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UL students call for transparency from administration on COVID-19 cases

Administrators creating dashboard to report information
Posted at 10:27 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 23:48:09-04

At the student union on campus at UL Lafayette, students study while wearing masks, but freshman Morgan Fisher worries it may not be enough.

"Somebody could be walking around campus not tested and have it, and they're touching everything, I'm touching everything behind them. Even though I wear my mask and wash my hands, it doesn't compare to the fact that somebody on campus could have it and I don't know," she said.

A spokesperson for the university confirmed with KATC on Thursday that there have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus since students returned last week.

Students are calling for transparency and UL is promising to deliver. Administrators are in the process of setting up an online dashboard to inform the community of positive cases.

That system should be online within the next week, but some students we spoke with on Thursday say it's a week or two too late.

"I want to know - there could be someone on my hall, so I would like to know if someone has it or has symptoms," added sophomore Kristen Barras.

Some students say the program should have been active by the first day of class. According to Barras, administrators said they would send out an email to students if someone in their class tested positive for COVID-19, but said, "they haven't done anything like that yet."

Administrators say the information that will eventually be posted to the dashboard will likely be limited to those actually on campus. For instance, many students are taking all remote classes and don't have to update the university on their health.

READ MORE: UL Lafayette working on dashboard to report positive COVID-19 cases

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