Schools are now required to report known and suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Louisiana Department of Health as part of an “early warning system,” according to an emergency order from State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry.
New Orleans’ youngest public school students will return to the classroom full-time starting in mid-September, the district announced late last week. Older students will continue to learn virtually until at least mid-October.
For weeks, Tulane University has been in the midst of a massive testing initiative — screening every student, staff and faculty member for COVID-19 before allowing them to return to campus for the start of classes on Aug. 19.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has recorded 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in 16 schools, according to a statement released Wednesday. As a result, approximately 150 students, faculty and staff are in quarantine.