In light of the current situation with COVID-19 in New Orleans, Tulane University is implementing updated social distancing guidelines effective immediately. The number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana has more than tripled since Friday, March 13, and the majority of these cases are in New Orleans. THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE OVERSTATED AT THIS TIME.
Social distancing is a best practice recommendation of health professionals to prevent or slow the spread of a virus by human-to-human transmission. Social distancing is used to reduce risk of exposure, but is not the equivalent of quarantine where you are completely secluded. These guidelines and recommendations require some personal judgement to implement.
Social distancing is applicable to all members of the Tulane community, whether student, staff, faculty or administration, and whether full-time, part-time, temporary, or contracted services. Social distancing means you should not be in close proximity to others; you should maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals. Whenever possible you should be at home.
1. No events, meetings, or gatherings are permitted that have 10 or more individuals. Individuals need to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
2. All non-essential university related travel is cancelled. Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the Provost and COO. You are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary personal travel.
3. In-person classes ceased 3/13/2020 and will be moved online beginning March 23, 2020.
Effective Monday, March 16:
Tulane Campus Health has begun testing individuals based on screening and testing guidelines. Individuals who are tested will be kept in isolation to prevent the spread of the disease. If a COVID-19 virus is confirmed, then CDC protocols will be followed. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Louisiana Department of Health. Tulane University will fully support this effort.
Tulane officials are working with the Louisiana Department of Health, the Tulane Office of International Students & Scholars, Tulane Campus Health, the Tulane Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response and other key offices to monitor the evolving situation. Tulane is following the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding screening and prevention.
In an effort to decrease to opportunity for transmission:
No events, meetings, or gatherings are permitted that have 10 or more individuals. Individuals need to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
All non-essential university related travel is cancelled. Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the Provost and COO. You are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary personal travel.
In-person classes ceased 3/13/2020 and will be moved online beginning March 23, 2020.
Flexible work arrangements are being implemented for staff wherever possible.
The Commons is only open to Tulane faculty, staff, and students.
Additional sanitizer dispensers, standards, and product to last 6 months of increased use will be held on campus. An additional 3 months of product designated for Tulane will be stored at all times at our local vendor’s warehouse. ServPro is on standby as our preferred vendor should we need a complete sanitation of the entire campus. Two additional companies have been mobilized as secondary assets to help should staffing be an issue.
Tulane does not know how long the current situation with COVID-19 will last. Even if the transmissions of COVID-19 decrease before the end of the semester, Tulane will not be return to in person classes this semester. Given the time, process, and expense of moving students on and off campus, it is not realistic to bring them back this semester.