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Dear students,

The City of New Orleans is increasing restrictions effective at 6 a.m. tomorrow, January 8, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our area. New Orleans had some of the lowest COVID rates in the nation, but as many let down their guard over the holidays, our numbers are now rising along with national trends.  

Restaurants will now go back to 25% occupancy, bars to outside service only, and social gatherings (without the requisite six feet of distance) should be limited to existing households. At least our climate makes life outdoors beautiful through May.

Continuing to Function in Hybrid Model 
We have already been operating within the new guidelines, so we will not need to change what we are doing here at Loyola. With our strictly enforced 6 feet of social distancing in classrooms, offices and common areas, we are well within the 25% occupancy limit. Most importantly, we have four months of evidence that our protocols — maintaining distance, wearing face coverings, washing hands/disinfecting surfaces, immediate contact tracing — have prevented any campus spread in classrooms or common spaces.

What We Need From You 
As you know, we are requiring pre-arrival testing from all of you who come to campus in order to start with a clean slate. Those of you in residence halls must test again after you arrive on campus (and will be getting appointments scheduled for you.) All of you are encouraged to do so. (Information to follow on free campus testing during various dates in January.)  

As you also know, testing is no substitute for vigilance. And as tired as all are, the numbers across the nation require us to be extra vigilant. Keep using the #CampusClear app for a daily reminder to check your symptoms. If you are feeling the least bit sick, stay home -- we have made it easy to participate in class virtually.

Most of all, keep your “pod” as small as possible. When we did contact tracing with those who tested positive in the fall, we were very proud of how short your lists were. You made it possible to continue functioning.  

Progress 
Loyola has learned from these experiences in the fall, and from your input, and continued to adjust. We now know that exposure is far more likely from presence near people (respiratory spread) than from surfaces. So we are carefully opening residence hall lounges to make sure you don’t gather too tightly in rooms. We have opened up more spaces for studying. Student Life and Ministry is working to create more outdoor engagement, from distanced music performances to distanced sports. And the CDC guidelines have reduced the necessary quarantine from exposure by a few days.  

But for the most part, we face the same difficult, surreal reality -- hopefully for just one more semester before vaccines make a difference. Hang in there my friends.  

Tania Tetlow 

President

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Safety is our top priority as we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and best practices to minimize its spread. Please review our guidelines to help maintain our health, safety, and well-being while on campus.

Health and Safety

Wear a face covering.

Follow social distancing rules.

Use the #CampusClear daily symptom assessment. 

Wash your hands properly — and frequently.

Enter and exit buildings safely. 

Clean and disinfect surfaces. 

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