Tulane University

Tulane University in New Orleans.

Tulane University is ending its routine free testing of students for COVID-19 after two years of pandemic surveillance.

The university said its vaccination and booster rates have strengthened students, faculty and staff to the point that it no longer needs to test students who don't show signs of coronavirus infection. Tulane said it will continue testing faculty, students and staff who:

  • Have symptoms or are in close contact with people have tested positive
  • Those who intend to travel or have recently returned from traveling.

Tulane also will continue to offer community testing to family and friends but will add a fee for it.

The new policy takes effect Monday.

"These changes will align us more closely with the practices of our peer institutions throughout the country and with the recommendations of public health experts," the university said. 

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