The Louisiana Governor has declared a Public Health Emergency for the state of Louisiana and as of March 11, 2020, there have been 13 presumptive cases in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Public Health, ten are residents of Orleans, 1 is a resident of Jefferson, 1 of Caddo Parish and 1 of Iberia. The presumptive positive tests will be sent to the Center for Communicable Diseases (CDC) for final confirmation of COVID-19.
Parish and state officials have met to implement proactive measures such as heightening disinfecting measures in workspaces, offices and frequently touched surfaces as well high traffic areas within parish facilities. Information was relayed to the janitorial companies and additionally, supplies are being given to employees to assist with these efforts.
We want to reiterate the following proactive steps to protect the health of our residents:
- Cover your cough
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (phone, car handles, doorknobs, light switches, etc.)
- Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick
- Elderly and those with chronic health issues are more vulnerable and should take extra measures to ensure health safety
Also, please only seek information from a reliable source, either the CDC or Louisiana Department of Health, as this information has been verified. We remain in touch with these agencies as well as the Governor’s Office and will continue to send out updates as we receive them.