- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear Tech Family,
Good Thursday morning.
Today, we will continue to offer drive-through testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Argent Pavilion. In addition, we will conduct walk-up screenings from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ropp Center. Please get tested!
Though you do not have to pre-register, visiting https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/Ruston_LA_1462.html and registering – and then printing the testing voucher – will speed the process in both locations.
Both testing locations will be open today and Friday. If you are asymptomatic, please make plans to engage in testing again soon. Your results will be back in three to five days, and you do not have to quarantine or isolate while you are waiting for your results.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana Tech has worked with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) on our approaches to preventing the spread of the virus on our campus and in our community. Because each of our state’s universities is an integral part of a community, we have depended on testing data from the state to assess the progress of the virus in our community and thus, on our campus.
Recently, leaders from Louisiana’s four- and two-year college systems met with our state’s health leaders to begin working on plans to deliver case data associated with COVID-19 on an individual campus level. LDH will begin collecting the data on Sept. 18 and will release the results the following Wednesday of each week.
Ahead of the state’s planned release, Louisiana Tech plans to release its COVID-19 dashboard soon. We will send an email to campus announcing the first publication of the dashboard, which will be updated on a weekly basis.
In order to bring this data together, we have had to examine the nature of testing and whether students are learning remotely or on our campus. We have also had to consider the challenge of maintaining accurate data when it is self-reported. Other challenges with reporting that we discovered in the spring are tied to our ability to preserve the privacy of students, faculty, and staff on a relatively small and well-connected campus.
In determining what our dashboard will cover, we have had to make decisions on whether we would count a self-reported case for a student who takes only online classes in another state or parish. We have also had to determine whether a comparison between universities is relevant, accurate, and valuable.
Our goal is to share information on our university’s cases and to maintain transparency within the guidelines we have received from both federal and state entities. The data also gives us an opportunity to make decisions on how our University continues to respond to this pandemic.
The data featured will represent self-reported cases through Louisiana Tech’s established reporting protocols. The numbers will include individuals who were not on campus at any time in the period they contracted the virus.
Our campus has implemented a very thorough “contact tracing” effort that enables us to quickly determine those people who may have had contact with a “COVID-19-positive” individual. We have a sizable team of some of our campus leaders who make contact with each positive case to determine anyone they may have been in contact with since they contracted the virus. From there, each one of those contacts is followed up with. I appreciate all of you for being so responsive to these calls. This enables us to slow the spread so that fewer people get exposed.
It is crucial that each of you comply with our policies so that we can slow the spread.
- Get tested to determine if you have COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms.
- If you have symptoms or test positive, notify us and stay isolated. We will support you.
- Do not have large gatherings, and please wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distancing – even in small social gatherings.
Many of you are doing so well in responding to our health and safety guidelines, and I thank you for caring for other members of the Tech Family.