Ways to Stay Safe After Attending an Event
Tulsa County residents should schedule a COVID-19 test within 5-7 days after attending a large event. To schedule a test, contact your healthcare provider or review one of the many opportunities to be tested in Tulsa County.
The Tulsa Health Department encourages everyone to continue to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
The CDC defines a gathering as a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance such as a community event or gathering, concert, festival, conference, parade, wedding or sporting event. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading. The risk of COVID-19 spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows:
- Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events and gatherings.
- More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city or county).
- Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.
- Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.
After attending a gathering, individuals should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and contact their health care provider if symptoms develop.
- Be alert for symptoms by watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Tulsa County residents should schedule a COVID-19 test within 5-7 days after attending a large event. To schedule a test, contact your healthcare provider or review one of the many opportunities to be tested in Tulsa County. Even if given a negative result, it remains important to continue to monitor health for the full 14 days because individuals could still test positive later from exposure at the event or even be exposed some other place. An epidemiological investigation including contact tracing will be completed on all confirmed positive cases in Tulsa County residents by the Tulsa Health Department.