The White House invited LSU President William Tate IV to speak to President Joe Biden on LSU's COVID-19 mitigation strategies, an LSU press release relayed. Tate will be joining a body of representatives from across the country Wednesday to brief Biden on their institutions' COVID-19 policies.
As announced by the White House, Biden is preparing for his six-step COVID-19 plan. First, representatives will discuss how the expansion of COVID-19 protocols has impacted their institutions so that Biden can advance his administration's plan into the private sector.
With 82% of the student body vaccinated, Tate claims LSU's COVID-19 protocols have worked in depleting the virus on campus. As of Sept. 13, over 25,000 students reported being partially or fully vaccinated.
LSU's protocols include:
- Virus-detecting monthly testing protocol.
- Wastewater testing.
- Vaccine/testing mandate in Tiger Stadium.
- Classroom ventilation through HEPA air filters.
- A mask mandate for all indoor activities.
Since the start of the semester on Aug. 23, there have been 298 COVID-19 cases on LSU's campus, and over 7,000 COVID tests have been conducted.