Covid-19

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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.

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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All buildings and overnight facilities at Louisiana State Parks are temporarily closed, as are all buildings at all state historic sites. This action is taken for the safety of staff members and the public at these sites, as they encounter the general public on a daily basis. The closure will remain in effect until April 13, and no new reservations will be accepted prior to that date.

 

The City of Monroe has announced Monroe City Hall and Monroe City Court will be closed effective March 26th thru March 29th after receiving word that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. 

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a statewide Major Disaster Declaration in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana was approved by President Donald Trump last night. The declaration allows the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health emergency. 

New number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana were released at noon by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The State of Louisiana now has 1,388 cases of COVID-19 and is reporting 46 deaths. 1,852 test have been handled by state labs and 6,751 by private labs. 43 of 64 parishes now have cases.

Ouachita Parish currently has 7 diagnosed cases and 1 death has been reported. 

2 cases have been reported in Lincoln Parish and 1 case has been reported in Richland Parish.

58% of Louisiana cases are in women and 42% are in men. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards is requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana as the number of cases of COVID-19 grows and the state’s efforts to combat the spread of illness intensifies. The declaration would allow the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health threat. 

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