CORRECTION: The Vermilion incorrectly stated the university does not require students and faculty to report positive COVID-19 tests. The university does require students and faculty to report if they test positive, but they can’t enforce this, according to Senior Communications Representative Eric Maron.
The Vermilion incorrectly reported the university isn’t keeping track of the amount of tests that have been conducted at the Student Health Center. The university is keeping track of the tests that were conducted at the Student Health Center, but not the testing site.
According to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s COVID-19 dashboard on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:02 p.m., there were nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases during the week of Sept. 20, bringing the total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff at UL Lafayette to 125.
This was the lowest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases found among students, faculty and staff in one week since the week of Aug. 30 when there were five cases.
94 students and 31 faculty and staff members are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 at the university since March 16, as of Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:02 p.m.
According to Dean of Students Margarita Perez, the COVID-19 dashboard doesn’t include positive tests that students, faculty and staff have reported themselves, but they are planning to add self-reported cases to the dashboard in the near future.
The university is now hosting a free walk-up COVID-19 tests near the student union Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is run by the National Guard and the Office of Public Health.
According to Chief Administrative Officer at the UL Lafayette Office of Student Health Services Madeline Husband, the results of tests conducted at the testing site near the Union aren’t sent back to the university, so it’s up to the person who was tested to report whether or not their test was positive.
According to Dean of Student Margarita Perez, there are currently 25 students in isolation or quarantine on campus as of Monday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. However, Perez added that this number is changing constantly due to people moving in and out of quarantine very quickly.
This is an ongoing story. Stay with the Vermilion for more updates.