COVID-19 health and safety updates (student email) - The University of Tulsa

COVID-19 health and safety updates (student email)

Dear students,

I am writing to share important health and safety updates enacted today by The University of Tulsa in response to rising COVID-19 cases in our community. As you undergo pre-arrival testing, positive cases are being reported to the university at a concerning rate.

As of 2 p.m. today, we are aware of 48 active COVID-19 cases in the TU community: 39 student, six staff and three faculty cases. The majority of these cases involve asymptomatic vaccinated individuals who have not received a booster shot. Our numbers continue to increase as students test before arriving on campus. We believe we will cross the 50-case threshold today, which has always been a trigger for more restrictive measures on a temporary basis.

Therefore, the university is enacting additional campus safety measures for one week, beginning Monday, Jan. 10. These measures will be reviewed each week and modified as warranted by the situation.

Key points

    1. Students must wear a face covering in all academic and administrative buildings on campus. The more effective KN95 and surgical masks are preferred to single-layer cloth masks. Signage will be prominently displayed on building entrances where mask-wearing is required.
    2. The COVID-19 Management Team continues to closely monitor campus and community metrics. If you have not yet done so, please complete TU’s vaccination and booster verification form to notify the university of your vaccination status.
    3. Students are required to self-report a positive COVID-19 test result or diagnosis, a known exposure to COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 to the university using the COVID-19 self-reporting form for students.
    4. If you are required to take a return-to-campus COVID-19 test and have not yet done so, please either test pre-arrival and upload your result to the continuous testing verification form or sign up for a free testing appointment on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we navigate and respond to the challenges presented by this most recent wave of the pandemic. The omicron variant is highly contagious but fortunately less severe than others. Individuals with a booster shot have the most protection from illness. I urge you to receive a booster if you are eligible.

If you have any questions, send an email to covid19@utulsa.edu.

Sincerely,

Matt Warren
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer