LSU requiring residents of on-campus dorm to test for COVID-19

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LSU: “testing window available on Monday, September 28th.”

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, recently stopped by LSU’s campus and praised how Louisiana is handling the virus.

With that in mind, data is showing that one dormitory on campus is “an area of heightened COVID-19 risk,” according to LSU.

LSU is now requiring that everyone in the specified dorm be tested for the coronavirus.

Students affected by this decision received this e-mail:

Dear Residents,

Based on recommendations from health experts including White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, LSU is now requiring testing of specific on-campus residential halls when a significant health threat is identified by the tools designed to protect the campus community from the COVID-19 pandemic. Presently, we analyze data from the TIGER Check Monitoring System, on- campus testing, a wastewater study, and other sources to try to identify and combat the spread of the virus.

Based on data from these various tools, _ Hall has been identified as an area of heightened COVID-19 risk. As a result, all residents are required to be tested Sunday, September 27, between 4:00 and 7:00PM. For those who absolutely cannot be available Sunday, there will be another testing window available on Monday, September 28th. Specific details about the testing process and what is required of you will be emailed to you tomorrow.

Failure to comply with the testing requirement will constitute a violation of the LSU Code of Student Conduct and may impact your ability to remain on campus and participate in any in-person activities. More importantly, it will place your health, and the health of your friends and loved ones, at risk. It is important to remember that this virus spreads very rapidly, and while some do not suffer serious (or any) symptoms, others, particularly those with preexisting health conditions, suffer negative long-term health impacts.

Thank you for being a part of the LSU family, and for cooperating with our efforts to protect university students, faculty and staff. For more information on LSU’s COVID-19 procedures, please visit www.lsu.edu/roadmap.

LSU is reporting close to 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases since August 24.

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