Coronavirus Information and Resources

Coronavirus Updates

April 3, 2020 (9:15pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

First let me express my deep gratitude for all that you are doing. Please know how recognized and appreciated the enormous sacrifices you are making to care for our community are.

We have some news to share. Governor Edwards extended Louisiana’s Stay at Home Order to April 30, so we will continue our remote learning, work from home arrangements and physical distancing for the personnel whose work requires their presence on campus until then.

Our nursing students will resume their clinical education beginning next week at West Jefferson Medical Center. They are an inspiring group, as you can see in the story on our newsroom.

In conjunction with our partners at UMC, we are about to begin clinical trials of medications that may prove beneficial in treating or helping to prevent COVID-19. Our basic scientists are organizing further research to contribute to a solution for this devastating crisis.

Our faculty continue to share their expertise through media interviews and webinars. Dr. Benjamin Springgate continues to devote hours of his time serving the public on television, he also answered seniors’ questions at an AARP telephone Town Hall this week. Dr. James Diaz presented and answered questions at a webinar presented by LSU's College of the Coast & Environment and School of Veterinary Medicine, along with our School of Public Health that sold out. And Dr. Joy Osofsky and a colleague conducted a webinar sponsored by the New York City Department of Health about strategies to support children and families that drew more than 1,800 participants.

Drs. Erin Dugan, Kellie Camelford, and Krystal Vaughn in Allied Health created a children’s coping and coloring book, Caroline Conquers her Corona Fears, that is being downloaded as a resource all over the country.

Our medical students are collecting PPE to support their future colleagues on the frontlines of COVID-19 patient care.

The Dental School has begun printing face shields and masks to support those handling dental emergencies at the School and others. You will learn more about this effort in the coming days.

Dr. Billy Robinson and Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois in our School of Public Health have been working with LDH on the models and estimates of the COVID outbreak. The Governor presented these models at his media briefing this afternoon.

These efforts reflect your expertise, resilience and can-do attitude, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Please continue to practice all the measures that will help flatten the curve, and please stay safe.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Campus Updates

March 27, 2020 (4:15pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

This morning, we released information acknowledging your hard work through this crisis. This press release focused on patient care in our teaching hospitals, and it has been very well received and shared on social media. LSU Health New Orleans faculty are caring for the sickest patients in ICUs across the state. You are making a real difference under unimaginably trying circumstances. Your devotion to your patients and your communities exemplifies your selflessness and your humanity. You are the heroes of this pandemic.

We have some further campus updates to share with you this afternoon.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Louisiana, we will maintain the current level of remote learning, work from home arrangement and physical distancing for at least another two weeks, and circumstances may dictate an even longer period. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

We understand that many of our students are anxious to help with the COVID-19 response. An LSU Health New Orleans campus-wide effort to coordinate volunteer activities for our students is underway. Our goal is to give our students meaningful opportunities to contribute within their areas of interest and skills and to ensure that they go where they can best serve the community. Your deans are gathering information from our clinical and community partners to determine their needs, and you will be hearing more about it from your Deans’ or Student Affairs’ offices.

After a complete steam cleaning at all our dining operations, Food Services at both the Downtown New Orleans and Dental campuses will resume Monday, March 30, as take-out only. The menus for next week are available on the Dining Services website.  

We will be issuing more press releases describing other contributions in the coming days. If you are involved in an activity or have a story to tell, please share details with Leslie Capo at lcapo@lsuhsc.edu.

To say that we are proud of each and every one of you is a vast understatement. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


New Library Hours

March 25, 2020 (6:00pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

We have been making every effort to provide the support services that our students and faculty need during this public health emergency. Our libraries are among them. We have been monitoring library usage to determine the appropriate operating hours. As they have been increasingly less used, we are reducing library hours beginning tomorrow as follows.

Dental Library:

Monday & Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Closed

We will continue to provide interlibrary loan and document delivery services on a regular basis.

