Implementation of multi-level interventions to mitigate risk of SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant at a public University in Southern United States

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 July 2022

During the COVID19 pandemic, navigating the implementation of public health measures in a politically charged environment for a large state entity was challenging.  However, LSU leadership developed and deployed an effective, multi-layered mitigation plan and successfully opened in-person learning while managing cases of SARS-CoV-2 during the fourth surge. We describe the plan to provide a framework for other institutions during this and future responses. The goals were three-fold: maintain a quality learning environment, mitigate risk to the campus community, and ensure that LSU operations did not contribute to healthcare stress. As of September 2022, LSU has achieved high compliance with interventions and relatively low virus activity on campus compared to peer institutions. This university model can serve as a template for similar implementation plans in the context of complex socio-political and economic considerations.  Full article HERE