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COVID-19 Information

OBU Campus Community COVID-19 Cases

Case Numbers (as of Nov. 29, 2021)
Positive tests (prior seven days) 7
Active cases 3
Total cases (since Aug. 14) 77

Reporting Forms

 

COVID-19 Procedures for the 2021–22 Academic Year

OBU is following appropriate state and governmental authorities to inform our decision-making. Protocols will be updated as necessary as COVID 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 but will not require it for enrollment 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 your final vaccination dose and 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
    • 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 continue wearing face coverings.

Physical distancing is not required.

We will resume chapel gatherings and student activities this fall with no COVID-19 restrictions. Classroom capacity and seating will return to normal.

COVID-19 Testing

Entry testing to return to campus/classes and random testing throughout the semester will not be required at this time. OBU will consider conducting COVID-19 testing for students and employees to establish a baseline early in the semester if deemed necessary.

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

An individual is recommended to test for COVID-19 when they exhibit at least one "A" symptom or three "B" symptoms listed below.

"A" Symptoms

  • Fever >= 100.4ºF
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New loss of taste or smell

"B" Symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Elevated temperature < 100.4ºF
  • New onset of severe headache

Source: Preventing COVID-19 in Schools and Higher Education (Oklahoma State Department of Health)

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. However, those who have been vaccinated 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 isolate unless you develop symptoms.

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.

When is it safe to return to campus?

  • If you need to quarantine due to close contact exposure, you may return to campus:
    • after day 7 if you test negative on or after day 5 of exposure or
    • after day 10 if you do not test.
    • For any other options to return to campus after close contact exposure, please consult your local doctor or healthcare provider. If they release you from quarantine sooner than day 7, please provide written documentation to the COVID-19 Response Team (for students) or Human Resources (for employees.)
    • If you have to quarantine due to close contact with a positive person, you can choose to test prior to day 5 to determine if you might have COVID-19. In the event that you test positive while in close contact quarantine, your time out of school will be extended up to 10 days from the point of testing positive. If you test prior to day 5 and you have a negative test, you must still follow the normal guidelines for close contact quarantine. 
  • If you have need to isolate due to having COVID-19 symptoms, you can return to campus upon recommendation from your local doctor or healthcare provider. Early release must be in writing from your doctor. Otherwise, you can return to campus when:
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms began and
    • your symptoms have improved and
    • you have experienced 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medication.
  • If you need to isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 and you had symptoms, you can return to campus when:
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms began and
    • your symptoms have improved and
    • you have experienced 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medication.
  • If you need to isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 and you did not have any symptoms, you can return to campus 10 days after testing positive.

Cleaning and Sanitization

OBU is continuing to clean and disinfect public areas such as classrooms, gathering places, restrooms and residential community spaces on a daily basis. Classrooms will continue to have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer available. If you find an area that does not have these supplies, please contact Facilities Services at service.requests@okbu.edu with the building and room number, and the wipe buckets and pump hand sanitizers will be refilled.