COVID-19 Update August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

Dear LSU Community,

As we prepare to start the new semester, we encourage you to continue using caution regarding COVID-19. We want everyone to stay healthy and not have their semester interrupted by illness. Therefore, we urge everyone to get vaccinated and boosted, and to take a COVID test if you experience any symptoms.

Free COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and tests are available to students at the Student Health Center on campus. In addition, any student can pick up a free COVID home test at the LSU Student Union Information Desk, located on the main level of the Union, or the LSU Library at the first floor Information Desk. Students who live on campus can also get a free home test at their residence hall upon move-in. Students belonging to Greek organizations can get a free home test at the Greek Life Office, Room 333 in the Student Union.

LSU faculty and staff can pick up a free home test at the Office of Human Resources, 110 T. Boyd Hall.

LSU students, faculty and staff are asked to report positive cases of COVID-19. There is a reporting tool on your MyLSU page that can be accessed under the Campus Community menu. Students who test positive for COVID should reference PS 22 for guidelines on student absences from class.

For more information on where you can get a COVID vaccine or booster, visit the CDC’s vaccine site.

While masks are not required on campus this fall, they are still encouraged in crowded spaces indoors or for those who are at risk of having a more severe case of COVID-19 due to pre-existing conditions.

We will continue to use HEPA filters in classrooms to help clean the air, as well as wastewater testing to monitor COVID levels on campus. For more information on our COVID procedures for the fall, visit our Roadmap website.

Your safety is paramount to us. As always, we will follow the guidance of public health experts, as well as LSU’s own Health & Medical Advisory Committee as we proceed through the fall semester. Please continue to make smart decisions related to COVID and remember to help protect those around you who may be more at-risk than you are.