This web page will be regularly updated with information as it relates to COVID-19 (also referred to as the novel coronavirus) and the Rose State College campus community. For further information as it relates to COVID-19, please refer to the Oklahoma County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).
Symptoms of COVID-19
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle of body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms or emergency warning signs.
Rose State College cares about the safety of its students, employees and visitors.
Beginning July 20, all students, employees and visitors must wear a mask or face covering (that covers both the nose and mouth and stay on the face without assistance from the hands) while in the following situations:
- Public Spaces
- Outdoors, if social distancing is not possible, and
- Other common areas across campus where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
To facilitate this, Rose State College is providing reusable face coverings to its employees and on-campus students. Disposable masks will also be made available to visitors who arrive without a mask.
Rose State College is also taking other measures to ensure a safe return.
Where possible, flex courses will be offered to students. A flex course gives students options on how they can participate in a course through a combination of online, face-to-face, synchronous (real-time online or in-person) and asynchronous (recorded for later viewing) learning experiences.
The College has purchased electrostatic disinfectant applicators, devices which enable our custodians to disinfect a room in minutes. Additionally, a portion of the custodial staff will be dedicated to disinfection of frequently touched objects, such as door handles and fountains. Finally, hand sanitizer stations will be conveniently placed at every first-floor entrance.
What you can do
Stay informed: Rose State College has compiled a list of helpful links to assist in maintaining awareness of COVID-19. Students, staff, and faculty are urged to review these links to maintain preparedness.
Practice good hygiene: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with those that are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap (or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Self-Isolate: If you believe that you meet the CDC virus criteria, we ask that you self-isolate. Contact with others should be avoided, except to receive medical treatment and care. Do not go to school or work and avoid public places. For further guidance, please see the following page, “What to Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” at the CDC website. Absences from work may be covered if they meet the criteria identified by the Department of Labor’s Family First Coronavirus Response Act.
Receive Counseling: Rose State College realizes that this may be a time of increased stress for our students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, and staff can now engage the support of campus counselors while you safely remain in your home! Rose State College now has a new platform while allows us to conduct free confidential counseling sessions – please call (405) 733-7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your first session with a Rose State College counselor.
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