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
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19
- Avoid contact with others especially those who are ill.
- If you are not vaccinated, wear a mask outside of the home and maintain 6 feet distance between you and others whenever possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- 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. Individuals with COVID-19 may experience any combination of the following symptoms:
- Fever and chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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 at 918-631-2241 or and the Tulsa Health Department at 918-595-4399. You may need to leave a message and wait for a callback.
- 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 after your virtual appointment or hospital visit. Tell them if you were tested for coronavirus and/or any other diseases and the outcomes and recommendations.
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:
If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should 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 at 918-631-2241 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.
Depending on whether or not you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you may need to immediately self-quarantine. Please see TU’s Isolation and Quarantine Instructions for more information.
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.
Important phone numbers
- Alexander Health Center 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.
- 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