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COVID-19 Information

OBU Campus Community COVID-19 Cases

Case Numbers (as of May 16, 2022)
Positive tests (prior seven days) 2
Active cases 1
Total cases (since Aug. 14) 260

Reporting Forms

 

 

COVID-19 Procedures for the 2021–22 Academic Year

OBU is following appropriate local, state and governmental authorities to inform our decision-making. Protocols will be updated as necessary as COVID-19 conditions change and evolve.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged.

OBU encourages all students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot when appropriate but will not require it for enrollment, participating in activities, or employment.

Vaccination Documentation

Having a record of vaccinations assists us in decision making when there are positive cases on campus and contact tracing becomes necessary. If you have received both vaccination shots (or one shot with Johnson & Johnson) and booster shot when and if eligible but have not yet turned in your documentation, please send a photo of your completed vaccine card to:

Where to Get the Vaccine

  • The Oklahoma State Department of Health offers vaccination appointment registrations through their Vaccine Scheduler Portal.
  • Vaccines are also available at many local health care locations, such as:
    • CPN Health Services
    • Clinic Pharmacy (Moderna only)
    • CVS Pharmacy
    • SSM Health (Pfizer only) — call 405.273.5801 to schedule an appointment with the Vaccine Clinic
    • Walgreens
    • Walmart

Face coverings are optional.

Individuals who have not been vaccinated are encouraged (but not required) to wear face coverings. ​If a student tests positive or is a close contact and does the 5-day release from isolation or quarantine, face coverings must be worn for five days after returning to campus.

Physical distancing is not required.

We have resumed chapel gatherings and all student activities this fall with no COVID-19 restrictions. Classroom capacity and seating has returned to normal.

Testing and Reporting

COVID-19 Testing

OBU is asking all students to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus for the start of the spring semester and submit the results to the COVID Response Team. An email has been sent out to all students providing instructions as to how to submit test results. The test needs to be taken on or after Friday, January 21. If a student or employee is not able to secure a test, he or she can still return to campus and is asked to be aware of the development of COVID-19 symptoms. If the student or employee has tested positive since December 25, 2021, he or she will not need to take a COVID-19 to return to campus. At this time, OBU does not plan to conduct random surveillance testing during the semester.

Student athletes and athletic staff should refer to the Athletics COVID Protocols for more information.

COVID-19 Screening and Reporting

In order to maintain a low number of cases on campus and to protect others from getting sick, students and employees are required to report COVID-19 symptoms, positive test results, or close contact with someone who tested positive. If you have received the second dose of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 6 months or it has been 14 days since you received your booster shot, you do not need to report if you were in close contact with someone who tested positive as long as you do not develop COVID-19 symptoms.  You may continue to attend classes and do not need to report close contact or quarantine unless you develop symptoms. If you are unvaccinated or are more than 6 months past the second dose of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and have not received your booster, you need to fill out the Close Contact form and will need to quarantine.  

Reporting Information for Students

Students should use the following forms to report:

Once you complete one of these forms, a member of the COVID Response Team will contact you with next steps.

What is considered close contact?

Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is when you have been within 6 feet of the individual for 15 minutes or longer cumulatively starting from two days before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. (Or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection until isolation)

Self-isolation/Quarantine Requirements for Students

OBU will require students to self-isolate or quarantine at their permanent residences when at all possible. If the permanent residence is within a 10-hour radius of OBU and the student is healthy enough to travel, the student will be required to go home.

  • Students living in apartments may be able to quarantine/isolate in their apartments if certain conditions are met. In order to determine if this is possible, a member of the COVID Response Team will help assess the circumstances.
  • If it is not feasible for a student to return to their permanent residence, OBU will provide appropriate housing for the student needing to self-isolate or quarantine. Students who need housing through OBU will receive meals and be monitored regularly for their health status. Meal swipes will be deducted from the students’ meal plans for that term while in OBU quarantine housing.
  • Once students meet the self-isolation or quarantine time requirements, they will be allowed to return to campus and normal activities.
  • Students will be given their return dates by a member of the COVID Response Team.

Reporting Information for Employees

Employees should complete and submit the Employee Health Notification form as soon as possible. Contact your supervisor for next steps.

Self-isolation/Quarantine Requirements for Employees

OBU will require employees to isolate or quarantine if they experience COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or are unvaccinated and were in close contact with some who tests positive.

Quarantine and Isolation Procedures

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days. Learn why CDC updated guidance for the general public.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Submit the close contact form and a member of the COVID Response Team will contact you.

Testing is recommended
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, please consider testing at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. This is not required to return to campus but is recommended.

After the 5-day quarantine
Wear a mask on campus for days 6–10 from last date of close contact.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others. Submit the symptomatic form and a member of the COVID Response Team will contact you.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Testing is recommended
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, please consider testing at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. This is not required but is recommended.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you  last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others. Submit the symptomatic form and a member of the COVID Response Team will contact you.

IF YOU
were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)
No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you  last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others. Submit the symptomatic form and a member of the COVID Response Team will contact you.

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Please submit the positive form and a member of the COVID Response Team will contact you.

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask 
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Definitions

Exposure

Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact

Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.