Movement into phase three has changed the scope of COVID on campus and statewide.
On Sept 11, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana’s movement into phase three. Phase three has allowed some businesses to increase occupancy, reopen thier bars and increase social gathering limits.
LSU President Tom Galligan assured faculty and students that campus operations would remain largely unchanged via email. Galligan also encouraged members of the LSU community to continue to refer to the Roadmap to Fall document for all updates surrounding COVID.
Members of the LSU’s COVID Team continue to watch reported case numbers and activity on campus despite moving into phase three.
“As we get more into phase three, it’s going to be a little harder to get maybe to six foot distancing all the time,” said Nelson Perret, Student Health Center Medical Director.
“We will be looking at numbers too, and we think the infection rate has gone up, we will take the appropriate actions to see that it doesn’t continue to climb and that it actually plateaus or even decline,” he continued.
Moving into phase three has increased cleaning practices for some students. LSU senior Tatianna PuertoReal cleans daily to provide a clean space for her and her roommates to come home to.
Increased numbers in gatherings could potentially cause a rise in cases if students are not practicing safety measures as they choose to interact.
PuertoReal believes that safety precautions and measures should not be modified as phases change.
“I feel like people should get tested more often," PuertoReal said. "I feel like getting tested regularly makes more sense. That’s what I’m doing. Like you don’t have to go every week, but at least twice a month. For all you know, you could be sick or asymptomatic.”
Faculty and students are encouraged to continue wearing masks and practicing other safety measures.
To prepare for the upcoming flu season, the Student Health Center will be hosting Flu on the Geaux testing Oct 12 through Oct 16 at various locations.