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LSU asks students to get tested at least once a month

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 16:11:28-04

LSU's administration is asking students to get tested for COVID-19 at least once a month.

"Why am I asking this? Testing for COVID-19 remains an integral part of our plans to keep the LSU community safe and healthy. As Dr. Birx, head of the White House coronavirus task force, mentioned in her recent visit to LSU, widespread testing allows for a better understanding of the presence of COVID-19 on our campus, which is the only way for us to make informed decisions. If the virus is contained or limited in its presence, we may be able to loosen current restrictions. On the other hand, if tests show a heightened presence, we can better protect you from exposure. In short, it’s a win-win," Interim President Tom Galligan writes in a letter to all students.

Galligan writes that he understands some students don't to get tested, because if they are positive they will have to isolate.

"...but studies indicate the majority of young adults infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms at all, meaning unless you get tested regularly you could unknowingly be spreading the virus among your family and friends. Regular testing is especially important if you’ve attended any gatherings where others weren’t taking precautions, such as wearing a mask," he wrote. "The risk may seem low to you, but keep in mind that COVID-19 spreads easily and affects different people in very different ways."

He appealed to students' sense of community.

"So, if you’re still questioning whether to get tested, I encourage you to think of your friends, your family, your professors, and your colleagues. They’re depending on you. We depend on one another. Together, we will be successful in the fight against COVID-19," he wrote.

There are several locations where students can get tested, for free, on campus. Click here for more information.