Weekly COVID-19 update

Thamid Alam, Contributing Reporter

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Cecilia Hammond

As of Oct. 5, Tulane University has completed 36,624 COVID-19 tests during the fall semester, 274 of which were positive. Out of these 274 cases, 169 cases were Tulane students while 105 were Tulane employees. The university has a seven-day positive testing rate of 0.4%, just under New Orleans’ 0.7% positive testing rate and Louisiana’s 2.5% positive testing rate.

Since returning to campus after Hurricane Ida, the number of positive tests at Tulane increased 2.1%. Tulane currently has 28 active cases, 20 of which are students and eight of which are employees. The university has a small number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, however, due to privacy reasons an exact number is not available. 

Tulane currently has a vaccination rate of over 95%, while New Orleans follows with a rate of 80%. Booster shots are now available for those with moderate or severely compromised immune systems. One must wait at least six months after their second dose of the vaccine before receiving a third dose. For more information on who specifically qualifies and how to schedule a booster shot, please visit the website here.

Tulane and the city of New Orleans are both following modified phase three protocols, which require that masks still must be worn indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test must be shown for all indoor events, which includes: classrooms, bars, gyms and any indoor entertainment. Proof can be shown via the LA Wallet app or with one’s vaccine card.

All Tulane students and faculty are required to get tested. Testing must occur within 72 hours of receiving one’s QR code via email. If you have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please complete the COVID-19 reporting form available here.