BC’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Response
- Section 1: Determine Your Level of Risk (A, B, or C)
- Section 2: Recommendations on What to Do
- Section 3: BC’s Plan to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- Section 4: Additional Resources
BC family, since March we’ve had people in our community test positive with COVID-19, and it’s likely we’ll continue having members of our family test positive.
When this happens, we encourage all of us to be a loving, healing, and prayerful presence to those with COVID-19 and their family. It can be scary. It can drive people to feel ashamed. But, like any illness, it is something a person has not what a person is. When this happens, let’s demonstrate the love of Christ.
Do you have COVID-19?
Please let a BC staff member know ASAP or email firstname.lastname@example.org if have COVID-19 and you’ve been around other BC folks in the 48 hours before testing positive or showing symptoms. We’ll pray with you and help you reach out to anyone exposed within the BC community while honoring your privacy. If you’re not sure if you have COVID-19, use our self-assessment tool below. Our staff will make sure that anyone at BC who may have been exposed is contacted and helped with next steps.
Section 1: Determining Risk
To identify the severity and risk of exposure, we created a simple “ABC” risk-assessment tool based on information from the CDC, OHD, and THS. This is not a diagnosis, but a tool. Please call your healthcare professional for proper advice and care, especially if you are at high risk.
Person A = Any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Note: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been tested yet, it’s important to stay home. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Person B = A close contact. CDC, OHD, and THD define a close contact as any person who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10-15 minutes, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before positive specimen collection). This includes any physical contact.
Person C = Possible Exposure to COVID-19. This is any person who may have had some exposure to Person A (someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms) before Person A has quarantined, but not enough exposure to be considered Person B (close contact).
Section 2: Recommendations on What to Do
- Test Immediately: If you have not been tested and have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider first. Click here for Tulsa testing sites (Use the “Testing” drop down at the bottom of the page).
- Let Contacts Know: Inform anyone with whom you have been in close contact 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before taking a positive test. If you were around individuals within the BC community (e.g. small group, ministry event, large gathering, etc.), please let a BC staff member know ASAP or email email@example.com.
- With Symptoms: Stay home and self-isolate: At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared. AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved. If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home.
- Without Symptoms: Stay home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date you had your positive test. Monitor self for symptoms, take temperature twice daily and release from quarantine after 10 days as long as no symptoms have presented themself. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “With Symptoms.” Your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done.
- Self-Quarantine: If you are a close contact, you should self-quarantine for 10-14 days from your last contact with Person A even if you do not develop symptoms. You are not considered in the clear until 10-14 days after last exposure to an infected person.
- Call your Healthcare Provider: Tell them about any symptoms you may be experiencing and the level of your exposure, especially if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
- Monitor: Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Remember, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially older or more vulnerable individuals who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Testing: If you do develop symptoms, even mild ones, you should contact your healthcare provider, especially if you are high risk, and consider getting tested as soon as possible. If you don’t develop symptoms, there is no need to test. Continue in self-quarantine and monitor symptoms. If you do, however, want to test, you should wait until 5 days after exposure to receive the most accurate results.
No quarantine or action required unless you:
- Are older or considered a more vulnerable individual at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. If this is the case, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your level of exposure.
- Begin showing symptoms. Call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms.
- Come in close contact with Person A. This would make you Person B.
Section 3: BC’s Plan to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
When we discover that someone in our community tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19 (Person A), we call Person A immediately to pray with them and assess the level of exposure to the BC community. If Person A was around BC folks within 48 hours of showing symptoms or testing positive, we do the following:
- Discuss any and all potential Close Contacts (Person B) within BC. Tulsa Health Department does this as well in their Contact Tracing (see a video).
- Coach them on how to reach out to those Close Contacts, encouraging all Close Contacts to self-quarantine for 14-days from exposure, especially from BC.
- We will do our best to secure the privacy of Person A by communicating and working directly with Close Contacts to prevent further exposure to BC. If you have not been contacted by Person A or BC, it’s because you were not exposed to COVID-19 by Person A.
- If they participated in-person with their Small Group, we will instruct the Small Group to meet virtually for 14-days from exposure.
- We will communicate with any other ministry affected.
If you have been around BC folks (e.g. small group, Sunday, Fusion, etc.) at least 48 hours before testing positive for COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms, please let a BC staff member know ASAP or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to keep your privacy, pray with you, and help guide you.
Responding to an Outbreak
If an outbreak of COVID-19 happens within the BC community, our leadership and elders have a tiered plan in place to discern how to adapt our gatherings in a way that best serves families, small groups, and ministries.
Section 4: Additional Resources
- Prevent Getting Sick
- Daily Life & Going Out
- People Who Need Extra Precautions
- Social distancing
- How to make a face covering/mask
- Tulsa Testing Sites (Use the “Testing” drop down at the bottom of the page)
- Types of Tests
- Waiting for your COVID-19 Test