The University of Tulsa is committed to helping our community prevent contracting and spreading the coronavirus. COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus spread through close contact with an infected person. The following information is provided to help you stay well and know what to do if you feel ill. It is based on recommendations from the Tulsa Health Department, the Oklahoma Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
TU also realizes this is an incredibly difficult moment with extra stressors that impact mental health. Now more than ever, it is crucial to prioritize and destigmatize mental health issues. TU’s Counseling and Psychological Services provide students and employees access to a variety of mental health resources during this time.
How to prevent illness
- Avoid contact with others especially those who are ill.
- Always wear a mask outside of the home.
- Maintain 6 feet distance between you and others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Do not shake hands or give hugs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
- Do not touch your face.
What to do if you feel ill
Reported illness caused by COVID-19 has ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed cases. Fever equal or greater than 100.4 degrees, cough and/or shortness of breath are all symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing:
- Stay home, and do not go to school or work. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are usually able to recover at home. Do not leave home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas and using public transportation, ridesharing services or taxis if you feel sick.
- Contact health officials including the Alexander Health Center (students) at 918-631-2241 or the Hurricane Health Clinic (employees) at 918-631-2974 and the Tulsa Health Department at 918-595-4399. You may need to leave a message and wait for a call back.
- Get care immediately if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. Call 911, your primary care provider or an emergency healthcare provider. If you are on campus, you can call Campus Security at 918-631-5555 and an officer can be dispatched to offer emergency assistance.
- Follow up with the Alexander Health Clinic (students) or the Hurricane Health Clinic (employees) after your virtual appointment or hospital visit. Tell them if you were tested for coronavirus and/or any other diseases and what the outcomes and recommendations were. Do this prior to returning to campus. Arrangements might need to be made for where you should stay if you live in campus housing. You may need isolation or arrangements might need to be made for roommates. If you are diagnosed with coronavirus, your roommate or household contacts will need to quarantine and monitor their symptoms and temperature for 14 days. The Alexander Health Center will monitor students.
What to do if you are exposed to the coronavirus
If you have knowledge of being exposed to the coronavirus, take the following steps to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you:
Immediately self-quarantine. You should stay in a specific “sick room” with the door closed and avoid other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if possible, and do not share eating utensils or drink after anyone.
Call the Alexander Health Center (students) at 918-631-2241 or the Hurricane Health Clinic (employees) at 918-631-2974 and your healthcare provider. They will be able to give further instructions and medical advice. Be sure to tell both parties who you have had contact with and whether that person(s) has been ill/tested.
Make sure to watch for symptoms. If you develop a fever or other symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, call TU health officials, your primary care provider or Tulsa Health Department for medical advice.
Call before you attempt to get medical care. Do not walk into any healthcare site (doctor’s office, urgent care, clinic or hospital) unless it is an emergency. If you visit an emergency room or your primary care provider or are released from the hospital, call the TU health officials to provide a status update and receive instructions for next steps. Do this prior to returning to campus. Arrangements might need to be made for where you should stay if you live in campus housing. You may need isolation or arrangements might need to be made for roommates. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, your roommate or household contacts will need to quarantine and monitor their symptoms and temperature for 14 days. The Alexander Health Center will monitor students.
Limit your contact with pets and animals just like you would people. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
Important phone numbers
- Alexander Health Center (TU students), 918-631-2241
- The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. If it is after hours and symptoms are mild, leave a message, self-isolate and wait for a return call.
- Hurricane Health Clinic (TU employees), 918-631-2974
- The facility is answering calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. If it is after hours and symptoms are mild, leave a message, self-isolate and wait for a return call.
- Tulsa County Health Department, 918-595-4399
- You may need to leave a message so they can call you back.
- Ascension St. John Emergency Department, 918-744-2366
- Hillcrest Emergency Department, 918-579-6137
- Oklahoma State University Medical Center Emergency Room, 918-599-1000
- Coronavirus Hotline, 877-215-8336
COVID-19 Health FAQs
The registration portal link will take you to a questionnaire to complete.
- Comorbidities (other Illnesses or health factors such as diabetes, asthma, or cancer)
- Health Insurance Information (private, Medicaid, or uninsured)
- Working email address that you check regularly
You will be assigned to one of four groups for vaccination based on age, health risks, and other factors.
Once you are eligible, you will receive a link via email to access the scheduling portal and book an appointment. New appointments are loaded between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday for the following 7-9 days.
The scheduling portal allows you to search for vaccination appointments based on distance. Individuals may travel to any vaccination site within the state and do not have to stay within their county or city of residence.
