Coronavirus in Louisiana


State Health Department Updates Only Once Per Day at 12 Noon From

9,150 Cases Reported | 310 Deaths | 1,639 Hospitalized 507 On Ventilators Thursday 12n

6,424 Cases | 273 Deaths | 1,498 Hospitalized 490 On Ventilators Wednesday 12n

5237 Cases | 239 Deaths | 1,355 Hospitalized 438 On Ventilators Tuesday 12n

4025 Cases | 185 Deaths | 1,158 Hospitalized 385 On Ventilators Monday 12n

61 of 64 Parishes now reporting cases


Locally: Rapides 77 Cases 3 Death

Catahoula 5 Case, 1 Death

Avoyelles 34 With 1 Death

Evangeline 16,

Allen 26, 3 Deaths, Natchitoches 4, Vernon 7,  LaSalle 2,   Grant 5,

St Landry 56 with 1 Death, Lafayette 247  With 2 Death

 Acadia 61 with 1 Death, St Martin 58 with 3 Deaths


Click here for the complete Parish By Parish Stats

Governor Edward's Afternoon Covid-10 Update This Afternoon At 2:30p


Louisiana Department Of Health Link

Gov.Louisiana.Gov (Governor Edwards Webpage)


"Stay At Home" Order in Effect


 For All Non-Essential Workers


Louisiana COVID-19 Healthcare Volunteering

If you are a healthcare student, graduate, or an active member/retiree of the healthcare workforce, please sign up to volunteer your time and talent to help the State and our healthcare system meet the challenges of COVID-19. We are looking for volunteers with backgrounds in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, dentistry, counseling, mental/behavioral health, laboratory science, among others.

This is a partnership of all higher education institutions in Louisiana, led by the University of Louisiana System and Louisiana State University, to mobilize our students and graduates in healthcare professions.

Click Here to Volunteer as Healthcare Professional / Student!

If you do not have healthcare training, but are willing to help, we have opportunities in care coordination, community engagement, technology assistance, and many more that can use your talent and time.

Click Here to Volunteer as Non-Healthcare Professional / Student!



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.


A staggering number of Louisianans have filed unemployment claims as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the world economy. By noon Thursday, 30,000 people had applied for unemployment insurance this week, versus 1,700 for all of last week. Laid-off workers can apply online at or by calling 1-866-783-5567.


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.


Risk and Guidance for 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.

Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a stay at home order for Louisiana residents. Click here to read the full order.

  • Stay home unless it is necessary to go to work or get necessities.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Wash your hands.

For a list of additional guidance for the public click here.



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.


Stressed about COVID-19? We're here 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.


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

The deadline for filing you State & Federal Tax returns has been pushed back  to July 15th


The OMV is now closing all offices effective today as a result COVID-19. On line services at the OMV will remain up and running.


The state is offering free counseling for anyone experiencing stress or anxiety from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The phone number is 1-866-310-7977.



Apply For Food Stamps or S.N.A.P




The Weekend Round Up

A Special Devoted To The Coronavirus

Updated 3/29/20




News for Thursday April 2nd, 2020


The reported death toll has risen by 34 from COVID-19 in Louisiana, down from Tuesday’s high of 54, but still one of the highest days on record. We’re now over 6,400 confirmed state cases with 1,500 hospitalizations for COVID-19. The state’s total reported fatalities: 273. Here in Rapides Parish 4 people have died from the virus.


The New Orleans region is now projected to run out of ventilators for COVID-19 patients on April 6th, and the state is scrambling to try and secure more.


The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has announced a second death at the Oakdale federal prison related to COVID-19. The first death was reported three days ago.


Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of one of New Orleans’ great musical families has died. The 85-year-old jazz piano legend was hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19. He had been tested for coronavirus and results were pending.


Governor Edwards paints a grim picture of just how long, and how severe the coronavirus epidemic could get in Louisiana as the nation braces for estimated 100,000-250,000 COVID deaths.


The Treasury Department and IRS announce the distribution of the economic impact payments will be sent out in the next three weeks. The IRS will be using the most recent info on file to get recipients their money. Social Security recipients will automatically receive their economic impact payments, with no needed extra paperwork.


Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves is encouraging small businesses to get a jump on filling out applications for the Payroll Protection Act. Small businesses can apply to receive low-interest loans, with money that is used for payroll being forgiven.


As oil prices continue to drop the outlook for Louisiana workers in the industry continues to look bleak.


Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and two-time U.S. Senate candidate, will serve as an adviser for a Central pastor, and his church, during expected litigation over the religious leader's defiance of state orders limiting public gatherings to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.


The state’s seafood industry is hurting with restaurant business taking a dive because of COVID-19.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning folks not to fall for fake news about bans on fishing or other outdoor activities during the coronavirus shutdown. reports that at least 2 Zulu members, possibly more, have died from coronavirus.




Saints Coach Sean Payton called himself a big dummy Tuesday when speaking to reporters on a conference call. Payton said he misspoke when he said on ESPN that Quarterback Drew Brees would be playing in his final season in 2020. The coach says nothing has changed with Brees, and that the 41-year-old is taking it year-by-year.


LSU Athletics Director Scott Woodward says nothing has changed with basketball coach Will Wade’s employment.


You will not be able to watch Wimbledon this year. The big tennis event at the All England Club has been canceled for the first time since 1945.


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said previously that he hoped the NBA could re-start its season in mid-May. But Cuban said today on ESPN’s Get Up he has no idea on when teams can return to the court.


In college sports. the NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period through May 31st. So that means no unofficial or official visits for high school or transfer prospects.


And here’s a nice gesture, Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will give each minor leaguer in the Rangers organization one-thousand dollars during this shutdown.


Also, the London Series, between the Cubs and Cardinals in mid-June has been canceled.

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Concert & Entertainment Calendar

Collective Soul

Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601

Fri, Apr 3, 8:00 PM

38 Special

Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601

Sat, Apr 4, 8:00 PM

Three Dog Night

Rapides Coliseum

5600 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, Louisiana, 71303

Fri, Apr 10, 7:30 PM

Stoney LaRue

Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601

Fri, Apr 10, 8:30 PM

Gladys Knight

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2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
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Sat, Apr 11, 8:00 PM

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Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
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Fri, Apr 17, 8:30 PM

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