Lamar State Port Arthur staffer tests positive for COVID-19, check out college’s response

Published 5:57 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2020

On Wednesday, at Lamar State College Port Arthur staff member notified the College that they tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the first positive test of a member of the LSCPA community, school officials said.

The name of the employee was not released.

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The employee is part of the Student Services staff working on the third floor of the Student Center. In due diligence to maintaining the utmost safety, access to the third floor of the Student Center is closed.

All dealings with advising, financial aid and other Student Services offices will be handled remotely.

The College has notified the Port Arthur Department of Public Health to ensure they are aware of the employee’s test results, and so the Department of Public Health can follow-up as appropriate with any individuals who may have been exposed.

“While this is the first case confirmed at LSCPA, we are aware of the additional cases being reported in this region and remind everyone that we all have a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” a release from Public Information Coordinator Gerry L. Dickert said.

“LSCPA has identified viable telework options and moved instruction online during the spring and summer semesters in order to reduce the number of individuals required to be on campus.”

Ongoing updates regarding LSCPA’s response to COVID-19 are posted at Please continue to follow best practices to keep yourself and other members of the community safe and healthy.