Louisiana State president threatens to close campus amid rising coronavirus numbers

Mid-South

Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/FILE)

BATON ROUGE, La. (NewsNation Now) — Louisiana State University has reported 366 positive COVID-19 cases on campus since Aug. 15, the university’s interim president Tom Galligan said on Wednesday.

The school is investigating a handful of student organizations and individuals who have defied Gov. John Bel Edwards’ orders on social gatherings, according to officials.

“If it keeps going up we are going to go remote,” Galligan said.

Under new guidelines for the fall semester, the university considers any student who does not report a positive test result as “misconduct.” Galligan said he would like to see more students getting tested, and did not rule out campuswide mandatory tests.

The university president is trying to use football as a bargaining chip.

LSU is supposed to open its season on Sept. 26 against Mississippi State. Unlike other Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools, LSU has not yet released an official plan on how many, or if any, fans will be allowed inside Tiger Stadium for the season opener.

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