician or want to get a test without a doctor’s referral, you can pursue it a number of ways – tests must be scheduled in advance after being screened based on your situation at all locations:

  1. IMMY Labs at UCO - The Oklahoma State Department of Health has partnered with IMMY Labs to offer drive-thru testing locations across the state. IMMY Labs location at UCO is located in the parking lot at the corner of University and First Street (325 E. First St.). Testing is available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The partnership with IMMY Labs allows members of the UCO community to get a test with minimal wait time and test results back within two business days. The site also allows members of the community to schedule an appointment and get tested.
  2. IMMY Labs at Oklahoma Christian University – Their second Edmond location for testing is at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E. Memorial Rd. Testing is available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedule an appointment via their website. Testing should take 10 minutes or less, and results will be ready within two business days.
  3. Oklahoma City/County Health Department via their website or call 405-425-4489 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  4. OU Physicians Health and Wellness Clinic via their website or call 405-271-8261 during business hours.
  5. CVS Pharmacy via their website to be screened and schedule a test locally if you qualify per their requirements.
  6. Oklahoma State Department of Health via their website for locations of testing by county. Their phone number for triage screening is the same as Oklahoma City/County Health
    Department.

Follow CDC guidelines about when you should get tested.

Helpful Tips for Testing

  • Regardless of how you pursue it, make sure you tell the person screening your situation if you were in direct contact with someone who has tested positive. They will help schedule a time and location to be tested if you meet their requirements.
  • Depending on the testing source it may take days to get results. 
  •  If you have not received your test results back, you may only return to campus if: you have not exhibited any symptoms within the 14 days following exposure, or have been without a fever for at least three days.
  • If test results are positive, treat your symptoms according to your doctor’s advice while staying isolated from others at home, unless directed to go to a medical facility.
  • Follow the university protocol for those who test positive by contacting the UCO COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.

 

COVID-19 Information for Students

Please note that these guidelines and protocols apply to ALL students, whether on or off campus.

I've tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?

I have COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

I've been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to do anything?

I've been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, but they haven't gotten a positive test result. Should I do anything differently? 

 

I've tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care.
  • Notify the UCO COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form
  • You will be asked questions about where you have been on campus and who you have been in contact with or shared space with.
  • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
  • If you live on campus and cannot move off campus:
    • Notify your Housing building director, who will discuss any options that are available to allow you to temporarily isolate from others.
    • Do NOT go to other buildings.
    • Do NOT spend time around other people on campus.
    • Housing staff can coordinate meal delivery to you.
  • If you're a student worker on campus, notify your supervisor.
  • Please DO NOT call everyone that may have been exposed to you, even if you get a positive test result. UCO will coordinate all communication with those that may be impacted.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice.
  • If you don’t have a primary care doctor, follow CDC guidelines on self-quarantine, personal health protection and when further action is needed.
  • Do not return to campus until:
    • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
    • If you take a second test of any type during those ten days and you get a negative test result, you should still continue to isolate for those ten days.

 

I think I have COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

If you're feeling under the weather and experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19:

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care and/or testing, according to your doctor’s advice.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
  • If you are living on campus, notify your residence hall staff.
  • If you're a student worker on campus, notify your supervisor.
  • Please DO NOT call everyone that may have been exposed to you, even if you get a positive test result. UCO will coordinate all communication with those that may be impacted.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on personal health protection, including wearing a mask when with others, washing your hands frequently and cleaning surfaces, as well as quarantine guidance.
  • Your doctor will ask you screening questions to help determine if testing is needed. If testing is not recommended, follow your doctor’s guidance.
  • If you do not have a doctor or primary care physician, follow CDC guidelines about when to get tested.
  • It is required that you get a PCR or antibody test. UCO does not recommend a rapid COVID-19 test, due to false negative results being reported on this type of test.
  • Depending on the testing source it may take days to get results. Plan to be isolated at home while waiting for your results.
  • If test results are positive, follow the positive test protocol for students.
  • Do not return to campus until:
    • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
  • If you do not get a test at all, you cannot return to campus for at least fourteen (14) days.

 

I've been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to do anything?

If you've been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should do the following:

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care and/or testing, according to your doctor’s advice.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
  • If you are living on campus, notify your residence hall staff.
  • If you're a student worker on campus, notify your supervisor.
  • Please DO NOT call everyone that may have been exposed to you, even if you get a positive test result. UCO will coordinate all communication with those that may be impacted.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on personal health protection, including wearing a mask when with others, washing your hands frequently and cleaning surfaces, as well as quarantine guidance.
  • It is strongly recommended that you get a COVID-19 PCR test (not the rapid test).*
  • Remain isolated from others at home until test results are available.*
  • If your results are positive, remain isolated and follow the positive test result protocol for students.
  • If your results are negative, you should still isolate for 14 days, per CDC guidelines.

