The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced on Wednesday that nine members of the University community attended the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in New Orleans this past weekend.
Tuesday, it was announced that a conference attendee tested as presumptive positive for COVID-19. The individual was not part of UL's delegation, according to the University.
Those who attended the conference from UL did not have direct contact with the person who tested positive, and none are displaying COVID-19 symptoms nor are they considered high-risk.
All are being advised to follow guidance provided by the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health by self-monitoring their health for the next 14 days and to seek medical attention and self-quarantine if they develop symptoms.
Added the University, "The health and safety of students, faculty and staff members remain UL Lafayette's primary concern. The University continues to work closely with the Office of Public Health to get essential information to the campus community as quickly as possible."
Wednesday, The Advocate and the Times-Picayune announced that some of their reporters also attended the conference. The papers are taking precautions by having those reporters work from home for the time being. They also hired a firm to clean their offices in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.
Members of the campus community should monitor the University email, official social media accounts, and this page, dedicated to COVID-19 updates, for more information.