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Dear Tech Family,
Good Saturday morning.
Next week, testing for asymptomatic individuals will continue at the Argent Pavilion. It will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In the past week, members of the Louisiana Army National Guard have conducted approximately 1,000 COVID-19 tests. This turnout includes community members along with our students, faculty, and staff.
Thank you all for taking the time to get tested, and if you haven’t already, I encourage you to register at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/Ruston_LA_1462.html and get tested.
Friday, we sent the first report of Louisiana Tech specific data on self-reported COVID-19 positive cases to the Louisiana Department of Health. We anticipate that this data will be released on the LDH website for all state institutions next week.
These cases published at latech.edu/coronavirus/reporting are self-reported by students, faculty, and staff. In these cases, the individual has stated they received a positive test result, but that information has not been verified by the University. These results are from the first full week of classes of the Fall 2020 Quarter, and both on- and off-campus cases account for less than 1 percent of the student population in each.
By and large, our campus community members are doing a great job on both testing and reporting positive cases and direct contacts (contact of more than 15 minutes in length, closer than six feet, and without a mask) with individuals who have tested positive. Members of our Tech Family are displaying the Culture of Caring we’ve been talking so much about and are working to protect their colleagues.
When a case is reported, contact tracing is immediately employed to ensure the individual who reports a positive test is isolated and individuals who have been direct contacts with the individual with a positive test result are quarantined. In this way, Louisiana Tech makes every effort to restrict exposure to other members of the campus community while providing support for those who have tested positive or have been in contact with those who have tested positive.
All University contact tracing volunteers have completed training on the process and confidentiality regulations. These volunteers are also required to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect those individuals who test positive or are direct contacts of those who have tested positive. When a case is reported, these volunteers are diligently working to give direction and provide resources to the impacted student or employee. This endeavor is in addition to their normal duties and often occurs on nights and weekends, and we are all most grateful for their extraordinary efforts.
The work our contact tracers are doing, and the data they have been pulling together, helps us paint a picture of the practices of our campus community. Our conclusions are reinforced when we talk to our colleagues at other universities as well. We are hearing from other campuses that there are few large gatherings, and that small groups where individuals are comfortable and asymptomatic seem to be the leading pathway to transmission.
We are continuing to work with student organizations to guide them through the process of having safe events within our University’s requirements. It is important that we all continue to wear masks and practice physical distancing whether it is on campus, at our homes, or in the community. It is going to take all of us working together to help control the spread of the virus.
We believe the Louisiana Tech campus continues to be the safest place for our students. Here, we are able to provide resources and support for those who are isolated or in quarantine.
I appreciate the support of our campus community – our students, faculty, and staff – as we continue to provide a safe and healthy place for our students to work toward their dreams. I especially appreciate those faculty members who stand ready to provide accommodations to students who need them; you all make it easier for our students while they are in quarantine or isolation.
While enjoying your weekend, I hope that you’ll join me in watching the Bulldogs take on arch-rival Southern Miss in our season opener at Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The game will be on ESPN2 at 6:30 pm.