 *If you have not received your test results back but have not exhibited any symptoms within the 14 days following exposure or developed a fever but have been without a fever for at least three days, you are free to return to campus. 

 

I've been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, but they haven't gotten a positive test result. Should I do anything differently? 

  • Take your temperature at least once a day for two weeks and monitor for development of other symptoms.
  • If you do not have a fever, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, and follow CDC guidelines.
  • Follow the symptom guidelines if you have or develop a fever or begin to exhibit other symptoms. If you develop symptoms:
    • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345 or covid19response@uco.edu.
    • If you are a student, even if you are an off-campus student, notify your professors.
    • If you are living on campus, notify your residence hall staff.
    • If you're a student worker on campus, notify your supervisor. 

 

COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

I've been exposed to COVID-19 but I haven't been on campus. Should I do anything?

I tested positive for COVID-19. What are my next steps?

I have COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

I've been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and I've been on campus. Is there anything I should do?

I've been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, but they haven't gotten a positive test result. Should I do anything differently? 

I'm a faculty member and one of my students has contacted me about testing positive for COVID-19 or having exposure. What are my next steps? 

I'm a supervisor and an individual has tested positive for COVID-19. How should I proceed? 

I've been informed that a person who is not employed here has recently been in my workspace and has either been directly exposed, has symptoms or has tested positive. Who do I contact?

What COVID-19-related resources do I have as faculty and staff?

 

I've been exposed to COVID-19, but I haven't been on campus. Should I do anything?

If the virus exposure or positive test results involve someone who has NOT been on campus and/or has NOT been in direct contact with other members of the campus community:

  • Remain isolated at home, follow doctor’s advice and DO NOT return to campus.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form, so that they have a record if further action and notification is needed. Due to HIPAA and privacy laws, do not share the information with others.
  • Get a COVID-19 test. Follow CDC guidelines about when to get tested following exposure.
  • Do not return to campus until:
    • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
  • No other action should be required on campus if you have not been present on campus and have not exposed others that are on campus.

 

I tested positive for COVID-19. What are my next steps?

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • You will be asked questions about where you have been on campus and who you have been in contact with or shared space with.
  • Notify your UCO supervisor or contractor/vendor supervisor. You may be able to work from home or take paid leave.
  • Please DO NOT call everyone that may have been exposed to you, even if you get a positive test result. UCO will coordinate all communication with those that may be impacted.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice.
  • If you don’t have a primary care doctor, follow CDC guidelines on self-quarantine, personal health protection and when further action is needed.
  • Do not return to campus until:
    • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

 

I have COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

  • Stay home! DO NOT go to work, school or public areas, except to get medical care and/or testing, according to your doctor’s advice.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • Notify your UCO supervisor or contractor/vendor supervisor. You may be able to work from
    home or take paid leave.
  • Your doctor will ask you screening questions to help determine if testing is needed. If testing
    is not recommended, follow your doctor’s guidance.
  • If testing is recommended, your doctor can recommend a testing site, or you can find one via
    the OKC-County Health Department website.
  • If you do not have a doctor or a primary care physician, follow CDC guidelines about when to get tested.
  • It is strongly recommended that you get a COVID-19 test that is NOT a rapid test (commonly referred to as a PCR test).
  • Depending on the testing source it may take days to get results. Plan to be isolated at home while waiting for your results.
  • If test results are positive, follow the positive test result protocol for faculty and staff.
  • Do not return to campus until:
    • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
  • If you do not get a test, you cannot return to campus for at least fourteen (14) days.

 

I've been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and I've been on campus. Is there anything I should do?

  • Stay home and isolate yourself just as if you had symptoms.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345, covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
  • Notify your UCO supervisor or contractor/vendor supervisor. You may be able to work from home or take paid leave.
  • Please DO NOT call everyone that may have been exposed to you, even if you get a positive test result. UCO will coordinate all communication with those that may be impacted.
  • Contact your doctor or medical provider for guidance regarding testing, or you can get tested on campus via IMMY Labs three days a week.
  • If you do not have a doctor or a primary care physician, follow CDC guidelines about when to get tested.
  • It is strongly recommended that you get a COVID-19 PCR test, NOT a rapid test. This test takes up to two days to get results, but it is more reliable than a rapid test.
  • Remain isolated from others at home until test results are available.*
  • If your results are negative, you still need to remain in quarantine for fourteen (14) days. 
  • If your results are positive, you should remain in isolation for at least ten (10) days and can return to normal activities once all symptoms have diminished and you have not had a fever, without fever-reducing medications, for at least 24 hours. It is always safest to follow your doctor's advice on when you can return to work and other normal activities. 

