University officials are continuously monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the coronavirus) and its potential impact to the campus community. Currently, the university is restricting travel to any area with a Level 3 travel warning or above by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or the U.S. State Department. Right now, this list includes China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. Students, faculty and staff involved in affected university-sponsored study tours/programs are being directly contacted about arrangements.
For personal travel, students, faculty and staff are advised to follow CDC and State Department guidelines and warnings. Whether traveling or staying close to home or campus, take common illness prevention precautions such as frequent, thorough hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoiding the sharing of utensils or drinks, avoiding contact with sick people, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth and maintaining healthy sleep and dietary habits.
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with virus, such as fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, contact your primary care physician as soon as possible. If you do not have one, contact the OU Physicians Health and Wellness Clinic at UCO at 405-271-8261.
This is an evolving situation that may require the university to quickly alter its policies and procedures. The university does have a pandemic plan and is making the arrangements needed should the plan and associated protocols need to be activated. Updates will be communicated to campus via email, social media and on the university website. Critical, urgent alerts will be communicated via the Central Alert system.