Coronavirus in Louisiana
Today's update from the LA Dept. of Health has the number of total cases for the State at 38,054. These numbers list 24 cases in Vernon, 58 cases in Beauregard, 184 cases in Allen, 663 cases in Rapides, 578 cases in Calcasieu, 40 cases in Sabine, and 157 cases in Natchitoches Parish. The numbers also show 2,596 deaths in the State
In Louisiana, 28,700 cases are presumed recovered since their positive result. A person is presumed recovered if 1) it has been more than 14 days, since they tested positive and they are not currently in the hospital or deceased (when hospital status is known), or 2) it has been more than 21 days, since they tested positive and they are not deceased (when hospital status is unknown).
Texas has reported a total of 55,971 cases with 4 cases in Newton County, 28 cases in Jasper County, 96 cases in Orange County, 5 case in Sabine County, and 498 cases in Jefferson County.
The Dept. of Health has gone to releasing their information once a day at the Noon hour. The number of cases per Parish is listed at the bottom of this page. The Louisiana Department of Health updates case numbers once a day online at LDH.Louisiana.gov/coronavirus.
Beginning May 15th Louisiana will enter "Phase 1" of reopening:
- Churches will be able to conduct indoor service at 25% of their Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) capacity, with continued allowance for additional outdoor seating with LAOSFM guidance on social distancing. In line with this, indoor funerals and weddings may resume indoor at 25% capacity of the building and may continue outdoor services with no crowd size limitation as long as social distancing is practiced.
- All non-CISA and non-closed businesses will be able to be open to the public at 25% of their LAOSFM capacity
- Restaurants, coffee shops, and cafés will be able to be open to the public for indoor table service at 25% of their LAOSFM capacity, with continued allowance for additional outdoor seating with LAOSFM guidance on social distancing
- Bars that hold an LDH food service certificate will be able to do to-go or takeout and delivery of food and alcohol and dine-in seating in line with LAOSFM guidance on social distancing for restaurants, with no more than 25% of their LAOSFM capacity. No on-site consumption will be allowed if not seated at LAOSFM approved seating.
- Gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to be open to the public at 25% of their capacity. LAOSFM and LDH will be issuing guidance on social distancing and sanitization.
- Anchor stores of shopping malls with exterior doors accessible by the public will be allowed to be open to the public at 25% of their LAOSFM capacity. Interior mall stores can continue to offer their goods for sale to the public for curbside delivery only.
- Movie theaters may be open to the public at 25% of their LAOSFM capacity, with new guidance from SFM and LDH on social distancing and sanitation
- Casinos and video poker may be open in line with guidance from Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana Racing Commission and at no more than 25% of their capacity and gaming positions. Racetracks may open for races without spectators only if approved by the Louisiana Racing Commission.
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums may be open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits. Children’s museums remain closed.
- Barbers, hair salons, and nail salons may be open to the public at 25% of their capacity with LAOSFM guidance on social distancing
- Massage establishments, spas, tattoo parlors, and all other places of public amusement from 52 JBE 2020 remain closed
Because of the critical need for healthcare workers, the State of Louisiana has created a volunteer website for students, graduates, or retirees of the health care profession. If you are qualified, willing and able to volunteer, please visit: covid-19lavolunteers.org
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that small businesses in all 64 Louisiana parishes will have access to federal Small Business Administration disaster aid in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza confirmed that Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small business are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans, which will be made available to eligible firms suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.
On April 15th, GOV. JOHN BEL EDWARDS SIGNED A PROCLAMATION CLOSING ALL K-12 LOUISIANA SCHOOLS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR.
The Louisiana Dept. of Education has released some information for students who were supposed to be graduating High School this year on Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarships and recaps the various regulatory flexibilities granted by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), the Board of Regents, the Governor, and the U.S. Department of Education to make graduation and promotion possible during this extraordinary time. You can find this information online by clicking here. You can also visit the louisianabelieves.com website by clicking here.
There is a testing site at the Rapides Parish Coliseum parking lot Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 PM-3 PM. You must be symptomatic to receive a test. The CDC list of symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, and a new loss of smell or taste.
Jeff Davis Parish/Elton: 11 PM – 5 AM
Merryville: 8 PM – 6 AM
LOUISIANA PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ON APRIL 4, 2020 WAS POSTPONED. The Presidential Preference Primary July 11th and the Municipal Primary election will be held August 15th. Louisiana's Emergency Election Plan has passed. You can read the details of the plan by clicking here.
