Coronavirus in Louisiana


State Health Department Updates Only Once Per Day at 12 Noon From


10,297 Cases | 370 Deaths | 1,707 Hospitalized 535 On Ventilators Friday 12n

12,496 Cases | 409 Deaths | 1,707 Hospitalized 535 On Ventilators Friday 12n


61 of 64 Parishes now reporting cases



Rapides 81 Cases 4 Deaths

Catahoula 6 Case, 1 Deaths

Avoyelles 36 With 1 Deaths

St Landry 45 with 2 Deaths

Allen 39 With 3 Deaths

St Landry 45 with 2 Deaths

 Acadia 65 with 2 Deaths

 Lafayette 229  With 4 Death

 St Martin 64 with 5 Deaths


Cases with no deaths..

Evangeline 19,Natchitoches 15, Vernon 11,  LaSalle 4,   Grant 9,


Click here for the complete Parish By Parish Stats


Louisiana Department Of Health Link

Gov.Louisiana.Gov (Governor Edwards Webpage)


"Stay At Home" Order in Effect


 For All Non-Essential Workers


Louisiana COVID-19 Healthcare Volunteering

If you are a healthcare student, graduate, or an active member/retiree of the healthcare workforce, please sign up to volunteer your time and talent to help the State and our healthcare system meet the challenges of COVID-19. We are looking for volunteers with backgrounds in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, dentistry, counseling, mental/behavioral health, laboratory science, among others.

This is a partnership of all higher education institutions in Louisiana, led by the University of Louisiana System and Louisiana State University, to mobilize our students and graduates in healthcare professions.

Click Here to Volunteer as Healthcare Professional / Student!

If you do not have healthcare training, but are willing to help, we have opportunities in care coordination, community engagement, technology assistance, and many more that can use your talent and time.

Click Here to Volunteer as Non-Healthcare Professional / Student!



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.


A staggering number of Louisianans have filed unemployment claims as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the world economy. By noon Thursday, 30,000 people had applied for unemployment insurance this week, versus 1,700 for all of last week. Laid-off workers can apply online at or by calling 1-866-783-5567.


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.


Risk and Guidance for the Public

To minimize the risk of spread, Louisiana officials are advising the public to practice social distancing by not gathering with large groups of people. Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana and introduce the virus to new communities.

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a stay at home order for Louisiana residents. Click here to read the full order.

  • Stay home unless it is necessary to go to work or get necessities.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Wash your hands.

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.


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.

How does novel coronavirus spread?

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • 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

The deadline for filing you State & Federal Tax returns has been pushed back  to July 15th


The OMV is now closing all offices effective today as a result COVID-19. On line services at the OMV will remain up and running.


The state is offering free counseling for anyone experiencing stress or anxiety from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The phone number is 1-866-310-7977.



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News for Friday April 3rd, 2020


Most of the State’s residents got a text blast from the Governor informing them the statewide shelter in place order has officially been extended through April 30th.  Along with that, an offer to sign up for direct alerts on vital COVID-19 info from the state. This comes as the state yesterday crossed the 9,000 case mark, and adds 37 new official COVID fatalities.


Governor Edwards says a model used by the White House predicts 1,834 Louisianans will die of COVID-19. The Governor says the model is predicated on the idea that we continue mitigation measures through May, instead of the current reopening date of May 1st.


The CDC releases new guidelines and is now recommending wearing protective masks when in public.


If life wasn’t already difficult enough, Colorado State University Hurricane researchers predict an active 2020 hurricane season.


Avoyelles Parish has officially declared a curfew in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


A nurse at New Orleans East Hospital becomes the state’s first healthcare worker to die after testing positive for COVID-19.


Four inmates have now died from the coronavirus at the Oakdale federal prison in Allen Parish.


A Louisiana lawmaker whose constituency includes Grand Isle has been put on a ventilator to assist his breathing as he battles the new coronavirus. Before his setback  state Rep. Reggie Bagala had hoped to be discharged by this weekend.


Legendary Peabody high school basketball coach Charles Smith has been named the Class Four-A Boys Basketball Coach of the Year after leading the Warhorses to a state championship for an eighth time.


Ochsner Health chief Warner Thomas says they continue to increase the number of intensive care beds to keep up with the surge in COVID-19 patients.


Department of Education issues guidance for school districts on how to handle the impending graduating class of high school seniors.


The State Treasurer is shipping out four million dollars’ worth of unclaimed property checks to Louisianans this week.


Later today the U.S Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carre Spillway.


The Department of Children and Family Services is not relaxing child support payments due to the pandemic.


Beams and other load-bearing structures on the upper floors of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans were not properly designed, causing structural problems ahead of the building's collapse, according to citations issued against the engineers in charge of the project.




It’s unique times and that’s no different for the Saints who are preparing for this month’s NFL draft with a small group of coaches and front office personnel at the Dixie Brewery in New Orleans East.


The Saints have announced they’ve re-signed cornerback P-J Williams.


Court records show LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron filed for divorce from his wife Kelly on February 26th after 23 years of marriage.


The family for former Saints kicker Tom Dempsey says the 73-year-old is receiving hospice care.


LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is still not exactly sure what his roster might look like in 2021.

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