Omicron detected at Tulane

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Zachary Schultz, Breaking News Editor

In a statement emailed to students on Dec. 6, Tulane University announced that a Tulane graduate student tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19, and the student has been placed in isolation. 

This is the first confirmed case of the omicron variant at Tulane. However, the statement calls the development “not unexpected.” In light of this development, the university announced that current routine COVID-19 testing of all students, faculty and staff — regardless of vaccination or booster status — will be increased, but that the campus will remain mask-optional. 

In the emailed statement, the university asserted that its current protocols — frequent testing and continued vaccination of its students against the coronavirus — remain the best method for combating COVID-19, which are aligned with the current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Students can schedule an appointment to receive their booster shots at either the university’s uptown or downtown clinics.

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