Louisiana Department of Health

A majority of the deaths in 2017 that occurred during a pregnancy or within one year of pregnancy were preventable, the Louisiana Department of Health is reporting in a newly released review of maternal deaths.

Health Department reports 1,356 new COVID-19 cases

Jun 23, 2020
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The Louisiana Department of Health reports 1,356 COVID-19 cases reported to the state since yesterday, bringing the total to 51,595 cases. Louisiana had the third largest single-week increase in cases last week, beaten only by the first two weeks of April during the upswing.

The vast majority (95%) of today’s increase in case growth is tied to community spread rather than congregate settings like nursing homes.

In terms of timeline, the specimen collection date of 97% of these cases ranges from June 15 to June 23, i.e., today’s big increase is not tied to a backlog.

Gov. Edwards Extends Stay at Home Order to May 15

Apr 27, 2020
John Bel Edwards Administration

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.

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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:

John Bel Edwards Administration

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:

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he has accepted the resignation of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee effective January 31. Gee has taken a new job, which will be announced by her employer at a later date.

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West Nile virus cases in Louisiana are way down from a year ago but the state epidemiologist says people statewide still need to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

Knowing where people have become ill or where the virus has been found in mosquito pools can give people a false sense of security because West Nile is statewide, Dr. Raoult Ratard said Thursday.

"People are insisting, 'It's not in my parish, it's next door.' But that means nothing," Ratard said. "Next week it may be in your parish. The risk is there."

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Recent testing of waters from Lake Pontchartrain shows a toxin produced by cyanobacteria, sometimes referred to as blue-green algae, is below the limit recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the protection of swimmers.

In June, health officials warned swimmers and other users of Lake Pontchartrain that toxins associated with the algal bloom can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, skin irritation and/or breathing problems. Today, measurements of this toxin are within acceptable limits.

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Health and community organizations around the state will join with the Louisiana Department of Health to shed light on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Louisiana as part of NOLA HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day. Events will be held from November 30 through December 1 throughout the state to make an effort to remove the stigma surrounding these diseases and to slow the epidemic in Louisiana by sharing education about resources for testing and treatment. 

The Louisiana Department of Health announced the state is among 10 states chosen as recipients of grants from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The grant will allow LDH to further develop new payment methodologies for companies that provide home and community-based services.

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