Tulane’s comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Program includes twice-weekly testing of on-campus undergraduate students, weekly testing of off-campus undergraduate students, and at-least-monthly testing for graduate students and employees (faculty, staff and contract workers). This reporting dashboard, which includes results back to July 28, 2020, is updated daily with the previous day’s testing results.
Results from all testing conducted by Tulane’s Molecular Pathology Lab, including numbers of tests and positive results, is shared with the Louisiana Department of Health and is reflected in state and city reporting, however there is a lag in reporting between our dashboard and that of the city and state.
Cases remain stable in New Orleans and on campus.
Increasing numbers of reported cases in the New Orleans area. On-campus cases remain stable/low.
Multiple positive cases in the Tulane community and/or New Orleans numbers continue to increase.
Significant on-campus community spread and/or New Orleans area spread.
The number of tests completed through the Tulane testing program since July 28, 2020.
The number of positive tests identified through the Tulane testing program since July 28, 2020. All positive tests are represented in this count, including instances when an individual has received more than one positive test result since the start of the Tulane testing program. Employee numbers include faculty, staff, and contract workers.
The total number of positive tests identified through the Tulane testing program over the most recent 10-day period. CDC guidelines indicate an active case is someone who is in their 10 day isolation period or has completed their 10 day isolation period but is still showing symptoms and therefore has their isolation period extended. Employee numbers include faculty, staff, and contract workers.
The percent of total positive tests identified out of total tests completed through the Tulane testing program since July 28, 2020.
A daily view of testing through Tulane’s testing program. Since the receipt of results are staggered within 48-hour periods and are often delivered from the lab in batches, it is best to view these numbers as trends. Testing for the return to campus began on July 27, 2020 with the first results received on July 28. 2020.
The total number of Tulane students in isolation in Paterson Hall because of a positive COVID-19 test result. Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for 10 days from the date of their symptom onset or from their first positive test. Based on current CDC and LDH guidance, they are released after 10 days if they have been symptom free for at least 24 hours without medication. Most cases reported are either asymptomatic or are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, although exceptions are expected to occur. Paterson Hall is housing students in isolation and has a capacity of 110; additional overflow space has been secured for student isolation, if needed.
The total number of Tulane students in quarantine in the Hyatt Regency downtown as a result of being a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case. A close contact, as defined by the CDC, is someone who was closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes to a confirmed case. Tulane has secured rooms at the Hyatt Regency downtown for students in quarantine. The current capacity at the Hyatt Regency downtown is 500 spaces; additional overflow space has been secured for student quarantine, if needed.
If a student, faculty or staff member is confirmed positive, submit the COVID-19 Reporting Form to begin contact tracing immediately.
Protocols are in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Every student, faculty and staff member shares in the responsibility to comply.
Tulane’s testing program helps to swiftly identify and isolate all positive individuals and to quarantine all close contacts to limit the spread of COVID-19.