COVID-19 Protocols

Travel and Safety

As we plan for the 53rd LPSC, our highest priority remains the health and safety of everyone attending the conference. We are closely monitoring news and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health agencies regarding travel and large events.

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

We will require all in-person attendees and volunteers to be fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine. More information about specific processes will be posted here as it becomes available.

Definition of Fully Vaccinated

The CDC considers individuals to be fully vaccinated two weeks following a second dose of mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For international attendees, this guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (i.e., AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac) — two weeks after final dose. The full list of vaccines with final WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status is available here. You must receive your final primary series vaccine dose by February 20 to be eligible to attend the 53rd LPSC in person.


We will require all conference participants to wear a face mask while in the convention center and shuttle buses. Masks can be removed temporarily when actively eating or drinking. In-person speakers in oral sessions can choose to remove their masks while presenting. In-person poster presenters must remain masked due to close proximity to fellow attendees.

A limited number of disposable masks will be available in case you forget to bring one. Signs will be posted to remind attendees to wear a mask.

Physical Distancing

LPSC organizers are considering ways to modify floor plans and seating so that attendees can maintain appropriate physical distancing. Kiosks and help desks will be spaced apart to reduce crowding. Signs will be posted to remind attendees about physical distancing.

Attendees will have the option to display color-coded labels to indicate their comfort level with physical proximity and contact.

Hygiene and Etiquette

All conference participants are encouraged to practice good hygiene, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and self-isolating if they feel unwell. To help prevent the spread of disease, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the LPSC convention space.

Cleaning Protocols

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center has implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

ARCpoint Labs of The Woodlands
2520 Research Forest Drive, Suite 400
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(936) 283-4099

Bear Branch Recreation Center
5310 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(888) 702-9042

CVS Pharmacy
4775 W. Panther Creek Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 363-9174

CVS Pharmacy
25110 Grogans Mill Road
Spring, TX 77380
(281) 363-2290

Doctors Urgent Care
17002 Gleneagle Drive South
Conroe, TX 77385
(832) 447-7123

9595 Six Pines Road
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 292-3962

Quest Diagnostics The Woodlands
8850 Six Pines Drive, Suite 230
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 465-4459

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77389
(888) 702-9042

Sterling Ridge Park and Ride
8001 McBeth Way
The Woodlands, TX 77382
(888) 702-9042

Urgent Care for Kids - The Woodlands
1640 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite E
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 367-0010

Walgreens – COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
19215 INTERSTATE 45 South
Shenandoah, TX 77385
(281) 419-6247

Walgreens COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
560 Rayford Road
Spring, TX 77386
(800) 925-4733

Walgreens COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
3061 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384
(800) 925-4733

Reporting Positive Cases

Attendees who receive a positive test result during LPSC are not allowed to enter the conference venue and must immediately quarantine. These attendees are encouraged to share positive test results with a USRA/LPI HR representative: lpi-covid-status@usra.edu. For contact tracing purposes, a list of close contacts without masking will be requested. All information will be considered as HR confidential.

Additional Resources