5 members of UL sorority test positive for COVID, 16 more in quarantine

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Five members of a UL-Lafayette sorority have self-reported that they have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university, and another 16 members have been placed in quarantine.

The five who have tested positive are in isolation, and contact tracing is underway. UL officials said Student Health Services will notify anyone determined to have been in close contact with a positive individual and will provide them further instructions. The University is providing free, on-campus testing for members of the sorority, and is continuing to follow guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health. 

In accordance with federal and state laws, the university said it will not identify which sorority is involved and cannot discuss details about individual cases. 

The positive cases will be added to the University’s public COVID-19 dashboard once they are confirmed through documentation submitted by the affected individuals. 

The University is encouraging students, faculty and staff members to take advantage of free, on-campus COVID-19 testing this week. It is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Cypress Lake Plaza at the intersection of Hebrard Boulevard and Boucher Street. 

Participants should register at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/, print the voucher, and bring it with them to their appointment.

In addition, UL officials said members of the university community should continue to:

  • monitor their health daily and, if they have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, stay home and seek medical attention;
  • wear a mask or face covering when on campus;
  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others;
  • avoid congregating; 
  • cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, and discard used tissues;
  • wash their hands for 20 seconds using water and soap; 
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and
  • visit https://louisiana.edu/covid19 for resources related to UL Lafayette’s continuing response to COVID-19. 

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