Isché Library:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

With the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, I am encouraging each of you to do your part to help flatten the curve. Stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go somewhere and practice physical distancing if you have to go out. Please take care of yourselves during this challenging time and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Building Access, Credit Union and Food Service

March 23, 2020 (6:00pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

We have some important updates to share with you this afternoon.

Building Access

While as many of you as possible should continue to work from home, our buildings remain open for essential functions. With our reduced level of staffing, we are reducing our footprint and closing some entrances. Effective at 7:00 a.m. March 24, access will be as follows.

The front door of the Medical School building at 1542 Tulane Avenue will be locked. There will be two exterior entrance doors accessible with your ID -- the rear door, across from the Sustainable Garden, and the rear stairwell exit door. The door to the 1542 parking garage will also remain open.

There will be a single point of access to the Human Development Center building. It will be by ID at the parking lot door.

Access to the first floor of the Resource Center will be by ID only.

Access to the main parts of our campus will be from the MEB through the door on Bolivar Street only and the Roman Street Parking Garage.  The Roman Street door to MEB will be locked.

All second-floor entrances will remain open.

The front door of the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Building at 1900 Gravier Street will be locked. Access will be from the second-floor elevated walkway.

The front door of the Trail Clinical Sciences Research Building will be locked. Access will be from the second-floor elevated walkway.

The front door of the Lion’s Eye Center Building will be locked. Access will be from the second-floor elevated walkway.

There will be no change in Student Housing access.

There will be no change in access to the Seton Building at 478 South Johnson Street. Both first floor doors remain open with temperature screening prior to admittance.

Campus Federal Credit Union

Please note that the Campus Federal Office on the second floor of the Resource Center is now closed. If you need more than the ATM service, you will have to go to the main office at 2200 Tulane Avenue.

Food Service

Purchasing has been able to secure a limited selection of wraps, sandwiches and salads for your convenience while regular Food Services are temporarily closed. Beginning tomorrow, they will be available in the bookstores on both the Downtown and Dental campuses through Friday.  Bookstore hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We expect to resume regular Food Services Monday, March 30.

With the cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase at a high rate in our community, please don’t go anywhere you don’t need to go. Please practice “physical” distancing – keeping a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others. We encourage you to be social, just not face-to-face! Please wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially after touching high-touch surfaces.

Although this one is very different from the other crises we have survived, to overcome it, we will again have to be of one mind and one will. If we each do all that we can to reduce the transmission of this virus and protect our own and the health of others, then collectively we will triumph over this one, too.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Chancellor Message

March 23, 2020 (6:20am)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans Graduating Students,

As we have a little more breathing room today, I would like to take the opportunity to more fully address our decision to postpone our Spring Commencement activities. We felt we owed it to you and your families to notify you as soon as the decision had been reached in conjunction with the LSU President’s Office so you could adjust your plans.

The uncertainty about the foreseeable future forced our decision, just as it has for other organizations with large events planned in the upcoming months. Any other decision would have been irresponsible given the increasing spread of COVID-19 in our community. We cannot predict how long our community will be affected. It could well be for some time to come, and we will not put you and your families at risk by holding a large event until it is safe to do so.

The Fall timeframe seemed a reasonable target for the resolution of the illness in our community and some semblance of normalcy to return. It will also allow enough time to book a venue along with the needed support services such as photographers, awards, florists and more. Everyone else who has postponed their events will also be trying to secure those services.

We understand that it may be difficult for some of you to interrupt your lives to come back for the ceremony. We are familiar with those circumstances as we have students completing their degree requirements at three different times during the year and only one campus-wide Commencement Ceremony. Fortunately, each year, many are able to return to walk across the stage with their classmates.

Please know that we understand what a significant event graduation is for you and your loved ones. Commencement holds great meaning for us, too. Our greatest achievement is educating and training you to hold the health of your patients in your capable hands, to discover the next cure for a devastating condition, or to restore function and quality of life. Commencement is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and those of our faculty who helped you reach this milestone -- together.

