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Oklahoma Christian University offered COVID-19 tests for students heading home for Thanksgiving holiday

Many activities and classes have been moved outdoors at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E Memorial Road. [Photo provided]
Many activities and classes have been moved outdoors at Oklahoma Christian University, 2501 E Memorial Road. [Photo provided]

Oklahoma Christian University students tested for final exams and for COVID-19 this week.

Dr. Jeff McCormack, the university's chief academic officer, worked with the Oklahoma State Health Department to secure rapid tests that allowed every student to do a quick, simple nasal swab before gathering with family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

McCormack's message for students to test to stop the spread was supported by Gov. Kevin Stitt at a recent news conference. McCormack is an infectious disease specialist who heads up OC’s COVID-19 task force.

"Dr. Mc.Cormack's experience and specialized training have been a tremendous resource for our campus during the pandemic. God knew that we would need a leader with Dr. McCormack’s abilities,"OC President John deSteiguer, said in a news release.

"His innovation and implementation of healthy practices have allowed our university to successfully offer in-person classes this semester."

McCormack took the projection of a fall COVID-19 spike seriously and proactively implemented a school calendar that ended the fall semester the week before Thanksgiving. OC students took finals before their two-month winter break. The private Christian school at 2501 E Memorial Road reported that 186 students out of a student body of 2,250, tested positive for COVID-19 sometime during the fall semester.

This week, a nasal swab rapid test was made available to each student and employee, plus another test will be conducted when everyone returns after the winter break. Testing appointments filled quickly after the university's announcement went out, and capacity was increased to meet the demand.

Test results were received within 30 minutes. Those who test positive were given instructions for isolating at home. Any students who could not go home after a positive test were to be cared for on campus.

OC partners with Immy Labs and hosts free, drive thru Nasopharyngeal tests three days a week to anyone who signs up at ImmyLabs.com. Students have unlimited access to Immy tests as well.

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