NOC officials have been informed today that a student who moved into student housing on the Tonkawa campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is now in quarantine at home. NOC personnel are working with the Kay County Health Department who is conducting a contact tracing investigation. Following CDC guidelines and directed by health officials, individuals who may have been in close contact with this person previously are being contacted and provided information on next steps for screening and self-quarantine, if necessary.
“Northern Oklahoma College is following the guidance of national and local health officials, and federal reporting guidelines, in our response to a positive diagnosis on campus. When we receive confirmation that an NOC student or employee has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and has been present on campus, there are important measures that will be promptly taken including quarantine or isolation, contact tracing, communication and facility disinfection,” said College officials. “Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community members.”
According to the NOC Pandemic Response Plan, students and employees are required to immediately self-report to the appropriate campus administrator a positive COVID-19 test or a primary exposure contact with an individual who has tested positive.
The College will continue to communicate updates as developments warrant and will remain focused on the health and well-being of the entire NOC family. For more information on Northern Oklahoma College and COVID-19, please visit http://www.noc.edu/emergency/.