The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is reporting several student organization-related cases of COVID-19.
According to the University, five members of one sorority tested positive this week for the virus and an additional 16 sorority members are in quarantine. Those who tested positive followed University protocols, self-reported their illnesses, and are currently in quarantine. Those who are in quarantine have been identified as having had close contact with the affected sorority members.
UL says contact tracing is underway, and Student Health Services will notify anyone determined to have been in close contact with a positive individual and will provide them further instructions. The University will not identify which sorority is involved and won't discuss details about individual cases, in accordance with federal and state laws.
The positive cases will be added to the University's public dashboard once they are confirmed through documentation submitted by those affected.
The University is providing free, on-campus testing for members of the sorority and is continuing to follow guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).
All students, faculty, and staff members are able to take advantage of free, on-campus COVID-19 testing, available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday at Cypress Lake Plaza at the intersection of Hebrard Boulevard and Boucher Street. Participants should register at doineedacovidtest.com, print the voucher, and bring it to the appointment.
Members of the UL community should also continue to monitor their health daily, wear a mask/face covering when on campus, keep at least six feet distance between themselves and others, and wash their hands often.
Visit louisiana.edu/covid19 for more resources.
Last month, the University also reported several positive cases of COVID-19 related to student organizations.
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