LIFE Senior Services is available to help seniors register through Oklahoma’s Vaccine Appointment Scheduler who do not have internet or email access. Individuals should call the senior line at (918) 664-9000, ext. 1136
IMMYLabs Is a local covld-19 testing location that gives vaccinations following the Oklahoma Department of Health’s Ellglblllty guidelines, Check back regularly If appointments are not currently available, as cancellations may open more appointments. You can also follow IMMYLabs on Facebook, Twitter, and lnstagram for updates on new appointments, locations, and times.
Both Walmart and Sam’s club are offering appointments for the Covld•19 vaccine. Appointment eligibility is based on the Oklahoma Department of Health’s criteria. Individual s need to have a Walmart.com or Sam’s Club online account to register for appointments through these sites. To register with Sam’s Club, an Individual must also have a Sam’s Club membership.
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS:
Individuals should check with their regular doctor’s office. Several health systems In Tulsa such as Ascension Saint John are receiving doses of the vaccine and are vaccinating their patients.
MORTON COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SERVICES:
Vaccine appointments may be made for those 65 and older, or adults of any a9e with comorbidities, by calling (918) 388-1990.
CVS & Walgreen’s pharmacies are now administering vaccines to Individuals based on their eligibility according to their State’s Department of Health criteria for prioritization. The above links allow Individuals to check for vaccine appointments and sign-up.
INDIAN/ TRIBAL NATIONS
Every Tribe and Nation may set their own criteria for vaccinations, which means that guidelines will vary among tribes. Individuals are advised to contact their tribe directly to ask about vaccination. Information Is often shared via social media such as on tribal Facebook pages.
Beginning March 15, 2021, appointments are available to all those 18 years and older. To make an appointment to receive the vaccine, call (800) 349-7026 ext. 6
COVID·19 vaccine appointments are currently open to the public at no charge. If you need assistance scheduling your vaccine appointment call (918) 342·6580 between the hours of 8:00-11:30AM and 12:00-3:00PM.
Tho Pawnoo Indian Health Contor Is expanding COVID-19 vaccine access to ell Individuals age 16 and up. If you would like to be scheduled for a vaccine appointment, please call us at (918) 762-6724 or (918) 762-6639
Any member of the public, including non-Natives, who live within the 14-county reservation are now eligible for a vaccine within Cherokee Nation Health Services. Appointments may be made by phone: (539) 234·4099.
The Chickasaw Nation COVID•19 vaccine Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at (580) 272-1339.
Osage Nation Is offering COVI0•l9 vaccinations to any person 18 years or older (both Native and Non-Native). Monday thru Friday from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm at the Osage Nation Civic Center – 14149 W Main Street, Pawhuska OK 74056. For more details, please consult the Nation’s Facebook page or call ONHS COVI0·19 Vaccine Hotline at (918) 287-0076
Testing in Tulsa County is available through the Tulsa Health Department. You can sign up for a test on their website: https://www.tulsa-health.org/. Testing is also available at the following locations below. Hours, eligibility requirements, cost, and other details may vary. Please visit the organization’s website or contact them directly for more information. For testing statewide, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
- OU-Tulsa Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic
- 591 E. 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74106
- OSU Center for Health Sciences
- 1111 W 17th St, Tulsa, OK 74107
- Walmart Locations:
- Multiple locations in Tulsa County – Click link above for available locations
- CVS Locations:
- Multiple locations in Tulsa County – Click link above for available locations
- Access Medical Care
- 2929 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa, OK 74129
- Morton Comprehensive Health Services
- 1334 N Lansing Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106
- Med Express
- 2140 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114
- MCI Diagnostics
- 7018 S Utica Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136
- IMMY Labs
- Click link above for available locations
- 6732 E 41st St, Tulsa, OK 74145
- Community Health Connection
- 12020 E 31 St, Tulsa OK 74146
COVID-19 is a corona-type virus spread through close contact with an infected person. TU is committed to helping our community prevent contracting and spreading the coronavirus. TU has resources and information to help you stay well and know what to do if you feel ill.
Yes. TU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) remains open to students and employees during this stressful time. Whether you are on or off campus, you can contact CAPS for support. Contact CAPS at 918-631-2200 to schedule a clinical consultation with a counselor or a non-clinical consultation with an outreach team member to learn about coping skills and other resources.
All sessions will be held virtually. CAPS can help you find services in your area if remote sessions are not an option. The Self-Help Toolkit is also a useful compilation of different mental health resources curated by the CAPS counseling staff.