Covid-19

Louisiana Department of Health Update

19 hours ago
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The Louisiana Department of Health has extended its Emergency Order to align with the Governor’s Executive Order that has been extended to April 30. The LDH extension applies to all previously issued LDH Notices and Orders and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, but may be further extended by subsequent order of the State Health Officer. Click here to see the order.

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We find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide health crisis – the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the many ripple effects of the disease, and the world’s disparate attempts to contain it, have been significant impact on financial markets.

Now, markets do not like uncertainty. It’s a lot like what happens when the power goes off and you suddenly find yourself in a very dark room. The first thing you do is stop, and then you grope around a while, taking small steps, trying to avoid a collision with something that you can’t see.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

National Unemployment Claims (Chart): Updating weekly unemployment claims for the entire U.S. since the year 2000.

In response to statewide school closures to curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Louisiana Department of Education today released

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The federal Bureau of Prisons is locking inmates in their cells at all its facilities for 14 days in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The implementation of a new plan Wednesday comes as a focus shifts to a federal prison complex in Louisiana, where two inmates have died and nearly 20 others are hospitalized.

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Blood supplies are low in north Louisiana. LifeShare Blood Center will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday from 1-6 p.m. at the Glenwood Medical Mall, Suite 400.

The public is asked to use the south entrance #5, facing the Ouachita Parish Public Library.

LSU Resumes Spring Semester

Mar 30, 2020
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After a two-week break, LSU’s spring semester resumes today, but all classes have been moved online. English Professor Kevin Cope says there will be something lost in the translation to online for all students, but he expects those in traditional liberal arts classes will fare best, while others like labs may be tougher.

The campus has been closed to all but the few students who couldn’t leave and are at the dorms, and essential staff.

The University of Louisiana Monroe has confirmed that one of its students has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

In a statement emailed Saturday to students, faculty and staff members, President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D., said the student was a resident of on-campus housing and has checked out of the residence hall. The student is self-isolating at home with mild symptoms. Public health officials have been notified and are taking appropriate action.

 

ULM has taken a number of steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:

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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at LEDbiz@la.gov or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.

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