March 1, 2021
Dear Tulane Community:
Thanks to your continued adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing, face coverings, good hand hygiene and frequent testing, we have encouraging news to report. Our COVID-19 positivity rate, which has long remained well below that of the city’s and state’s, has held steady at a low to moderate rate for several weeks. Maintaining such a level of positive COVID cases in our community allows us to lower our Action Alert Level to yellow and reduce some restrictions and increase activities, including the following:
COVID-19 testing will be reduced to two times per week for undergrads. This is still a higher testing frequency than nearly all universities in the country; but we believe is necessary to ensure we maintain and continue the progress we have made so far.
Effective Wednesday, March 3, each student will be allowed to host one Tulane student visitor (on- or off-campus), from within our testing program, at their residence halls during the following times:
Effective Wednesday, March 3, the basketball courts will now be made available in the Reily Student Recreation Center for Tulane students only. Students must wear masks while playing. To participate in games, register here.
As was shared in an update last week from the dean of students, the city has adjusted gathering size limitations.
In accordance with state requirements, we are not yet vaccinating students. When the state has approved student vaccinations, there will be an announcement via email.
While we are pleased to announce these reduced restrictions, COVID-19, and its variants, remain a major public health threat. To protect the health of ourselves and others, everyone – including those who have been vaccinated – must continue to strictly follow public health requirements, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands and complying with campus testing frequency and crowd limits both on and off-campus.
Your hard work in following safety protocols is working and we urge you to continue your efforts. We hope that the easing of the restrictions stated above, and the return of some activities will continue to improve the overall university experience, increase opportunities for socialization and give us all hope for better days ahead.
Robin Forman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Patrick Norton, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer