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Tulsa Tech: Student Made Contact With Tulsa's First Confirmed Coronavirus Case

Posted at 3:28 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:44:48-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Tech officials announced Monday that they were notified that a student at the Health Sciences Center, which is located on the Lemley Memorial Campus, had contact with Tulsa's first confirmed coronavirus case.

The student, who works part-time at an urgent care, was wearing a mask when they came in contact with the patient, who was also wearing a mask, officials said.

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Officials say the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as well as the Tulsa Health Department, say the "contact was deemed low-risk."

Tulsa Tech says per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases with low risk are allowed to go about their daily activities.

Officials say they have a plan in place to keep extra precaution and will have the cleaning crews perform "additional sanitizing in high touch areas."

Officials go on to say, "We take this potential health issue seriously; we are continuing to monitor each campus for outbreaks and are regularly disinfecting schools during and after school hours. In any situation involving disease control, Tulsa Tech will follow the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the CDC, Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department.In the meantime, we continue to stress the importance of frequent hand washing and general best practices for cold and flu season to our students and staff, as has previously been recommended by Tulsa Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)."

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