October 21, 2020
Metro Tech reports minimal transmission of COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY – Metro Tech’s No.1 priority is the safety and health of students, customers and employees. Since August, contact tracing and tracking protocols show that no positive student cases originated from exposures on a Metro Tech campus.
The proactive approach to campus health and hygiene measures in the Return to Campus Plan has been successful in keeping students, customers and employees safe. Melanie Stinnett, chief officer of Environmental Safety & Regulatory Affairs at Metro Tech said, “Since Aug. 18, Metro Tech has logged 21 positive COVID-19 cases. Currently, seven of those positive cases are considered active with the individuals in home isolation.”
Superintendent Aaron Collins said, “I couldn’t be more pleased of the tireless efforts of our Emergency Response Team. Adhering to the requirements of the Center for Disease Control, Oklahoma Department of Health and Oklahoma City County Health Department helped Metro Tech not only set a course of action, but also to plan for alternate training methods and work schedules needed by students and employees.” Collins said, “In addition, our employees are working harder than ever to meet the needs of our customers.”
Stinnett said since the start of the school year, based on self-assessments developed as part of the Return to Campus Plan, Metro Tech’s contact tracing team has investigated 156 instances of individuals not cleared to arrive on campus. “87 of those instances were determined to be unrelated to COVID-19 illness, 48 instances were determined to be reports of potential exposure and 21 instances were confirmed cases.” Stinnett concluded.
Metro Tech has four campuses offering short-term, career and customized business training. Campuses are located in South Oklahoma City, Northeast Oklahoma City, the Will Rogers Airport and Downtown Oklahoma City. www.metrotech.edu