Baton Rouge, La. (September 1, 2021) — Today, the Louisiana Department of Health sadly confirms the deaths of two children younger than age 18 during the fourth surge of COVID-19 in the state, which is largely driven by the stronger, more contagious Delta variant. The Louisiana Department of Health today reports 12,380 deaths from COVID, including these children, bringing the total deaths in the state from COVID-19 to 12,582.

MONROE, LA – Beginning Saturday, July 31, 2021, St. Francis Medical Center will pause scheduling new, non-urgent surgical procedures requiring an inpatient bed for the next two weeks as COVID cases continue to climb. Outpatient procedures that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital will go on as planned.

Monroe Updates Mask Policy In City Buildings

Jul 28, 2021

Given the rising number of Covid-19 cases in our region and the CDC’s reversal of their indoor mask policy for the vaccinated, and after speaking with medical experts, Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis is reinstating Covid-19 protocols for city buildings. Starting today, masks must be worn inside City of Monroe buildings when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate will go into effect at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night ahead of the City Council meeting.

New Mask Guidance From Governor Edwards And LDH

Jul 26, 2021

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Louisiana, and following the designation of Louisiana by the White House as a “state of concern” because of its rapid case growth and insufficient vaccination rate, today Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health issued updated guidance recommending that all people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks indoors when at least six feet of distancing is not physically possible during the fourth surge of COVID-19.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are set to announce plans to address a sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the city. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the city's top health official, Dr. Jennifer Avegno, were expected to make an announcement Wednesday afternoon.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The commissioner of Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles is encouraging people who come into OMV facilities to use masks as the state reports a surge in COVID-19 infections.

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This week, 1,467 vaccine providers across the state will have available doses of COVID vaccine. These providers include national and independent pharmacies, public health providers, clinics and physician offices, hospitals and others. 

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations Loactions In Monroe

Jun 3, 2021
Downtown Monroe
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Walgreens is offering free COVID-19 vaccine shots to local communities.

Food and drinks will be provided to recipients.

June 8, 10-2 pm

Henrietta Johnson Community Center

2800 Burg Jones Lane


June 9, 10-2 pm

St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church

206 New Natchitoches Rd


Louisiana Ends Most COVID-19 Restrictions

May 26, 2021
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Following months of improvement in COVID-19 hospitalizations and with nearly three million vaccine doses administered, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed an updated public health emergency order that removes all remaining business capacity restrictions and the vast majority of masking requirements. This week, Louisiana hit its lowest level of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the very early days of the pandemic.

Indian COVID-19 Variant Found In North Louisiana

May 24, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has confirmed the state’s first two identified cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the India B.1.617 variant.

The B.1.617 cases were detected in individuals in Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana), though the variant had already been circulating in neighboring states. Although these are the first reported cases of the B.1.617 variant in Louisiana, it is likely that there are additional undetected cases circulating.