President Guice: LA Tech working to keep students safe following 36 football players testing positive for COVID-19

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UPDATE: (6:30 PM)– Following the news of 36 Louisiana Tech football players testing positive for COVID-19, President Les Guice says this spike in cases comes after Hurricane Laura left many players without power.

“I feel more comfortable that any student-athlete that has a positive case will be detected very early and will be able to be isolated,” said Les Guice, President of Louisiana Tech University.

President Guice says the football team has a strict protocol and has had very limited interactions with the rest of the student body. Students just started moving in this past weekend and the first day of classes is Thursday. The school has planned for the fall semester for months now and has protocols in place to protect students.

“They’re doing well. I mean they are putting signs up everywhere telling you what to do, making sure you spray down a whole bunch of stuff before you shower, use the restroom, and all that stuff. They keep you wearing a mask, the RA’s are good about that. I think they are trying really hard,” said Jacob Smart, Louisiana Tech University student.

According to school officials, from the time period of August 4th through September 7th, Tech has had 62 students and 5 employees self-report positive COVID-19 test results, over half of those positive tests being football players. These numbers include those who are living on campus, off-campus, -and those who were never in Ruston.

“There are positive cases in every community. Our goal is to mitigate the spread and minimize the spread. That’s the real secret for all us of being successful here,” said Guice.


“Ah Nah, I’m not worried about that at all. If I get it I’ll be down for about a week in a half and I’ll be back. I don’t think it will affect a college campus that bad,” said Cannon Woodcock, Louisiana Tech University student.

Guice says this year will focus on protecting students but also giving them the college experience everyone deserves.

“You have to balance the health and safety first but recognize our goal of educating students and provide them opportunities for the future,” said Guice.

President Guice says starting Monday, there will be free COVID-19 testing on campus for tech students. In addition, he says freshman convocation was supposed to be tonight, but it has been moved to online to keep everyone safe.


UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD)(6:08 PM 9/9/2020) — Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice has spoken with KTVE/KARD following Tuesday night’s news of 36 LA Tech football players testing positive for COVID-19.

According to President Guice, the university is expecting some positive cases on campus but says that their number one priority is to minimize the spread. From the time period of Aug. 4 through Sept. 7, Louisiana Tech has had 62 students and 5 employees self-report positive COVID-19 test results. This number includes those who are living on campus, off-campus, and those who were never in Ruston. The football team has had very limited interactions with the student body.

President Guice stated that the Louisiana Tech administration has been working to enact protocols that will keep every student safe. They say that they are working to find a balance between health and safety while still achieving their goal of educating students.

Free testing will be available on campus to students beginning on Monday, September 14, 2020.


UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD)(11:15 AM 9/9/2020) — Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice has spoken with KTVE/KARD following Tuesday night’s news of 38 LA Tech football players testing positive for COVID-19.

According to President Guice, the university is expecting some positive cases on campus but says that their number one priority is to minimize the spread. From the time period of Aug. 4 through Sept. 7, Louisiana Tech has had 62 students and 5 employees self-report positive COVID-19 test results. This number includes those who are living on campus, off-campus, and those who were never in Ruston. The football team has had very limited interactions with the student body.

President Guice stated that the Louisiana Tech administration has been working to enact protocols that will keep every student safe. They say that they are working to find a balance between health and safety while still achieving their goal of educating students.

Free testing will be available on campus to students beginning on Monday, September 14, 2020.


RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The game set between Louisiana Tech and Baylor has been postponed with no make up date set.

According to Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports college football writer, Tech has 38 players that have tested positive for the coronavirus following a round of tests conducted earlier this week.

Our sources have confirmed the game is being postponed due to the number of positive screenings.

The season opener for both teams was slated to kickoff at 11 a.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.

At this time, the plan is to reschedule the game for another day that is agreeable for both teams.

Hurricane Laura could be to blame because several people in the Ruston area had to relocate due to the damage left behind by the storm. Several players were forced to move in with other teammate or with friends.

Three weeks before the storm, Louisiana Tech had one positive test out of 350 tests given to the student-athletes on campus.

To read more about the game from Baylor University click here. To read Pete Thamel’s story click here.

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