Eastern Oklahoma State College

COVID-19 Information 

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The health and safety of the Mountaineer community is Eastern's top priority. All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccination to help keep you and those around you healthy. Vaccinations are safe, effective and the most powerful tool available to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Get your COVID-19 vaccination and win prizes! To learn more, visit the #ThisIsOurShot Vaccination Incentive Contest webpage.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Forms

To ensure that Eastern can provide support and resources to students, faculty and staff who have been potentially exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, we request that individuals complete the online Self Reporting Form below. This information will assist Eastern and local public health officials with monitoring cases occurring in our communities. 

* Eastern students taking classes on the McCurtain County Campus should ONLY complete the online reporting form for Southeastern. You will be contacted by Eastern employees regarding procedures for quarantine and isolation.

COVID-19 Statistics for 2021-2022

STUDENTS

EMPLOYEES

Positive Cases
Currently in Isolation
Close Contacts
Currently in Quarantine
Historical
Positive Cases
Positive Cases
Currently in Isolation
Close Contacts
Currently in Quarantine
Historical
Positive Cases
Wilburton 1 2 17 0 0 7
McAlester 0 0 7 0 0 1
Idabel 0 0 6 0 0 0
Antlers 0 0 0 0 0 0

Statistics updated 10/22/2021.

POSITIVE TESTS: All positive cases reflect self-reported results made to Eastern Oklahoma State College. Self-reported numbers are provided for transparency and not all have been independently confirmed.

HISTORICAL POSITIVE CASES: Reflects all self-reported positive cases by students and employees for this academic year (since August 1, 2021).

COVID-19 Protocols for Students & Employees

Transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 primarily occurs through close person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet) through:

  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks 
  • Those respiratory droplets landing in the mouths, noses or eyes or being inhaled into the lungs 

COVID-19 can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. It is important to remember that COVID-19 may be spread by an infected person who is not showing any symptoms and therefore does not know they have the virus. Scientists and healthcare providers are still learning about COVID-19. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What are the symptoms of COVID?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (temperature above 100.4° F)
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What should I do if I become ill, exhibit symptoms or think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

  1. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, stay home and isolate yourself from family, friends and roommates as much as possible. If you develop symptoms while in class or on campus, go home or return to your residence hall room.

  2. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. Either the Office of Student Services or the Office of Human Resources will contact you to provide further guidance, testing or medical appointments and other resources. 

COVID-19 Testing is recommended for individuals who:

  • Are experiencing even mild symptoms of COVID-19 infection, including the symptoms listed above.
  • Had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, such as being closer than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes, living with or caring for someone with COVID-19, or sharing utensils, kissing or being coughed or sneezed on by the person. You should complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form as soon as you know that you’ve had a close contact. You’ll also need to self-isolate right away and be tested 7 days after the suspected date of your exposure. 

What happens next?

  • Based on your situation, Eastern officials will help determine if you need to isolate/quarantine, schedule a COVID-19 test or seek a medical appointment. 
  • If you live on campus in a residence hall, the process for arranging your isolation/quarantine space will be initiated. You will order your meals with the Office of Student Services for delivery. 
  • If you are an employee, notify your supervisor that you are in isolation/quarantine and work remotely if possible. 
  • You will be asked to help identify close contacts and assist the Health Department and Eastern officials with contact tracing. The following chart outlines the difference between isolation and quarantine, as well as the timelines for each. 

The following chart outlines the difference between isolation and quarantine, as well as the timelines for each.
 

Self-Isolation Self-Quarantine

What's the difference? 

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. 

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. 

For whom? 

  • People with COVID-19 who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized, or

  • People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for COVID-19, or

  • People who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are waiting for test results

  •  People with no symptoms, but who have been in close contact of people with COVID-19

What is a close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes

  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

  • You shared eating or drinking utensils

  • They sneezed, coughed, or otherwise got respiratory droplets on you

For how long? 

Until recovery, which is when all three have happened:

  1. It’s been 24 hours of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and

  2. Other symptoms have improved, and

  3. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Or if you didn’t have symptoms when you were tested, recovery is when: 

  1. 10 days have passed since the date of your positive test and

  2. You developed no symptoms.

For 14 days since the last date of possible exposure. The day of the exposure is Day 0.

On or after Day 7, you have the option of getting tested if you have not had any symptoms. If the results are negative, and you still don’t have any symptoms, you can discontinue quarantine and resume normal activities. 

What does this mean? 

  • Stay home or move to the Isolation/Quarantine floor in Miller Hall and remain there 24/7 except to get medical care

  • Avoid contact with others

  • Stay home or move to the Isolation/Quarantine floor in Miller Hall and remain there 24/7 except to get medical care

  • Avoid contact with others

  • Monitor for symptoms

  • If you develop symptoms, your close contacts should also self-quarantine

What if I have already been vaccinated?

  • Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others and be tested.

  • Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

  • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

  • Students and employees who are fully vaccinated and want to avoid quarantine will need to provide proof of vaccination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell us more about any students and employees who are being screened for COVID-19?
To protect their privacy, Eastern is legally not able to release personal information about any students or employees who are being monitored or tested for COVID-19.

When a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the relevant local health department and Eastern officials initiate appropriate protocols to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk. Eastern maintains a count of COVID-19 cases by campus that is updated weekly.

What does Eastern do when a student or employee has confirmed COVID-19?
Eastern officials depend on individuals to report when they have a confirmed/suspected case of COVID-19 or when they have been exposed to a positive case. The identities of those involved are closely protected and disclosed only on a need-to-know basis, such as a public health response, Housing and Human Resources. Once a report is received, the following steps are taken to protect the health and safety of Eastern’s campus communities: 

  1. We document the person’s symptoms, where they’ve spent time on campus recently and anyone who’s been in close contact (spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19).

  2. We conduct a risk assessment, which helps us decide on a specific action plan. Our actions may include any or all of the following:

    • We help the person understand how to take care of themselves and others by staying home and physically apart from other people.
    • If needed, we notify the person’s academic or department supervisor and provide information about actions that will be taken to prevent the virus’s spread.
    • We notify people who were in close contact with the person as far back as 48 hours before they developed symptoms.
    • If the person spent time on campus recently, we evaluate and coordinate enhanced cleaning and disinfection of those areas following CDC guidelines.
    • If the person spent time in a workspace on campus recently, we notify coworkers and others who have also been in that space and share information about steps we’re taking to prevent the virus’s spread. 

How does Eastern follow up with close contacts of a person who tested positive for COVID-19?
When a student or employee notifies Eastern about their positive test result, we begin working with them to reduce the risk of exposure to others. We work backward to 48 hours before the person developed symptoms and identify any place on campus where they spent time and people who had close contact with them — that is, anyone who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the person with COVID-19.

If you’re notified that you may have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, the Office of Student Services or Office of Human Resources will help you understand what you need to do, like staying home, monitoring your health and getting a COVID-19 test.

Health Guidelines

Student Health Responsibility 

The following outlines the expectations of all EOSC students while on campus. This is not only to protect your health, but also the health of our entire community. Your continued support of these guidelines is appreciated.

  • Sick students must not go to face-to-face classes or be present on campus. Please contact your instructor for any needed accommodations.  
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer regularly. Each campus building has hand sanitizer stations. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately. Wash your hands afterward. 
  • Disinfect all high-touch areas in your living area on a regular basis. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

High-Risk Students 
Students inquiring about general campus accommodations or accommodations related to COVID-19 for academics or housing need to contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 918-465-1810. 

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