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Dear Tech Family,
Good Saturday morning.
As we near the end of the first summer session, we continue to watch the progression of the COVID-19 virus in our state. It appears that we are letting our guard down in regard to practicing behaviors that will help slow the spread of the virus.
This week, we held a meeting with state leadership to discuss how the State of Louisiana is progressing. The news could be worse, but it’s still disheartening.
In Louisiana, we are not out of the woods by any stretch. Recent increases in cases and hospitalizations throughout the state, show the virus is spreading, especially among young people. Almost 2,700 new cases reported this week alone, and 95 percent of those cases have been spread in the community. The fastest growth in COVID cases is occurring among young adults between 18 and 29 years old.
The virus is spreading more quickly – right now – among our young people. That’s happening in part because young adults frequently show few or no symptoms but still spread the virus.
The good news is that we can all do things to help slow the spread. One of the best ways to do that is to wear a face covering or mask. Wearing a mask is a simple action that helps prevent transmission and protects others.
A recent study found that if 80 percent of Americans wore masks, infections would plummet. We are all protected from the virus by wearing a mask. When combined with physical distancing and hand washing, face coverings provide protection against COVID-19.
If you are not doing so already, wear a face covering. If you are already using a mask, encourage others to start wearing one while in public.
All our actions now will impact Louisiana Tech’s ability to resume classes and do all the other things that make our campus a special place in the fall.
I am wearing my mask to protect each person I encounter and to help ensure I can see our students, faculty, and staff enjoying campus life in the fall. Please join me in our collective efforts to protect the health and safety of our friends and neighbors.
Thank you for your commitment to ensuring our state’s numbers begin to move again in the right direction.