Coronavirus in Louisiana 

The Louisiana Department of Health posts twice-daily updated case numbers online at LDH.Louisiana.gov/coronavirus.

To prevent the spread of infection, the Louisiana Department of Health is heavily engaged in priority public health actions. These actions include, but are not limited to:

  1. working with healthcare facilities with presumptive patients to identify exposed healthcare workers and make appropriate recommendations;
  2. ensuring all recommended infection control precautions are implemented in the healthcare facilities until we determine that the patient is no longer infectious,
  3. notifying and monitoring close contacts;
  4. coordinating with CDC

All information on this website reflects the most current information provided to the State. It is subject to change based on further investigations, and will be updated accordingly.

About Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with recent outbreaks of MERS and SARS.

Questions about Coronavirus?

If you have questions about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.

Symptoms

For confirmed infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

How does novel coronavirus spread?

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

Need to Talk? 

If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.

Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7

Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.

Risk to the Public 

To minimize the risk of spread, Louisiana officials are advising the public to practice social distancing by not gathering with large groups of people. Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana and introduce the virus to new communities.

Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

The Department of Health is also working with health care providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases.

Confirmed cases in Louisiana have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.

Sharing messaging with partners and the public as it becomes available.

Information for the Public

Information from the CDC

Information on the Statewide Stay at Home Order

News

03/22/20

Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

03/21/20

Gov. Edwards Thanks Healthcare Workers and Releases New PSA Urging Louisianans to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

03/20/20

Gov. Edwards Reminds the Public of Restrictions in Place to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

03/20/20

Gov. Edwards Leads Live Statewide Broadcast on Louisiana’s Response to COVID-19 

03/19/20

Gov. Edwards Updates Public Health Emergency to Waive Education Requirements, Speed Laboratory Testing

03/19/20

Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible for COVID-19 Business Aid

03/18/20

Gov. Edwards Requests Temporary Changes to SNAP, CBDG, HUD and FEMA Programs in Response to COVID-19

03/18/20

Gov. Edwards Announces LA Wallet Will Waive Fee in Response to COVID-19

03/17/20

Gov. Edwards Requests SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Orleans and Jefferson Parish

03/16/20

Gov. Edwards Expands Proclamation Aimed to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

03/16/20

Gov. Edwards Announces Aggressive Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

03/15/20

State of Louisiana Reports Second COVID-19 Related Death

03/14/20

State of Louisiana Reports First COVID-19 Related Death

03/13/20

Gov. Edwards Signs Executive Order Postponing Louisiana's Primary Election 

03/13/20

Gov. Edwards Signs Proclamation Aimed to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

03/12/20

Gov. Edwards Issues Statement on COVID-19 Legislative Contingency Plans

03/11/20

Gov. Edwards Declares Public Health Emergency in Response to COVID-19

03/10/20

Gov. Edwards Announces Confirmation of Two New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases in Louisiana

03/09/20

Gov. Edwards Confirms Louisiana's First Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19

03/02/20 

Gov. Edwards Holds Unified Command Group Meeting on Coronavirus, Forms COVID-19 Task Force