Public Health

September 01, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Health has reopened molluscan shellfish growing waters, Areas 8-15 effective at sunrise Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
August 31, 2020
This week, COVID-19 testing will be available at the following locations, dates and times in the greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions. Also, a location will be available at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
August 25, 2020
As of today, LDH has updated the methodology used to assign cases and tests to the best known locations. This new methodology allows us to account for patients who have been tested more than once and may have moved at some point during this public health emergency.
August 21, 2020
The test site is moving next week to a new location in Lake Charles, in the 700 block of Dora Street. From East Prien Lake Road, take Kirkman Street North, then turn left at Dora Street and follow the signage for where to enter and exit the test site.
August 21, 2020
"Early on, our elected leaders made difficult decisions to cancel public events, order aggressive but necessary social distancing measures, and issue calls for the public to stay at home to limit the virus’s spread. Most notably, the people of the greater New Orleans area heeded those calls. ... By embracing these recommendations, we were able to flatten the curve and keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed," Dr. Kanter writes of the greater New Orleans region.
August 21, 2020
Next week, COVID-19 mobile testing for Region 5 is moving to a new location in Lake Charles. Community testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.   
August 18, 2020
The parish health units will be following social distancing guidelines and scheduling appointments for these back-to-school events. Vaccines will be available over a two-week period, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. August 24 to September 4.
August 14, 2020
Throughout next week, mobile testing for Region 5 will continue at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 8 a.m. until noon from Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21
August 14, 2020
In this Q&A blog series, our regional public health leaders will be answering many of the same questions, and together they will paint a statewide perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic and their communities' response. Dr. Tina Stefanski is the regional medical director for Region 4, which includes the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.
August 14, 2020
"Changing behavior is hard. We have a very friendly, outgoing culture here in Acadiana. The idea of social distancing is very new for all of us, but it is such a critically important piece to slowing down transmission, flattening the curve and, ultimately, saving lives," Dr. Stefanski writes of Acadiana.