 

I've been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, but they haven't gotten a positive test result. Should I do anything differently? 

  • Take your temperature at least once a day for two weeks and monitor for development of other symptoms.
  • If you do not have a fever, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, and follow CDC guidelines.
  • Follow the symptom guidelines if you have or develop a fever or begin to exhibit other symptoms. If you develop symptoms:


I'm a faculty member and one of my students has contacted me about testing positive for COVID-19 or having exposure. What are my next steps?  

The university has set forth specific guidance for faculty members who have been contacted by a student regarding a possible positive COVID-19 test result or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Please follow the steps set forth in the Guidance for Faculty: Student Positive Case/Exposure document. 

 

I'm a supervisor and an individual has tested positive for COVID-19. How should I proceed? 

  • Tell them to stay home and isolate and to seek advice from their doctor regarding care and testing.
  • Notify the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345,  covid19response@uco.edu or by submitting the UCO COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.
    • You will be asked questions to help understand the scale of the potential exposure and advice on how to proceed.
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • Due to HIPAA and privacy laws surrounding personal medical information, do not notify others. The COVID-19 Response Team will take care of further notifications.
  • Ask questions of the individual to determine if other staff or students have been exposed to this person.
  • A person’s medical condition and records are protected information (HIPAA). Do not convey directly to others the name of the individual.
  • Ask who the person has had direct contact with and the physical spaces (rooms, buildings, etc.) the individual occupied since they likely contracted the virus.
  • Vacate the area where the individual works and other places where the individual has been to the best of your ability until the space can be sanitized. Keep other faculty, staff and students out of the area.
  • Through your Building Captain, submit a work order via the FAMIS work order system requesting that WFF sanitize the areas, surfaces and equipment in question
    • Enter the priority as “Urgent – Level 2”. This will generate a response during business hours of less than two (2) hours, but they will seek to get there more quickly.
    • If your building captain is not available, call Facilities Management at 405-974-2247.
    • WFF will spray/fog areas at no cost to individual UCO departments, once per incident.
    • Once sanitizing work is complete, the area can be reoccupied immediately.
  • Tell the individual NOT to come to campus for any reason until:
    • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • You have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving – Please note that loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
  • Tell them they will be contacted by the UCO Department of Public Safety for information to assist with contact tracing and next steps.
  • If they need something from the office arrange to have it delivered to them safely.

 

I've been informed that a person who is not employed here has recently been in my workspace and has either been directly exposed, has symptoms or has tested positive. Who do I contact?

  • Call the COVID-19 Response Team at 405-974-2345 for assistance in determining the type of response necessary, based on all known factors.

 

What COVID-19-related resources do I have as faculty and staff?

Covid-19 Testing

All UCO faculty and staff enrolled in a medical plan have $0 out of pocket costs for COVID-19 testing. Coverage is provided at any provider, regardless of network affiliation. 

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department provides testing without charge at one of many designated testing locations. You should consult the OKC-County Health Department website for a list of testing locations, hours and additional requirements. 

Primary Health Partners

All UCO faculty and staff can call, text or video chat with a physician from Primary Health Partners, free of charge, even if you're not enrolled in the direct primary care plan. PHP physicians can answer questions and offer guidance regarding COVID-19.

MD Live Telemedicine

Telemedicine is an instant phone or video chat with a doctor or mental health counselor. Telemedicine can diagnose illness and send prescriptions to your pharmacy. It’s also cheaper than an office visit.

All UCO faculty, staff and dependents enrolled in a medical plan have 24/7 access to physicians through the BCBS partnership with MD Live. Video chat and telephonic services are available. Physicians can diagnose and prescribe medication without requiring an in-person visit. The $1250 PPO and HDHP without HSA plans offer a $15 co-pay for telemedicine, while all other plans offer coverage subject to deductible and coinsurance.

Compensation

Campus Testing & Quarantine Compensation:

Faculty and staff who are directed by the university to leave work to be COVID-19 tested and to remain quarantined until a negative test is received or are directed to leave work to permit enhanced sanitation of work areas AND who are unable to telework will be paid through Administrative Leave without any impact to personal leave balances.

Faculty and staff COVID-19 Illness:

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 and is unable to telework may be eligible to receive paid benefits under FFCRA, and should contact benefits@uco.edu to discuss.

Extended Illness Compensation:

Faculty and staff who experience prolonged illness due to COVID-19 will use all available personal leave until it is exhausted.

 

COVID-19 benefits guide

Official University COVID-19 Protocols and Guidance

 

EXPOSURE/INFECTION RESPONSE PROTOCOLS and guidance