Amid this public health crisis, we have larger responsibilities as a Health Sciences Center. Our contributions have never been needed more. Members of our staff are involved in planning for the coming days, weeks and months, to secure needed equipment and supplies, organize targeted efforts in areas of greatest need and try to stay ahead of the curve. Our faculty are working long hours at our partner hospitals, literally putting their health at risk every day to save as many lives as they can.

We know that you understand because you chose your professions knowing full well the responsibilities that go along with them. And we chose you because we are confident in your abilities and know full well that the sacred trust about to be placed in your hands will be well placed.

We will get through this, and nothing will make us happier than to celebrate your accomplishments with you and your loved ones at Graduation. We will keep you updated on details, but rest assured that this Commencement Ceremony will be just as special as the one for our Katrina Class.

In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Food Service Temporary Closure

March 22, 2020 (9:25pm)

Dear LSU Health community,

We have learned that someone who was recently in a Food Service area has tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing all Food Services beginning Monday, March 23 to conduct deep cleaning. This will include the downtown campus main cafeteria, Coffee Kiosk and the Dental School Café. We must take every precaution to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

We have been working to provide other arrangements but have not yet been able to secure an alternative. If that changes, we will let you know.

In the meantime, we apologize for the hardship this will impose and will work to quickly complete the necessary safety measures.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Time and Labor Timekeeper Guide for COVID-19

March 22, 2020 (7:30pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

As a reminder, I’d like to reiterate the guidance that has been provided by the State of Louisiana Civil Service and the Division of Administration in regards to leave earning positions and also provide the guidance, which is also available on the Human Resources website, to our departmental timekeepers on how to process leave during this time as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Effective March 10, 2020

  1. Not at work to care for himself/herself due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 – Sick leave, then Annual leave.  When all leave has been exhausted, then Special leave will be granted.
  2. Not at work to care for a spouse or dependent child(ren) residing in his/her household who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19 – Sick leave, then Annual leave.  When all leave has been exhausted, then Special leave will be granted.

Effective March 13, 2020

  1. Not at work because the employee has a high-risk immunological disorder(s) and needs to avoid exposure to COVID-19 - Sick leave, then Annual leave.  When all leave has been exhausted, then Special leave will be granted.

Effective March 16, 2020

  1. Not at work to care for dependent child(ren) residing in his/her household due to a school closure related to COVID-19 – Sick leave, then Annual leave.  When all leave has been exhausted, then Special leave will be granted.

Effective March 18, 2020

  1. Not at work because the employee needs to care for a spouse/domestic partner, or dependent child that has a high-risk immunological disorder(s) and needs to avoid exposure to COVID-19 - Sick leave, then Annual leave.  When all leave has been exhausted, then Special leave will be granted.

 

The guidance also provides timekeepers with guidance on how to code daily work and overtime associated with COVID-19.  Additional guidance will be provided at a later date for leave reporting in the SF-6 system for employees using that system.  If there any questions regarding leave entries, please contact Nicole Kellum at 504-568-2954 and any questions regarding payroll, call Scott Parks at 504-568-2115.

In addition, even after the Governor’s Stay at Home Order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd, LSU Health New Orleans will continue to operate under the same guidelines as we have been, as we are considered an essential solution to the crisis.

Please continue to take steps to keep you and your families safe during this unprecedented crisis. Thank you for all you do and for your dedication to the health of our city and state.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


New Library Hours

March 21, 2020 (1pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

We wanted to provide an update concerning the new hours of operation for our libraries. Instead of beginning Monday as originally planned, the new schedule is now in effect.