Louisiana OMV: As of March 20th all Office of Motor Vehicle locations are closed. Online services are still available at expresslane.org. Licensing and registration requirements waived through Governor John Bel Edwards’ Emergency Proclamation. Visit their website here for more details: www.expresslane.org
Local health care facilities are following new guidelines put in place by the Louisiana Department of Health which include restrictions on visitors to patients, limited entrances in to the facilities, and pre-screening of anyone entering the building. Contact the hospitals for more information.
DENTAL VISITS: The State of Louisiana has prohibited all routine non-essential dental visits and all routine non-essential dental procedures/surgeries in Louisiana through April 30, 2020.
Fort Polk is in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) “Charlie” which is defined as “Substantial: Sustained Community Transmission.” Ft. Polk has reduced their travel radius for soldiers to 50 miles. There will be no physical services at the Main Post chapel. All services will be done over Facebook live. Rotation 20-06 scheduled to take place in April has been shifted to fiscal year '21. Fort Polk will remain using the Trusted Traveler protocol for the gate entrances. Only the driver of the vehicle will have to scan their license at the gate pedestal.
Fort Polk does have a drive-thru screening center set up on the installation. It remains open from 9 AM-3 PM for any BJACH beneficiaries. You must have a valid I.D. card for anyone 10 years of age or older. The screening site is located on Texas Avenue on Fort Polk.
BJACH requires cloth face wraps. To align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Defense Health Agency guidance, all patients and visitors to Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital will wear cloth face wraps.
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital has opened their curbside pharmacy, Third Street upper level. Hours will be Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Those with prescriptions ready for pick-up will be directed to park in a designated pharmacy parking spots. BJACH requests beneficiaries wait patiently in their vehicle as medications are delivered.
Fort Polk: with the new Stay At Home Order, Ft. Polk has closed many services that had initially stayed open. These include:
- all fitness centers
- Home of Heroes Rec Center
- Warrior Hills Golf Course & Warrior Store
- Alligator Lake Rec Site
- Toledo Bend Rec Site
- Recreational Shooting Range
- Arts & Crafts Center
- Auto Skills Center
- Warrior Center
- Allen Memorial Library & Education Center
- Batting Cages
- Leisure Travel Services
- Klubs and Karts
- Anvil Bar/Forge Bar
- Intramural Sports
- Huddle House
- Tax Center
- AAFES mini-mall
- Army Wellness Center
- some retail stores located in the Main PX
AAFES PX operating hours will be Mon.-Sun. from 10 AM-6 PM- the Barber Shop will consolidate operations at the Main PX location and move to one shift. You can find more detailed information on Ft. Polk services operating hours on the JRTC and Fort Polk Facebook page by clicking here.
Fort Polk Commissary has purchasing limits on certain products. Visit the JRTC and Fort Polk Facebook page by clicking here for more information.
Fort Polk Vet Clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9 AM-3 PM, closed on Thursdays.
The Department of Defense has also halted all domestic travel, including Permanent Change of Station, and Temporary Duty (medical TDY remains authorized) effective Monday, 16 March through 11 May 2020.
Tax Deadline: The extended tax deadline is July 15th
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has announced you may be eligible for assistance if your work hours have been reduced because of lack of work due to Coronavirus, or if your workplace closes or instructs employees not to go to work, while not paying employees. Workers may be eligible for up to $247 per week in unemployment assistance. For more information, click here: http://www.laworks.net/PublicRelations/COVID_19_Information.asp
The City of Leesville City Hall will be closed to the public effective Tues., March 17th. They will be available by phone during regular business hours. Utility payments may be made through the online payment system, mail or placed in the drop box behind City Hall. As of Monday, March 23rd of City Parks, including the golf course, are closed until further notice
Vernon Parish Police Jury has closed public parks and recreation sites to the public, including Vernon Lake Spillway Park. Congregating at any public park or recreation site is not allowed and will be enforced by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. Public boat launches and fishing are still being allowed as long as you are not congregating in groups and are practicing social distancing.
The City of DeRidder offices are also remaining open, however, they too are asking that residents use the drop box, mail in payments, or pay online whenever possible. They have also restricted their public transit system to medical appointments only. Party and facility rentals at City Parks will be suspended until further notice. The Beauregard Parish Museum is closed. The Beauregard Library is closed.
