The COVID-19 testing schedule for sites operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) for the week of May 10-15 is listed below. No LANG-operated sites will be open in Region 3 (Houma-Thibodaux), Region 4 (Acadiana), Region 6 (Cenla), Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana) and Region 9 (North Shore). 

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has confirmed the state’s first two identified cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the Brazil P.1 variant. 

The P.1 cases were detected in individuals in Regions 1 (Greater New Orleans area) and 5 (Southwest Louisiana). Neither individual reported a history of travel, and neither individual had received the COVID-19 vaccines. Although these are the first reported cases of the P.1 variant in Louisiana, it is likely that there are additional undetected cases circulating.

The Louisiana Department of Health will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following a decision late Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Some restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including strict occupancy restrictions for bars and restaurants, will be eased this week following sustained improvements in COVID-19 hospitalizations and vaccinations, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday. Social distancing of six feet will still be required in businesses and Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate remains in place.

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Today, Louisiana officially surpassed 10,000 people who have died from COVID-19, just over a year from when the state recorded its first COVID-19 death. The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed 10,030 people have died in its Monday COVID-19 data update.

The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy is offering the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to individuals at the university and in the community who are eligible to receive it under the Louisiana Department of Health's expanded criteria.  


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The COVID-19 testing schedule for sites operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) for the week of February 8-13 is listed below. No LANG-operated sites will be open in Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana). Sites are closed during state holidays and inclement weather.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says he has COVID-19 and is resting at home with mild symptoms. He's Louisiana's fourth statewide elected official to test positive for the coronavirus disease since the pandemic began. Nungesser confirmed in a Wednesday night Twitter post that he tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican in his second term as lieutenant governor said that his mild symptoms include a fever, but no breathing problems. The lieutenant governor joins three other Republican statewide elected officials in Louisiana who have previously had COVID-19 and have since recovered: U.S. Sen.

Louisiana has administered its first coronavirus vaccines at a New Orleans-area hospital. The vaccinations at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson Parish went to workers at the facility who regularly encounter COVID-19 patients.

Monroe Mayor Asks Citizens To Take COVID-19 Measures

Nov 19, 2020


We are seeing significant increases in positive COVID cases in our area, around our state and throughout the country. Hospitalizations are again at an all-time high, and many are still losing loved ones to this virus or lengthy hospital stays. The Monroe area is no exception.