COVID-19 testing ramps up at LSU as students prepare for football season

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As we’re getting closer to LSU’s first football game of the season, officials have found a new way to encourage students to get tested for COVID-19.

Emily Soileau is one of many LSU students who recently got tested for COVID-19, but not because she was experiencing any symptoms. It’s so she could get one step closure to getting LSU football tickets.

“I got a negative test, so hopefully i’ll get to go to at least one of the games,” Soileau said.

When it comes to who gets to go to the games, LSU officials are giving priority to students who report their test results anytime after August 15th. This caused a large uptick in the number of people getting tested. Officials say it’s still up in the air if students have to get tested again to get priority for games.

“We may move that priority date as the season goes on,” Tom Galligan, LSU’s Interim President, said. “If you were tested in September, you got to get tested again closer to the December football game.”

While some students will be cheering on the tigers from inside the stadium, many have chosen to just watch the game at home.

“Going to a football game isn’t my priority in the middle of a pandemic,” Ezekiel Robinson said.

“I love football but putting the risk of the public at stake just for capital gain isn’t right,” Andrew Shea said.

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