COVID Response – Updates

July 22, 2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Report

COVID Protocol

Until further notice, the College will be enforcing the following Covid protocol while on all 3 campuses:

  • There will be only one entrance into the building at all three campuses 
  • All who enter the building must have their temperature taken using a non-contact method  
  • All who enter the building must have a mask or face covering
  • All who enter the building must sanitize their hands
  • Social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible
  • Only two individuals on the elevator at a time
  • If you are sick you are asked to stay home
  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID while at work we ask that you go home
  • If you have had close contact with a family member or other individual who is positive, you are asked to quarantine for approximately 14 days
  • If you have been to a recent large gathering you are asked to notify your supervisor or HR Director 
  • If you travel out of Oklahoma to a hotspot you are asked to quarantine for three days before returning to work
  • Wash and sanitize your hands throughout the day, refrain from touching your nose and mouth 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. 

Response

Our workers are all required to have their temperature taken before they enter the facility.
Entrants are required to wear face masks.
We have hand sanitizing stations at the front entrances.
We have signs instructing people to wash their hands.
We’re substituting video conferencing in place of physical meetings where possible.

Reaching Out

We released a social media video from our Surgical Technology department to instruct any who are interested in how to conduct a medical grade handwashing:

We’ve also communicated to our employees about their rights in the COVID-19 pandemic. Like paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the families first coronavirus response act.

Some information for our workers from the FFCRA:

The Family First Coronavirus Response Act 

The FFCRA will provide employees with paid sick leave and Expanded Family & Medical Leave for specified reasons related to Covid-19. These provisions will be in effect from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. 

Paid Leave Entitlements

Up to two weeks (80 hours, or part-time employee two-week equivalent) of paid sick leave based on the employee’s regular rate of pay.  There is a cap per day depending on your salary. Part-time employees would be eligible for leave based on the number of hours they normally are scheduled to work. 

Qualifiers

An employee is entitled to take leave related to Covid-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework because they are sick due to Covid or caring for a person who is sick because of Covid or caring for a child whose school or daycare is closed due to Covid or an order to quarantine by federal or state order or by a healthcare provider.  An employee who has been with the company at least 30 days is eligible to take Extended Family Medical Leave if they qualify. 

Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms to watch for.  Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk of developing more serious complications from the illness. 

Possible symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fever
• Chills
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

Emergency warning signs.  If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency care immediately:

• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• Confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face

Know how it spreads:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to be spread mainly from person to person:

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms 

Everyone Should:

Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

If soap and water are not readily available use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

More Resources

National:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Johns Hopkins (they have been tracking coronavirus since early January & are very respected)

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

Local:

Oklahoma State Department of Health (great cite!)

https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/

Tulsa Health Department

https://www.tulsa-health.org/COVID19

City of Tulsa

https://www.cityoftulsa.org/residents/coronavirus-covid-19/