May 14, 2021
The CDC announced that individuals who have received the vaccine may stop wearing masks and are no longer required to social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings. The CDC does recommend that those who have not been vaccinated continue to wear masks and social distance. While masks are not required at Meridian, students and visitors may choose to wear one.
Modifications may be made to today’s decision based on future guidance from federal, state and local public health officials.
January 5, 2021
The CDC released additional guidance on December 10, 2020, related to people who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered. They do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. Meridian students and staff who believe they fall within these recommendations may be able to attend class if they are able to provide a health care provider’s note that they tested positive for COVID-19 within that 3-month window.
Read more on the guidance from the CDC.
December 7, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released alternative options to a 14-day quarantine based on local circumstances and resources.
Meridian has chosen to adopt the following guidance: Students and staff who have had close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive can end their quarantine after day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. Symptoms should continue to be monitored through day 14. The person in quarantine should adhere strictly to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions and mitigation strategies through quarantine day 14. If any symptoms develop, a person who has been in quarantine should immediately self-isolate and contact their health care provider or public health provider.
Read more on the guidance from the CDC.
Q: What should I do if I suspect I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Please contact your personal health care provider or local county department of health for guidance on next steps (possible quarantining, testing, returning to campus). Students identified by contact tracing who were exposed to a student who tests positive for COVID-19 would be asked to quarantine at home. Depending on the circumstances, that could lead to a temporary closure of the program. During a temporary program closure students will be assigned to distance learning until they are able to return to campus.
Q: What guidance should I follow if I am awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or test positive?
Follow the advice of your health care provider, the health department or the CDC before returning to campus. The health department will work with a person who has tested positive to do contact tracing and notify anyone who might have been in contact with that person. While it is your personal decision whether or not you inform your instructor of your test results, you will need to follow policy by notifying your instructor of your absence. The following resources provide guidance.
- Guidance for COVID-19 Exposure
- When to Quarantine
- Households Living in Close Quarters—How to protect those most vulnerable
- When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19
Oklahoma State Department of Health Resources
Q: What will the procedure be for notification if a student or employee tests positive?
If Meridian is notified of a positive test result (staff, student, guest), we will seek guidance from the appropriate health officials on our next steps. In accordance with HIPAA and FERPA, we will communicate to the best of our ability the information we are able to share.
Q: If I have been around someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or think I may have COVID-19, who can I contact about being tested?
No-Cost Testing (May require an appointment)
Payne County Health Dept. – Stillwater 405-372-8200
1321 W. 7th Ave., Stillwater
Payne County Health Dept. – Cushing 918-225-3377
1026 Linwood, Cushing
Noble County Health Dept. – Perry 580-336-2257
300 E. Fir St., Perry
Pawnee County Health Dept. – Pawnee 918-762-3643
369 Seventh St., Pawnee
Logan County Health Dept. – Guthrie 405-282-3485
215 Fairgrounds Rd., Guthrie
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AMC Urgent Care Plus – Stillwater 405-385-0029
1909 W. 6th Ave., Stillwater
Stillwater Urgent Care 405-743-7323
1815 W 6th Ave., Stillwater
Stillwater Medical Center Urgent Care 405-372-1480
1323 W. Sixth Ave., Stillwater
Stillwater Medical Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine 405-533-8990
518 E Lakeview Rd., Stillwater
Perry Memorial Hospital 580-336-3541
501 North 14th St., Perry