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Dear ORU Community: 

Welcome to the first day of spring classes! We are believing for a safe, Spirit-empowered and life-changing semester for each of you. The Health and Safety Task Force continues to daily monitor the COVID-19 cases at ORU as well as the state, local trends and case numbers. Currently, there is a significant outbreak of COVID-19 infection in the Tulsa-area and Oklahoma.  As we start this semester, please remember it is imperative to exercise personal responsibility to maintain your health and to contribute to a healthy ORU community. Below are some important notes: 

·      Should you not feel well or begin displaying COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested. Complimentary testing for COVID-19 and the influenza virus will be available through ORU Student Health to staff, faculty and students free of charge (as supplies are available), allowing anyone who is symptomatic or has been in close contact to be tested. Please call 918-495-6341 to schedule an appointment. 

·      At any time, should you test positive, please complete the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Form. After submission, an ORU Case Manager will contact you with the next steps on isolation procedures. 

·      To ensure proper protocols are followed, should you come in close contact with an individual that is COVID-19 positive, please complete the Quarantine Questionnaire for Students or Quarantine Questionnaire for Faculty/Staff. After submission, an ORU Case Manager will contact you with the next steps on quarantine procedures.

·      Although masks remain optional in all campus venues and at all campus events, we encourage you to consider wearing one indoors when around others. An N95 mask provides better protection than a cloth mask; please see CDC mask guidance .The University will provide one N95 mask per person for faculty, staff and students as supplies are available. They are located at the Concierge Desk on LRC 3rd floor or at the front desk, in the lobby, of each residence hall. 

·      The carry out option will continue to be available for the cafeteria.

·      We continue to monitor CDC, state and local health authority guidelines, data and trends. It is important for you to understand that the information in this email is subject to change. ORU reserves the right to implement layers of safety which may include, but are not limited to additional testing, masks, social distancing, requirements based upon vaccination status, etc. 

·      For questions or accommodations, please contact healthandsafety@oru.edu.

·      ORU Health & Safety Guidelines 

Have a great semester!

The Health and Safety Task Force 

“…I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  3 John 1:2 (NIV)

Happy New Year, Students!

The ORU community is excited and ready to welcome you back to campus and class for another awesome year! Below are some notes from the Health and Safety Task Force that will be in effect for the spring semester.

·      Personal responsibility. As noted in prior communications, personal responsibility is paramount to keeping everyone safe on campus. Please continue to do your part to keep the ORU community safe. 

·      Effective January 3, ORU will follow the recently updated CDC guidelines for quarantine-isolation. One important change is that, for people who are unvaccinated or are more than 6 months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

·      Should any on-campus student test positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, designated quarantine and isolation spaces are available. Just like last year, students that live within 100-miles of campus are asked to isolate or quarantine at home. 

·      Complimentary testing for COVID-19 and the influenza virus will be available through ORU Student Health to staff, faculty and students free of charge (as supplies are available), allowing anyone who is symptomatic or has been in close contact to be tested. Please call 918-495-6341 to schedule an appointment. 

·      Testing: Due to the continued rising number of COVID-19 cases, ORU will continue with the systematic, randomized COVID-19 testing throughout the semester for students who live on campus. This process involves random samples of students being selected and tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or are showing symptoms. These tests are free. Additionally, should there be a test for cause, testing requirements will be implemented. 

·      At any time, should you test positive, please complete the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Form. After submission, an ORU Case Manager will contact you with next steps on isolation procedures. 

·      To ensure proper protocols are followed, should you come in close contact with an individual that is COVID-19 positive, please complete the Quarantine Questionnaire for Students. After submission, an ORU Case Manager will contact you with next steps on quarantine procedures.

·      Masks remain optional in all campus venues and at all campus events. However, faculty and staff may ask students to wear a mask when meeting with them in their offices. Social distancing will not be required in the cafeteria, food outlets, Chapel, classrooms, or departments. Residential classes and faculty-student interactions will continue to be offered in-person, face-to-face and virtual formats. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus to ensure good hygiene. 

·      ORU expects all of its student, faculty and staff to prayerfully exercise the highest degree of personal responsibility to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please consult with your physician/health care provider to ensure you are fully educated on the relevant facts, have evaluated options to address COVID-19, and are able to make fully informed and appropriate decisions to protect the health, safety and welfare of yourself as well as all members of the ORU community.

·      We continue to monitor CDC, state and local health authority guidelines, date and trends. It is important for you to understand that the information in this email is subject to change. ORU reserves the right to implement layers of safety which may include, but are not limited to additional testing, masks, social distancing, requirements based upon vaccination status, etc. 

Questions? healthandsafety@oru.edu; The online Health and Safety guidelines will be updated by the start of the semester.

We are cheering you on!

The Health and Safety Task Force 

“…I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  3 John 1:2 (NIV)

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