Our Louisiana communities prove time and time again that they are strong and courageous. You are no different. Many of you all have suffered losses. Our thoughts are with you. Many of you have been able to respond to the needs of others and continue to do a fantastic job. Thank you for your great work and dedication.
An evacuation shelter for people with special medical conditions only is now open on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. This is a shelter of last resort for people who currently receive in-home care and is not for the general public.
This week, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed four additional case of Zika virus. As in all of the other cases in Louisiana, the patients travelled to regions in the Americas with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
The Department of Health announced today it has resumed services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit on Florida Blvd. starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 10. The health unit was closed on July 7 after LDH received a report that detailed the presence of mold throughout the building.
The Louisiana Department of Health today announced it has received a federal grant of more than $19.5 million to assist local communities throughout Louisiana that are still recovering from the devastating floods this past spring. This Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and is administered by the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit.
This brings the total to 19 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. Although the state of Florida has reported several locally transmitted cases in that state, this is not the situation in Louisiana. Local transmission occurs when an infected mosquito in the area bites another person in the area and transmits the virus. This local transmission is much more likely in the parishes around Lake Pontchartrain than other areas of the state.
There is certainly no need to remind the kids who relish their summer days off, but the beginning of the new school year is quickly approaching. As part of getting ready to go back to school, the Louisiana Department of Health reminds parents and guardians to make sure their students have received all vaccines required by state law.