Louisiana Tech University’s COVID-19 dashboard provides transparency related to the number of positive cases self-reported by students, faculty, and staff to Louisiana Tech officials. In these cases, the individual has stated they received a positive test result, but that information has not been verified by the University.
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 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.
Louisiana Tech submits data on self-reported positive cases of COVID-19 each week to the Louisiana Department of Health. This information will be published on the LDH reporting site the next week. Thus, there may be differences in the numbers published on either site because of the lag between reporting dates.
Total positive cases reported – Sept. 10-16 * ^
Faculty and staff
* Results are based on information provided by individuals through self-reporting to appropriate Louisiana Tech University campus officials for the first full week of the Fall 2020 Quarter.
^ The number includes persons that were not on campus at any time in the period they contracted the virus.
Go to the Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 page to view updated test results by parish and statewide.
Where to test
If you have symptoms and want to get tested, please consult with your general healthcare provider or call Tech Care at 318.257.4866. If you do not have symptoms and want to be screened for COVID-19, please register for a free, on-campus test at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/Ruston_LA_1462.html.
At this time, anyone in the community – including students, faculty, and staff members – can receive a free COVID-19 screening test from the Louisiana Army National Guard.
Where to report
Contact the following as soon as possible if:
- you have been in direct contact (within six feet for a time period of 15 minutes or more) with someone who has COVID-19
- have symptoms of COVID-19
- have tested positive for COVID-19
For employees, notify your direct supervisor and human resources. The contact in human resources is Sheila Trammel at 318.257.2235 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Supervisors must maintain strict confidentiality.
For students, email Stacy Gilbert at email@example.com. Please provide your name, campus ID, cell phone, and best method to contact you.