Confirmed Case of Coronavirus at LSU

Friday, March 20, 2020; 6:35 p.m.

To Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today, a member of the LSU community in Baton Rouge told us that they have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first such case at the university. The individual is a graduate student who takes all courses online, who does not live on campus, and who has not been on campus since March 7. The student did have an on-campus job and all those who work in the same office have been alerted to monitor themselves for symptoms. Please know that the CDC does not define simply being in the same office with someone who tests positive as “close contact.”

All of us offer our thoughts and good wishes to this student. Even though we are social distancing and self-isolating, we are still one compassionate community and we stand together in hope.

For the past week while classes have been canceled, we have been escalating our cleaning procedures and the frequency of our cleaning. And please be assured that our wonderful staff have thoroughly cleaned the relevant space in accordance with public health guidelines.

While the news of a positive case at LSU is not unexpected given the number of cases now in the state, I know it is cause for concern. So, please continue to take care of yourselves by practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding travel. And, please take care of your loved ones – especially those who are older or have chronic health conditions – by avoiding those who are most at-risk and staying away from gatherings of more than 10 people.

Please continue to visit and follow LSU’s official social media channels in order to keep up with the latest information and resources. For further information, visit or

Your health, safety, and success are our guiding principles in every decision we make. Thanks for being a fantastic community. You inspire me. We will get through this.


Tom Galligan
LSU Interim President