Isché Library:

Mondays                             7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesdays                             7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesdays                     7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursdays                          7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fridays                                  7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays  Closed

Dental Library:

Mondays                             8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays                             8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays                      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays                            8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fridays                                  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays  Closed

Please practice social distancing and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer after touching high-touch surfaces. You could also use a tissue between your skin and touchscreens, elevator buttons and doorknobs. Take care and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Coronavirus Updates

March 20, 2020 (7pm)

Dear LSU Health community,

Given the uncertainty of our status related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the coming months, and the plans and preparation families make for Commencement, we have decided to postpone the ceremony until sometime in the Fall. Graduates will receive their diplomas on schedule in May; we just can’t hold a large event. We will provide further information as we work out details.

We are putting a new schedule into effect for the Registrar’s, Financial Aid and Bursar’s offices, as well as our libraries, effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

The new hours for the Registrar’s, Financial Aid and Bursar’s offices will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Isché Library:

Mondays                             7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesdays                             7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesdays                     7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursdays                          7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fridays                                  7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays  Closed

Dental Library:

Mondays                             8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays                             8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays                      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays                            8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fridays                                  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays  Closed

And finally, the State has implemented new measures concerning unemployment insurance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this special circumstance, those whose hours have been reduced due to COVID-19 or are unable to work remotely due to the nature of their positions, may be eligible for unemployment insurance. Transient, WAEs, and student workers or other staff who are otherwise not eligible for leave may apply for this unemployment insurance. Please note these considerations do not apply to employees who are working remotely, on paid leave, or continuing to be paid for a full 8-hour work day.

Please visit https://www.lsuhsc.edu/administration/hrm/covid-19-unemployment-insurance.aspx for more information. 

To file a claim, please visit louisianaworks.net/hire or call the Louisiana Workforce Commission Claim Center at 866-783-5567.

Please know that the work you are doing to deliver or support health care has never been more vital. We are all in your debt.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor

 


Additional Measures

March 17, 2020 (2pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

As the coronavirus continues to spread in Louisiana, we are taking additional measures to protect your health and help flatten the curve. In collaboration with LSU President Galligan, we are hereby dramatically reducing the physical presence on campus. If at all possible, you should continue to work remotely. Be sure to submit the Work Remotely form.

At this time, our buildings will remain open, including the Residence Halls. Food service will continue on a take-out basis only. The Library will remain open for now, but patrons are reminded to practice social distancing – at least 6 feet apart -- and to wash or sanitize your hands after touching high-touch surfaces.

In the event that faculty members need to suspend their research due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they must adhere to the following protocol.

  • Notify your Dean’s office and the office of the VCAA of the planned start and stop dates.
  • Provide a list of all personnel (tech, postdocs and students) who will suspend work.
  • If animals are involved in the research, indicate the approved IACUC protocol number.

Only those who have absolutely essential duties will continue to work on campus, and they will practice social distancing and take other preventive measures.

Please take steps to keep you and your families safe during this unprecedented crisis. Thank you for all you do and for your dedication to the health of our city and state.

 

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor


Updated Guidance Regarding LSUHSC-NO and COVID-19

March 17, 2020 (6pm)

Dear LSU Health New Orleans Faculty and Staff,

In response to recently revised directives from the Governor and the LSU President related to Coronavirus, we are revising our process and online submission form for requesting authorization to work remotely.

Note- If you have previously submitted a request to work remotely using the older version of the form, you must resubmit your request for approval using the new expanded form.

When requesting to work remotely:

  • Click on the link above (also on the LSUHSC-NO home page under the Coronavirus section) and complete all required information in the online form.
  • Be sure to correctly spell your supervisor’s LSU email address. Once the online form is completed, press submit.
  • The request will be sent via email to your supervisor and you will receive an email from Microsoft Flow confirming that the request has been sent.
  • When your supervisor receives the request they can approve or reject. 
  • If approved, you will receive an email notice of the approval. 
  • If rejected, you will receive that notice as well. Your supervisor will include a comment related to the reason for the rejection and may ask you to resubmit and revise days or times, etc. in the request. This will require you to submit a new request to work remotely incorporating those changes. 

