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 purpose of pre-arrival COVID-19 testing is to identify those individuals who may be asymptomatic but test positive. Students who test positive can then isolate at home and not travel to TU until medically cleared for the health and safety of the campus community.
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.