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Students study in Edith Garland Dupre Library on the UL Lafayette campus during the fall 2020 semester. (Photo: Doug Dugas/University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

There have been about 4,300 positive cases of COVID-19 reported at college campuses across the state, according to a running dashboard from the Louisiana Department of Health.

The department worked closely with the Louisiana Board of Regents and institutions of higher education to develop the reporting process that began in October, according to the online database.

There is no national tracking of cases among students and staff returning to schools, whether in K-12 or higher education, and efforts to do so rely solely on self-reporting at the school and individual levels, which has its limitations. 

“Anytime you have data self-reported there’s going to be limitations,” University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson said. “But we do now have a much better understanding of the prevalence