Information and Resources -- The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Langston University Emergency Leadership Team (ELT) continue to monitor events and information around the Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19 and formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV). With potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19 rising in the United States and around the world, the ELT has increased its monitoring, vigilance and efforts related to the virus and the health safety of the campus community. Below you will find additional guidance based upon frequently asked questions.

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
What are symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
What happens to the students attending Langston University if there is a confirmed case on campus?
What if I recently traveled and have concerns that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
What preventive actions can be taken at this time?
What is Langston University doing to prepare our community?
When might Langston University operations be impacted and/or closed?
Where can I find updated information?
Where can I go for help?

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What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

As the name suggests, the novel coronavirus is a new virus to the coronavirus family -- one that has not been previously identified by health officials. On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease first identified in Wuhan, China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019 -- abbreviated as COVID-19. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”

What are symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For the vast majority of people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild (like a cold or flu) and they resolved after several days. Flu like symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat. According to the CDC, symptoms may appear as soon as two days after exposure or as long as 14 days after exposure.

What happens to the students attending Langston University if there is a confirmed case on campus?

If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, then Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protocols will be followed. Infected persons will receive medical treatment and the necessary support. Persons who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by local health authorities. Langston University will fully support that effort.

What if I recently traveled and have concerns that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

Students, faculty, and/or staff who have traveled internationally since December 1, 2019, are requested and expected to do the following:

    • Students should visit the Health Services Clinic located on the first floor, University Women, for a brief assessment. The clinic may be contacted via phone at (405) 466-3335 to set an appointment.
    • Faculty and/or staff should contact their medical provider for an assessment. If necessary and appropriate, your medical provider can furnish a release to return, which should be filed with Student and Employee Services.

 

What preventive actions can be taken at this time?

  • Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What is Langston University doing to prepare our community?

  • LU activated its Emergency Leadership Team (ELT), including health professionals and experts in mid-January to begin preparations.
  • LU initiated advanced screening and questioning at the Health Clinic.
  • LU is reviewing all university-sponsored travel that might implicate or be impacted by COVID-19.
  • The Health Clinic is screening all patients who come to the clinic with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • LU administrators are actively planning for various scenarios with potential short- and longer-term impacts, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the impact to university operations.

When might Langston University operations be impacted and/or closed?

All campuses will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice to support social distancing. Other modified operations are as follows:

  • All coursework will transition to fully online delivery through the end of the spring semester. Faculty will be sharing additional guidance with students via email and D2L for completing coursework through the end of the semester.
  • We will begin closing or consolidating all campus housing facilities. Only students, faculty, and staff who have written approval from the Executive Policy Group (EPG) may remain in housing.
    • We will work with students to make arrangements for retrieving their belongings at a date when traveling is safe. The Request to Remain form may be found here and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020.
    • Limited travel funding is available for students through a grant application to travel home due to COVID-19. Apply for funding through this form.
    • Appropriate credit adjustments will be made on the accounts of students who do not return to campus housing or who move-out by April 3, 2020. These adjustments will account for housing, meal plan, and select fees. Tuition will not be discounted or refunded
  • No Langston University employee will be allowed on any campus without a critical business purpose identified by their supervisor and authorized by the EPG.
  • All members of our community are encouraged to employ appropriate social-distancing and practice enhanced hygiene.
  • Additional guidance will be provided by the respective academic schools. We will reevaluate these guidelines on an ongoing basis and share any updates or modifications.
  • In an effort to maximize social-distancing, all institutional events are canceled or postponed effective immediately and until further notice.
  • Dining on the Langston Campus will remain open in order to serve individuals approved to stay on campus.

International Travel Guidance and Restrictions

  • Langston University faculty, staff, and students may not travel to any region with a CDC Level 3 travel advisory for University business or academic purposes, including but not limited to study abroad, research or grant activity, internships, to perform academic work for credit, service, conferences or presentations, teaching or training, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions.
  • Travel to Level 3 restricted regions for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.
  • Hosting incoming visitors from Level 3 restricted regions for personal purposes is strongly discouraged.
  • Hosting incoming visitors on campus from Level 3 restricted regions for University-related purposes (visiting lecturers, visiting scholars, researchers, etc.) requires prior approval from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the visitor’s arrival.

Domestic Travel Guidance and Restrictions

As of today, Langston University has not implemented any restrictions on domestic travel related to COVID-19; however, we strongly recommend that travelers avoid areas where the virus is reported to be spreading. Follow CDC travel guidance and utilize a high standard of hygiene practices throughout any travel to mitigate risk. As of now, those areas include the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and New York.

Where can I find updated information?

For information regarding the COVID-19 virus, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.

Click here to view an interactive map of COVID-19 cases around the world.

Where can I go for help?

If you experience any flu like symptoms, please visit a medical provider for evaluations. Students may visit the Langston University Health Services Clinic located on the 1st floor of University Women. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Monday- Friday. Additional resources are listed below.

Logan County Health Department
215 Fairgrounds Rd. #A
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 282-3485

Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center
300 N. Martin Luther King Jr.
Langston, OK 73050
(405) 466-2535

Mercy Clinic Convenient Care-Guthrie Division
2919 S. Division
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 282-6301

Mercy Hospital Logan County
200 S. Academy Rd.
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 282-6700

If you have questions regarding the Novel Coronavirus not answered by the CDC website, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Services Clinic.

Langston University Health Services Clinic
University Women Room 112
(405) 466-3335

 

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March 20, 2020: Spring 2020 Housing Guidance
March 19, 2020: Classes to Remain Online Throughout the Spring 2020 Semester
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