People coming to New Orleans to help fight coronavirus can stay at Tulane

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 04, 2020 - 8:21 am
Tulane

Tulane officials have announced they are offering student housing to medical personnel, volunteers and others coming to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“I cannot think of a better use for this temporarily vacated space than making it available to shelter those who are coming to our aid during this crisis,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “We want to do what we can to help these heroes as they bring healing and comfort to our community.”

Tulane University is opening up available space in its residence halls.

They have hundreds of rooms available, which just two weeks ago were filled with students.

A news release says that the university is providing 345 beds in three student residence halls for federal, state, or municipal employees and/or vetted government contract employees. 

They are also giving them free laundry service.

“There could be a big influx of volunteers or medical personnel from out of state and it makes sense to house them here. Space is also available for Tulane clinicians or medical staff should they require it,” said Brian Johnson, assistant vice president for Housing and Residence Life/Campus Recreation at Tulane University. “It means a lot to be in a position to help the city and state.”

He noted that Tulane went from nearly 4,100 students living in uptown campus housing just a few weeks ago to only 230 after all classes shifted online because of COVID-19 concerns.

The university is also ready to offer shuttle service from Tulane’s uptown campus to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“I’m proud of our team and campus services for being able to turn over these buildings so quickly and get them ready for the weeks ahead,” Johnson said. “We want to do this for the people and city we love.”

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