 

Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate this fluid situation and adapt our strategies to continue our critical missions while remaining sensitive to your current circumstances and protecting the health of our community.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor

 


Updated Guidance Regarding LSUHSC-NO and COVID-19

March 16, 2020 (6pm)

As the cases of presumptive COVID-19 continue to increase across the region, LSU Health New Orleans is taking additional steps to reduce transmission of this viral pandemic.  Effective immediately, we are transitioning to a modified work and learning environment to protect the health of our community while continuing to fulfill our critical mission of educating the healthcare workforce for Louisiana. 

It is important to note that our campus is NOT closing but many of our regular operations will change.

Work from Home

Essential services will continue.  Effective immediately, we are beginning to transition to a work-from-home model for as many employees as is practical.  To ensure continuity of operations, supervisors in each division are required to implement plans for (1) remote work for employees who can work effectively from home and (2) modified work assignments for those who must remain on site.  If you have clinical responsibilities, please follow the instructions of your Dean and/or healthcare facility.

Supervisors will monitor and communicate regularly with employees working remotely; those employees working on campus will practice social distancing and take other preventive measures.  Supervisors and employees should contact the Office of Human Resource Management for guidance on all questions related to requesting leave.

Student Clinical Education

LSU Health New Orleans will remove students from clinical rotations and institute alternative approaches to learning, except where needed to support the local healthcare enterprise or to satisfy accreditation requirements.  This strategy will remain in place for the next two weeks while we monitor the situation in our hospitals and clinics, allowing us time to devise clinical education plans for the remainder of the academic year.  This strategy also will provide our clinical partners sufficient time to consider alternative modalities of care in which our students can safely participate.  LSU Health New Orleans will remain in compliance with all accreditation requirements, and we are confident that this temporary measure will not negatively impact the education of our future graduates.

Student Remote Learning Education

As previously noted, student learning has already begun the transition to remote delivery wherever possible.  LSU Health New Orleans will remain in compliance with all accreditation requirements, and we are confident that these temporary measures will not negatively impact the education of our students in our six Schools.

Student Services

Student residence halls and the library will remain open. The bursar’s and registrar’s offices will remain open with reduced hours. Food services will remain operational.

Travel Guidelines

All non-essential travel on university business is suspended. Personal travel should be seriously reconsidered, especially if planning to travel to a region that has been designated by the CDC as a high-risk area for COVID-19 contact.  Prior to any personal travel, the online prior and return registration forms must be submitted.  Based upon potential exposure, you may be required to self-isolate before returning to campus.

How to Protect Yourself

CDC guidance:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

·         Clean your hands often

·         Avoid close contact

·         Cover coughs and sneezes

·         Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly

·         Stay home if you’re sick

 

Further updates will be provided as new information becomes available, and resources as well as forms and helpful information are posted here: https://911.lsuhsc.edu/coronavirus/   This guidance will be re-evaluated on or before April 13.  Thank you for all you do to support LSU Health New Orleans and each other.

 


March 14, 2020

Dear LSU Health community,

The COVID-19 Work from Home Authorization Form referenced in yesterday’s message is now online, available here. It is to be used by employees who either have to self-isolate or must work from home temporarily due to childcare responsibilities while the K-12 schools are closed.

The form is the first step in a work-from-home arrangement. Supervisors will review requests and determine disposition. Approved requests will require a plan for work assigned by supervisors and regular written progress notes by employees working from home. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

We are a resilient people. Together, we have come through enormously challenging times, and together, we will come through this one, too.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier 

Chancellor

 


March 13, 2020

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

We wanted to share updated information regarding our response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel to areas with sustained local or widespread transmission

While the university has suspended all non-essential, work-related travel, since we cannot prohibit personal travel, we must take measures to reduce the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to our campus and community. Everyone who is traveling (including faculty, staff and students) must register on the Travel Registration website.

