As university-wide cases trend down, LSU will move into Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan


    Louisiana State University will follow the state’s lead and move into Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, the university announced Thursday afternoon. 

    As of March 4, there are 29 active COVID-19 cases among LSU’s total student and employee population of 39,000 — or .07 percent, according to the university’s dashboard. The university’s active case count was 143 when the spring semester began in January and has been trending downwards ever since.

    “While this represents great progress in our fight against COVID-19,” LSU Interim President Tom Galligan said in a news release, “we ask you to help keep LSU moving in the right direction by remaining vigilant in your safety and hygiene practices.”

    According to the news release, LSU:

    • Still encourages meetings and events be held virtually, whenever possible.
    • Encourages outdoor venues for in-person meetings or events, if possible.
    • Sets limits of 50% capacity for indoor meetings and events, not to exceed 250 attendees.
    • Sets limit for outdoor meetings and events at 50% capacity, with no maximum number of attendees.
    • Requires all in-person attendees at meetings and events to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing and personal hygiene.
    • Requires written approval from the EOC for all meetings and events with more than 10 in-person attendees.
    • Still requires face coverings on campus.

    Effective Monday, student organizations can request changes for any events scheduled in TigerLink for Saturday, March 20, or later.

    Ernie Ballard, media relations director for LSU, said in January the university didn’t make many changes to their health and safety guidelines heading into the spring semester, but started conducting “sentinel testing,” meaning every two weeks, a random sample of the student population will be required to get tested for COVID-19.