Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Office of Public Health continue to closely monitor this outbreak.

All information on this website reflects the most current information provided to the State. It is subject to change based on further investigations, and will be updated accordingly.

Stay Home. Recognize Symptoms. Maintain Social Distance.

Defend Against COVID-19

  • Stay home. Follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Only leave your home if it is necessary for essential work or for essential items. Click here to read the Stay at Home order that expires on April 30.
  • Defend Against COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Recognize the symptoms. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home especially if you are sick.
  • Maintain a Social Distance of 6ft. Social distancing means keeping 6ft. of physical space between yourself and others. This helps to prevent the spread of illness.

About Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with recent outbreaks of MERS and SARS. Visit http://www.coronavirus.gov to learn more.

Guidance for the Public

Louisiana health officials are advising the public to practice social distancing by not gathering with groups larger than 10 people. Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. This virus will impact every parish and community in our state. Take precautions to defend against COVID-19.

For a list of additional guidance for the public click here.

Questions about Coronavirus?

If you have questions about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.

Stressed about COVID-19? We're here to talk.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.

Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7

Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.

Symptoms

For confirmed infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

A person is considered recovered when it has been at least seven days after the onset of illness, AND at least three day after resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND resolution or improvement in respiratory symptoms.

How does novel coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus spreads from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets produced when coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Handwashing

Wash your hands regularly:

  • Before, during and after preparing food,
  • Before eating food,
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick,
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound,
  • After using the toilet,
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet,
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing,
  • After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste,
  • After handling pet food or pet treats, and
  • After touching garbage.

Washing your hands only takes 20 seconds and helps prevent the spread of germs like the coronavirus from person to person, our communities and our state. It just takes these five simple steps from the CDC:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  6. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Make sure the hand sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean Surfaces

Frequently touched surfaces include door knobs, light switches, counter tops, bathroom surfaces and faucets, phones, keyboards, desks, etc.

  • Clean surfaces using soap and water.
  • The disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant.

For more information visit follow this CDC guidance.

Medical Volunteers

Medical volunteers interested in volunteering must register with Louisiana Volunteers in Action at http://www.lava.dhh.louisiana.gov/. Medical and non-medical volunteers 18 years of age and older are welcome.