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COVID-19 Self Reporting Form

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. This information will assist Eastern and local public health officials with monitoring cases occurring in our communities. 

Eastern COVID-19 Statistics

This information will be updated every Friday with the previous week's reported COVID-19 cases. It represents COVID-19 testing data at the Wilburton, McAlester, Idabel and Antlers locations. 

 
Current Student Cases

Current Employee Cases
   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

2

0

16

0

2

3

 McAlester

1

11

2

0

2

0

 Idabel

1

5

4

0

2

1

 Antlers

0

0

1

0

0

0

Updated 10/16/20

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. When a student or employee reports they have tested positive for COVID-19, the County Health Department is notified and contact tracing begins to identify any ON-CAMPUS close contacts (within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes during the infectious period) so that appropriate self-quarantines can be assigned.

HISTORICAL POSITIVE CASES: Reflects all self-reported positive cases by students and employees since July 1, 2020.

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 therefor does not know they have the virus. Scientists and health-care 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 for COVID-19 5-7 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

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 work space 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 backwards 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 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.

  • All EOSC students, faculty and staff are required to wear a face covering (mask) upon entering any campus building and in all common areas on campus. Please review the EOSC Face Covering Policy (pdf)
  • Sick students must not go to face-to-face classes or be present on campus. Please contact your instructor for any needed accommodations.  
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart. Avoid gathering in large groups where social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Use provided disinfectant wipes to clean and sanitize your desk and workspace in classrooms and labs. 
  • 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 afterwards. 
  • 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. 

Guidelines for 2020-2021 Academic Year

We are all members of the Mountaineer Community. Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge with the global COVID-19 pandemic. We must all work together and do our part to protect the health and well being of Eastern’s students, faculty and staff. Please do your part to follow the Eastern’s guidelines and have patience as we work together to protect our campus community. 

Academic Delivery for Fall 2020

Course Instruction Eastern is offering face-to-face and online delivery options for the fall 2020 semester. Every effort will be made to offer in-person classes with social distancing maintained, as well as sections offered fully online. 

  • Face-to-Face: Held at specific times following physical space guidelines on campus. All instructors will use ZOOM in the classroom, a “web-conference style” format, which allows students who are unable to attend class for pre-approved reasons to still participate. Laboratory activities for science classes will need to be conducted face-to-face only with masks and additional appropriate personal protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, etc., depending upon the type of laboratory activities.
  • Online: Content is delivered through the internet. No scheduled class meetings. 
Classrooms
  • Social distancing may reduce the capacity of students in certain classes. 
  • Face coverings (masks) are required in classrooms and labs. 
  • Assigned seating is required in all face-to-face classes so that effective tracing of positive cases can be accomplished. 
  • Students should follow social distancing guidelines in the classroom. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available in all classrooms and students are encouraged to disinfect their own areas and computer equipment before class begins. 
Pre-Finals & Finals Week
  • Face-to-face classes and in-person exams will be completed by Thanksgiving Break. Note: some academic programs such as Nursing and Respiratory Therapy may need to continue in-person classes for simulations, clinicals, etc. Residential students are encouraged to travel home, but will have the option to remain in campus housing if needed.
  • During Pre-Finals Week (Nov. 30- Dec. 3), lectures and assignments will be completed online through Blackboard. 
  • During Finals Week (Dec. 7-11), final exams will be offered online. On-campus services, tutoring labs and the Library will remain open for students. 
  • No meals will be provided during Finals Week (Dec. 7-11), however students may use their Mountaineer Bucks or cash to purchase food from the Cyber Cafe.
Library
  • The Library will be open by appointment only to EOSC students and staff for academic assignment purposes only. No children or general public allowed. 
  • Use of a computer for college coursework must also be scheduled by appointment only. 
  • Librarians will be available for a Zoom meeting, if needed. 
  • Call 918-465-1875 or email library@eosc.edu to schedule an appointment.
Bookstore
  • The Bookstore is open Monday-Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilburton. 
  • Students can also order books and supplies online at www.eoscbookstore.com.

