All University of Oklahoma employees, resident physicians, and students, please note the NEW screening guidance as of July 1, 2020.
Each time you experience one of the following scenarios, you must complete the University’s online Screening and Reporting Tool for assessment and clearance PRIOR to returning to campus or returning to a University-related function or obligation.
- You have been away from campus for 7 consecutive calendar days or more.*
- You returned from domestic or international travel (including any cruise). Domestic travel is defined as travel outside the State of Oklahoma.**
- You attended an event, entertainment venue, or group gathering of 10 people or more at which you were not wearing a mask and did not practice appropriate social distancing in the last 14 days. The people in your household do not count towards the 10 people at the gathering.
- You have had close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or someone who has symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19. Typical symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, and/or extreme fatigue.
- You have experienced symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, and/or extreme fatigue. Please contact your primary care provider with any personal medical questions for guidance concerning your specific symptoms. For a complete list of symptoms, please visit the Center of Disease Control webpages.
- You or a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
Please contact your campus health clinic for further guidance:
Given the unique nature of the programs at the OU Health Sciences Center campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, our health care mission, and our patient populations, this screening requirement is an important effort we can implement to stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you need assistance accessing the online screening tool with your OU/OUHSC assigned login and password, please contact your campus IT Help Desk.
* A medical professional will be in contact with you, typically within 24 hours, following submission of your form. Based on a medical professional’s review of your information utilizing criteria developed by public health and infectious disease experts, you may be directed to observe a self-isolation period of up to 14 days. Individuals are encouraged to discuss their scheduling with their supervisor or faculty.
If, as part of your University employment or the required academic curriculum, you must travel on a daily or similarly regular basis in a personal vehicle (either alone or with other members of your household) back and forth across Oklahoma state lines, you may not be required to complete this screening tool each time you leave the state (unless you meet one of the other screening and reporting criteria). For example – If you live 10 miles over the Oklahoma state line and commute in your personal vehicle to the OU Health Sciences Center, another OUHSC location, or assigned OUHSC clinical experience each day to work or attend class, you may not have to complete the form every time you commute. You MUST check with your immediate supervisor or student dean for further information regarding the Commuter Process to determine if it applies to your particular circumstances.
Factors for Consideration
Below are suggested factors that the immediate supervisor or student’s dean or their designee should review in considering an application for the Commuter Process:
- Method of travel (public vs. private transportation): Air, Bus, Train, Shared Ride Services are higher risk and generally not appropriate for the Commuter Process.
- Frequency of travel: If it’s a one-time only trip, the employee/student will need to submit the Screening and Reporting Tool. If it’s regularly scheduled based on academic or clinical requirements, the Commuter Process may be appropriate, but the other factors must also be considered.
- Essential nature: Is the travel being considered for the Commuter Process essential to the employee’s job or the student’s academic curriculum? If yes, the Commuter Process may be appropriate, but the other factors must also be considered.
- Origin of travel: Travel to and from a “hot spot” or an area experiencing a current “outbreak” is higher risk and generally not appropriate for the Commuter Process.
The supervisor/dean approving the Commuter Process application must report the approval to Employee/Student Health firstname.lastname@example.org within 72 hours. Once approved under the Commuter Process, the employee or student must
agree to notify Student & Employee Health on their campus if at any time any of the above factors change – for example, if they begin experiencing symptoms or if their commuting situation changes.