Gov. Edwards Extends Stay at Home Order to May 15

Apr 27, 2020

Update: Read the full proclamation here. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he will extend Louisiana’s Stay at Home order until May 15 to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Glenwood Regional Medical Center

Two area hospitals announced participation in using plasma from recovered patients to treat COVID-19.

St. Francis Medical Center and Glenwood Regional Medical Center announced today their participation as sites for convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients with severe or life-threatening COVID-19.

McDonald's (Monroe, LA) Facebook

McDonald's restaurants are giving away free "Thank You" meals to first responders and healthcare workers. 

First responders and healthcare workers can receive their free "Thank You" meal via carry out and drive through at participating McDonald’s restaurants by simply showing a work badge from April 22 through May 5, 2020.

According to the restaurant's website, these workers can enjoy one free meal per qualified customer per day. / Prachatai /

The Louisiana Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for any patients who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, contact your primary care physician for guidance.

Testing is available at all federally qualified health centers (community clinics) listed here.

The Department of Health has compiled a list of testing sites:

Louisiana Department of Health issued a revised order for medical and surgical procedures allowing non-emergency procedures to resume on Monday, April 27, 2020.

“Health care facilities play a critical role in responding to COVID-19 and helping people be their healthiest,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “We are quite some time away from returning to normal but this is a step in the right direction.”

The revised guidance opens procedures under the following conditions:

Louisiana Department of Health Update

Apr 8, 2020
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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