Anyone who travels to an area designated by CDC as experiencing sustained local or widespread transmission of the virus will undergo a mandatory minimum 14-day period of self-isolation and monitoring before being allowed to return to campus or participate in any university-sponsored activity anywhere else. Sick or annual leave must be taken for the absence. The areas currently in that category are China, Iran, most of Europe and South Korea, as well as three states in the US -- Washington, California and New York.

As the virus continues to spread, areas of transmission risk will change, and it is possible that your destination’s designation may change while you are there. We are monitoring daily. Those whose travel is to one of the transmission hotspots will be sent information and guidance prior to their return to campus.

While we strongly encourage you to reconsider non-essential personal travel at this time, CDC’s information for those traveling within the US, available here, may help you decide.

Self-Isolation

Those who are exhibiting symptoms and seeking medical treatment, and/or have been in direct contact with any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should report by telephone to their supervisor. As recommended by the CDC, the employee may be asked to self-isolate.

Students, staff and faculty should not come to campus when sick. Notify your supervisor or administrative leader by phone. In certain cases, an employee’s supervisor may determine that the employee is able to work from home.

This policy applies only to the university and campus. Those with clinical responsibilities should follow the directions of their health care facility.

Employees who care for minor children whose child care or school is temporarily closed:

  • It is not appropriate to bring children to the workplace in the event child care or schools are temporarily closed. Employees should make alternative arrangements for child care.
  • If the employee’s supervisor determines that the employee is able to work from home, a remote work agreement provided by HRM must be completed and maintained on file within the employee’s department. Department Heads will have flexibility to review and approve the request. HRM will be available to provide guidance if necessary.
  • When possible, employees may work with their department to arrange for an alternative work schedule. Classified and professional hourly employees must continue to maintain their weekly total hours to ensure correct pay. Alternative work schedules should be maintained in the department.
  • If the employee’s job duties cannot be performed remotely and the employee is unable to make other arrangements for child care, annual leave should be submitted. If the employee does not have annual leave, unpaid time off should be submitted. Employees on leave without pay (unpaid time off) will not be subject to disciplinary action due to these circumstances.

These policies apply only to the university and campus. Those with clinical responsibilities should follow the directions of their health care facility.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to protect the health of our campus and those we serve.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor

 


 

March 12, 2020

Dear LSU Health New Orleans community,

We have been monitoring SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 since information about this novel virus and disease become known outside of China. To keep the LSU Health New Orleans community safe while carrying out our missions and contributing our expertise to the community, we have developed and updated our response since we implemented our first policy in January. I wanted to make you aware of some important changes in our response.

As the virus has spread overseas and in the U.S., all non-essential travel on university business is hereby suspended until further notice. We request that you seriously reconsider personal travel as well, but take steps to ascertain the level of virus activity occurring at your destination.

In the event that you elect to do personal travel, the State is requiring that you notify your supervisor before you travel. We also require you to provide information on our Travel Registration website, accessible here. You must complete Prior Travel Registration before you travel and Return Travel Registration upon your return. Travel will be evaluated, and where warranted, any special instructions to be followed prior to your return to campus will be communicated. Because the spread of the virus is so unpredictable, this applies to all travel, including personal trips, domestic and international.

While LSU Health New Orleans will remain open, we are suspending university-sponsored and on-campus large gatherings (30 people or more) until further notice. We will begin the transition to remote learning on Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. Deans’ offices will be providing more information about this.            

Faculty and staff who are well and not under a self-isolation period are expected to report to work as usual. We will implement social-distancing practices and other preventive measures on campus. Please follow the instructions from your schools and administrative leadership. Contact your deans’ offices or supervisors regarding any special circumstances.  

This is an evolving situation, and as our situation changes, we will provide updates to our policy and communicate them to you.

Please know how much we value your dedication to health and well-being and your contributions to our success. You have shown remarkable resilience throughout the many challenges we have faced, and this one will be no different. Together we will triumph over this one, too.

Sincerely,

Larry Hollier, MD

Chancellor