Coronavirus Updates

On April 3, The University of Tulsa Crisis Management Team learned of a student living in a campus apartment who has received a presumptive positive result for a COVID-19 test. The student is working with TU health officials and is receiving medical attention off campus. We have notified those individuals known to us who have been in direct contact with the student. All of those affected have been quarantined.

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increases across our state and nation, TU must do its part to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health and lives of everyone in our community.

To that end, we have made the difficult decision to offer only virtual classes for the remainder of the semester. Students also have restricted access to dormitories and student apartments. All staff are working remotely with the exception of those few who are needed to support minimal campus operations.

Our leadership team reached this decision only after extensive deliberation with our Crisis Management Team and the Board of Trustees and that we take these measures with profound regret for the impact they will have on so many of our students and their families.

It is clear, that steps like these are the most powerful tools we can employ to check the spread of this pandemic, prevent the overburdening of our health care system and allow us to resume our normal activities as quickly as possible. Our decision is supported by guidance from public health officials and agencies and is consistent with actions taken by other colleges and universities across the country.

Housing and dining refunds are available, and we have made the decision to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement and Law Hooding ceremonies.

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University Measures

  • We continue to consult with coronavirus experts at the local, state and national level. All testing will be coordinated through the CDC, as well as local and state health departments.
  • Flu activity is high in the U.S. and expected to continue for weeks. The AHC is performing confirmatory tests for influenza. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine this season should consider getting the vaccine.
  • Executive members of the Crisis Management Team and International Risk Management Committee are actively monitoring developments around the coronavirus and coordinating campus resources, responses and communications.
  • The Crisis Management Team leadership group includes campus health officials and senior leadership. Decisions from this group can be made quickly should conditions change.
  • Crews increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in academic buildings, university-owned housing and offices staffed by employees who are reporting to work for minimal campus operations.

Visitors to Campus

While the university is observing its social distancing policy, university housing visitation has been suspended. Only TU students who have received waivers to live on campus will be allowed in any university housing until further notice. This measure is being taken for the health and safety of our campus community, and we appreciate your cooperation.

Travel Restrictions

All university-related international travel has been suspended until further notice. This includes future travel as well as any trips already booked. In addition, we are suspending all nonessential domestic university-related travel until further notice. Nonessential travel means that there are specific safety and security concerns that could put you at risk. As a result, TU community members should reconsider whether the degree of risk is necessary. Faculty, staff and students MAY NOT TRAVEL for university business or academic purposes, including but not limited to study abroad, research or grant activity, internships, academic work for credit, service, conferences or presentations, teaching or training, performances, recruiting or athletic competitions until further notice.

TU requires students, faculty and staff to self-quarantine off campus and record their temperature twice daily for at least 14 days after traveling outside the state. Those returning from abroad also must be screened through a call with Alexander Health Center (students) or Hurricane Health Clinic (employees) before stepping onto campus.

All students, faculty and staff should adhere to the following University of Tulsa travel guidelines, which were updated as of March 12, 2020, and supersede any previous or existing travel policies.

  • All university-related travel has been suspended until further notice. For personal travel, the university also recommends reconsidering any international travel knowing that this is an evolving situation and other countries could be added to the warning list during your trip. 
  • Please review the CDC helpful guidance for travelers. During your travels, stay informed about developments and watch for advisories that could impact your journey and/or your return. 
  • The CDC now recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. 
  • The CDC has not recommended canceling travel within the United States. However, this situation is changing quickly, and you should carefully consider nonessential travel to U.S. locations that have declared a state of emergency or are experiencing a growing number of cases.  

Should you travel to or through any of the impacted countries listed in the coronavirus travel guidelines and restrictions or on a cruise, you will not be permitted to return to campus or participate in TU-sponsored activities until you:

  1. Complete a TU travel form and subsequent medical screening through Alexander Health Center at 918-631-2241 (students) or Hurricane Health Clinic at 918-631-2974 (employees), and
  2. Complete a self-quarantine period (currently 14 days) following your return and monitor/document your temperature twice a day, and
  3. Complete a follow-up medical screening video call (such as Skype) through Alexander Health Center/Hurricane Health Clinic.

 

Study Abroad

TU’s Center for Global Engagement made the very difficult decision to cancel all TU study abroad programs for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and for all of summer 2020. Our students who are overseas have returned to the United States.

The university is committed to the students’ academic goals and success. In many cases, the study abroad program provider or host university will work with students to complete the courses virtually.  In the case of credit deficiencies, TU will help students earn credits through special classes, independent study and/or summer courses at no additional cost to them.

Please note that the 2020 JumpstartTU program set for this summer in Panama has been canceled, too.

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days prior to becoming sick:

  • You have had contact with someone who has had a confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • You have fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • You are having mild symptoms, stay home and self-isolate.

You should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to the Alexander Health Center, Hurricane Heath Clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
    • TU students may call Alexander Health Center at (918-631-2241) Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.). If it is after hours and symptoms are mild, leave a message, self-isolate and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
    • TU faculty/staff may call Hurricane Health Center at (918-631-2974) Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.). If it is after hours and symptoms are mild, leave a message, self-isolate and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
    • If you are severely ill and need immediate attention, call the Tulsa County Health Department at 918-595-4399 and leave a message, then call ahead to the nearest hospital with symptoms and travel history prior to going to the Emergency Department. Once you are released from the hospital or as soon as possible, call Alexander Health Center or Hurricane Health Clinic to provide a status update.
    • St. John Emergency Department (918-744-2366)
    • Hillcrest Emergency Department (918-579-6137)
    • Others may contact their health care provider or call the Tulsa County Health Department Epidemiologist at 918-595-4399.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • If experiencing mild symptoms, call Hurricane Health or Alexander Health to review symptoms, health history further guidance.

Treatment

People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. (source: CDC)

Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.