Campus Life

Student Housing
  • Students are encouraged to practice social distancing outside residence hall rooms and in common gathering spaces. No gatherings of 10 or more people will be permitted.  
  • Access to all residence halls and Regents Court is restricted throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. No visitors will be permitted in the halls, rooms, lounges or common spaces. There will be no overnight guests approved this academic year.  
  • The frequency of daily cleaning of residence hall bathrooms and common gathering spaces will be increased. 
  • Dedicated rooms for isolation are available should a student require quarantine upon a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.  
  • Residential students will be encouraged to travel home for the last two weeks of the semester, but will have the option to remain in campus housing if needed. 
Campus Dining
  • The Cafeteria is open with capacity limits and social distancing. As students line up to eat, they must stay six feet apart. Tables will be set six feet apart and disinfected between each guest.  
  • No personal refillable containers are allowed. Great Western Dining will incorporate one-time use plates, cups and silverware for all meals.  
  • There are no self-serve items available, including the salad bar. GWD staff will offer more individually packaged items, including salads, desserts, etc. 
  • Students are allowed to get to-go meals to help reduce the number of people in the dining area.
  • No meals will be provided during Finals Week (Dec. 7-11), however students may use their Mountaineer Bucks or cash to purchase food from the Cyber Cafe.
Activities & Events
  • All activities and events must be planned to maintain social distancing guidelines and limit attendance. 
  • All activities and events involving students must be coordinated and approved by the Director of Student Life to ensure proper guidelines are followed.
Athletics
  • All Eastern athletic competition has been postponed to the spring 2021 semester per the NJCAA. 
  • Eastern will follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the NJCAA and Region II Conference. 
  • Guidelines for games and fans will be provided at a later date.
Campus Offices & Common Spaces
  • Certain campus offices, such as the Enrollment Center, Business Office and Students Services Office, may limit the number of students inside at one time. Please pay attention to campus signage for instructions.  
  • Students are not permitted to bring guests or children into the classroom or leave them waiting in common areas on campus.

Face Coverings

Eastern requires that all students, faculty, staff and visitors wear face coverings on the Eastern Oklahoma State College Wilburton and McAlester campuses. Eastern students attending classes at the Southeastern McCurtain County Campus in Idabel and the Kiamichi Technology Center in Antlers are required to follow the hosting institution’s policy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, which spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing).

What is a face covering?
For the purposes of this policy, it is defined as any cloth face covering, such as a facemask, bandana or scarf, that covers the nose and mouth, and ties around the ears or the back of the head. It must be secured under the chin and fit snugly against the sides of the face.

Where and when are face coverings required?
Face coverings are required when:
  • Indoors when other people are present, including classrooms and other learning environments, as well as common or public areas such as hallways, stairways, lobbies, common areas of residence halls, restrooms, elevators, the Library, Bookstore and Cafeteria 
  • Outdoors when keeping a six-foot distance from others may not be possible 
  • In all college-provided transportation, unless the drive is alone in the vehicle 
Face coverings are not required when:
  • Working or spending time alone in a personal workspace, office, or other area on campus 
  • Working or spending time outdoors (walking, exercising, etc.) and at least a six-foot distance from others can be maintained 
  • Inside a personal, on-campus residence hall room or apartment 
  • Eating or drinking – a six-foot physical distance between people is required when eating and drinking in the Cafeteria
How is the face covering policy be enforced?
Failure to comply with face covering requirements may result in denial of access to classrooms and other designated areas or participation in programs and activities. Faculty have the right to deny a student entry into the classroom if a student is not wearing a face covering. All students have the opportunity to participate in classes via online courses or Zoom web conference technology. Employees are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of employment, as well as for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, and the Eastern community.

Will there be exceptions for face coverings?
Exceptions or waivers for individuals will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students who need reasonable accommodations related to the use of face coverings may contact the ADA coordinator at ccarpenter@eosc.edu or 918-465-1810. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 918-465-1777.

What should I know about the care and safe use of face coverings?
Face coverings should:
  • Fit snugly against the face, completely covering the nose and mouth 
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops 
  • Include multiple layers of fabric 
  • Should be used in conjunction with physical distancing (six feet)
Face coverings become contaminated as you wear them, both from yourself and the environment around you. Face coverings must be taken off properly to avoid self-contamination:
  • Remove face coverings by the straps. DO NOT touch your eyes, nose, mouth or the inside of the cloth face covering 
  • Wash hands immediately after removal 
  • If your face covering is disposable, then promptly throw it away; do not place it into your pocket, backpack or where it may contaminate your belongings 
  • If you have a disposable face covering that you have to reuse, then store it between uses in a clean breathable container (paper bag) and be careful not to touch the inside of the face covering. Do not store in an airtight container 
  • If you have a reusable cloth face covering, make sure you wash it after each use (washing machine or soap and hot water) 
Where do I get a face covering?
Students, faculty, staff and visitors should plan to provide their own face coverings (cloth or disposable masks). Disposable masks are available by request in the Office of Student Services of the Office of Human Resources as needed. 

Additional Resources

Federal CARES Act Funds for Students

Eastern has obtained funding from the federal CARES Act to distribute to qualifying students and help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the initial email sent to students on May 13, 2020 for additional information.

CARES Act: 30-Day Fund Report - May 19, 2020 (pdf)

CARES Act: 45-Day Fund Report - June 23, 2020 (pdf)

CARES Act: 45-Day Fund Report - August 12, 2020 (pdf)

CARES Act: Quarterly Fund Report - July-September, 2020 (pdf)
CARES Act: Institutional Quarterly Fund Report - September 30, 2020 (pdf)
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