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ORU student under quarantine after traveling to China – KOKI - 23

ORU student under quarantine after traveling to China – KOKI - 23

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa’s Oral Roberts University quarantined a student who returned from a trip to China on Thursday, schools officials said. The World Health Organization recently declared the coronavirus a global health emergency after thousands of people have been infected worldwide. Most of those cases are in China. Stephanie Hill, director of university relations, told FOX23 they called the Tulsa County Health Department for recommendations when they learned when the student planned to return. The Tulsa Health Department commented on the situation saying they did not recommend to quarantine the student: “This week, the Tulsa Health Department was contacted by a representative from Oral Roberts University with concerns of the novel coronavirus regarding a student recently returning from China. A THD epidemiologist provided consultation on what precautions would be advised, which would be preventive measures such as frequent hand washing and for the individual to self-monitor for symptoms and contact the Tulsa Health Department if symptoms were to develop. Through communications, a misunderstanding occurred and no recommendation is being made to quarantine the individual.” The student is not showing any signs of the virus, but the school will hold them in a 14-day quarantine to make sure symptoms don’t develop over time. Hill said the student made it through all necessary airport screenings and they don’t anticipate the virus to develop. She said the student did not travel to the Chinese province where the virus is most prevalent. ORU will provide all necessities to the student and is making plans to ensure they can continue class work during the quarantine. The Tulsa Health Department commented on the situation saying they did not recommend to quarantine the student: “This week, the Tulsa Health Department was contacted by a representative from Oral Roberts University with concerns of the novel coronavirus regarding a student recently returning from China. A THD epidemiologist provided consultation on what precautions would be advised, which would be preventive measures such as frequent hand washing and for the individual to self-monitor for symptoms and contact the Tulsa Health Department if symptoms were to develop. Through communications, a misunderstanding occurred and no recommendation is being made to quarantine the individual.” © 2020 © 2020 Cox Media Group

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