COVID-19

Paula Burch-Celentano / Tulane University

Tulane students have been back on campus for almost four weeks. In that time, there’s been a marked increase in the number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among undergraduate students, according to the university’s Office of Campus Health.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

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.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

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.

At Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School in Algiers, a low-slung brick building across the river from downtown New Orleans, school leaders greet students as they make their way into the building. All are masked.

In the cafeteria, a movable wall cuts the space in half, separating the students into socially distanced groups of nine. Strips of tape mark separate pathways for students and staff. Big pumps of hand sanitizer sit on each desk, and everyone, teachers and students, is wearing a mask.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

New Orleans Public Schools will reopen Wednesday after closing briefly due to Tropical Storm Marco. At one time forecast to be a Category 1 hurricane, Marco ultimately weakened to a tropical depression as it approached southern Louisiana on Monday.

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