Vernon Parish Sheriffs Office will be closing their office. Dispatch, Patrol, and Investigative Units remain operational. Call the following numbers for any information concerning traffic citations, property taxes, or occupational licenses:
- Records 337-238-7236, 337-238-7229 or 337-238-7251
- Civil phones 337-238-7233 or 337-238-7217
- Traffic numbers 337-238-7222
- Taxes 337-238-7221
The Beauregard Parish Police Jury offices are closed. They can still be reached by phone at 337-463-7019 or their website beauparish.org
Beauregard Sheriff's Office:
- The Senior Care Unit will suspend home visits
- If you need to obtain a copy of an Incident Report, Crash Report, or some other type of paperwork from our office, call 337-463-3281
- The main lobby of the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office will allow limited civilian entrance (i.e. putting money on an inmate’s commissary account). All background checks and fingerprint requests cannot be processed at the present time.-There will be NO inmate visitation allowed (including clergy) except as provided by the video visitation currently available.
- The Animal Control Division will not be accepting surrenders of dogs or responding to Animal Control matters at residences unless the situation involves an aggressive animal or a dog bite complaint. You can still call about an Animal Complaint.
- If you have received a Traffic Citation with a court date of April 14th, 2020, the court date has been extended until May 12th, 2020.
- The Civil Office lobby is closed. You can call at 337-462-2400. Should you need to make a payment, there is a drop box located next to the front door of the Civil Office. You can also mail payments to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 370, DeRidder, La., 70634.
The Town of New Llano offices will remain open during regular business hours however, the lobby of City Hall will be closed. The drive-up window will remain open for all business with the Town.
Wal-Mart stores (nationwide) have changed their hours to 7 AM to 8:30 PM each day. Wal-Marts in Leesville and DeRidder have only one entrance/exit open and are offering curbside pickup for Pharmacy customers.
Dollar General and Brookshire Brothers Stores have dedicated the first hour of their stores shopping time for seniors only. They are asking all other customers to wait until after the first hour of their day to come in
The Vernon Parish Tourism Commission Information Center and the Museum of the New Llano Colony have both been closed for the time being. The Tourism Commission has also announced MayFest 2020 will be cancelled
Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc (BECi) offers easy and convenient ways to pay utility bills: MyBECi Mobile App, IVR Phone Payments, BECI member portal online (www.beci.org), Night Deposit Boxes/Drop Boxes, Postal Mail and BECi Office Drive Through Windows. BECi will temporarily suspend member disconnects for the next 30 days and may extend the period if necessary including those on the PowerPay Pre-Pay Program.
CLECO is temporarily suspending service disconnects and late fees on customer accounts effective today until further notice. Cleco offers multiple payment options that don’t require customers to physically go inside a Cleco customer service office or visit an authorized pay agent, these include using their MyAccount, KUBRA - a one-time electronic payment system, by Mail, or payment may be dropped in the night deposit box.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) offices throughout the state will be closed indefinitely to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. To alleviate any additional public burden, LDWF is providing the public alternatives to process applications via mail, email and online. Visit wlf.louisiana.gov/ for more information
The Leesville Area Ministerial Alliance is offering free meals to senior citizens with free delivery service. Visit their Facebook page for more information by clicking here.
The Lord Clinic is asking anyone who can sew to download the CDC recommended mask pattern here: MASK PATTERN. You can bring your sewn mask to the Lord Clinic and they will sanitize and distribute them to places that are in need of them.
The First United Methodist Church of Leesville has their food pantry open to those who are in need Mondays from 9 AM-1 PM. They are also in need of donations. Call 337-239-3828 for more information.
FORT POLK UPDATES
1. All access control points will have "Trusted Traveler Technology". Drivers will scan their ID Card using a pedestal mounted on the driver's side of each ACP lane and wait for the system to determine access. A green light will display and MP/DES guard will allow drivers to proceed onto the installation. Passengers will not need to scan their ID cards, providing they meet the entry criteria. Passengers who do not meet entry criteria will need to process through the Visitor's Center. MP's/DES guards retain the authority to halt a vehicle that presents threat concerns.
2. PT will be conducted at Squad and Team levels only.
3. All gyms on Fort Polk are closed.
4. The Department of the Army halted overseas and domestic travel including Permanent Change of Station, and Temporary Duty (medical TDY remains authorized). Individuals pending retirement or separation within the next 60-days are exempt. These orders were made to counter the threat of the COVID-19 virus with the intent to protect our Soldiers, DA Civilians, and their Families.
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:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
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.
Questions about Coronavirus?
If you have questions about Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 from 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Cases By Parish
De Soto 239
East Baton Rouge 3,462
East Carroll 111
East Feliciana 190
Jefferson Davis 74
La Salle 47
Parish Under Investigation 77
Pointe Coupee 188
Red River 48
St. Bernard 529
St. Charles 625
St. Helena 51
St. James 292
St. John the Baptist 848
St. Landry 249
St. Martin 291
St. Mary 304
St. Tammany 1,678
West Baton Rouge 157
West Carroll 41
West Feliciana 205