Public Health

August 10, 2020
MIS-C is a serious health condition in young people less than 21 years of age where different body organs can become inflamed and fail. These include the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.
August 06, 2020
Testing is available through the end of next week at Cajun Field at the University of Louisiana, the Lake Charles Civic Center and the Rapides Parish Exhibition Center in Alexandria.
August 03, 2020
Mobile testing sites in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. from Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7.
July 27, 2020
Throughout this week, mobile testing sites in southwest Louisiana have extended their hours and will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. from Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31.
July 24, 2020
In this Q&A blog series, our regional public health leaders will be answering the same questions, and together they will paint a statewide perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response in their communities. Jeff Toms is the Regional Administrator for Region 8, which includes the parishes of Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll.
July 24, 2020
"Personally, I am seeing a decline in both the wearing of masks and in practicing social distancing. It seems there was a drop in following these public health recommendations as restrictions were eased and people began to go out in public," Toms writes of northeast Louisiana.
July 23, 2020
Today, as Louisiana surpassed 100,000 known COVID-19 cases, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a renewal of the current proclamation extending Phase Two in the state, which includes the statewide mask mandate and additional restrictions, until August 7.
July 21, 2020
Theresa Sokol and Amanda Ames from the Louisiana Department of Health will be honored with NextGen Public Service Awards during the virtual NextGen Government Training Summit in August.
July 20, 2020
Throughout this week, mobile testing sites in southwest Louisiana will be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. from Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 24.
July 17, 2020
"In our region, it remains a challenge to really understand the current situation - that the virus is still around and it is still dangerous," Dr. Whyte writes about northwestern Louisiana. "How do we get people to act on this information and do the right thing when they are so anxious to get out of the house and resume their normal activities?"