Coronavirus in Louisiana


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

50 New Reported Deaths Today and 1,253 New Cases
18,283 Cases | 702 Deaths | 2,014 Hospitalized 473 On Ventilators Thursday 12n
17,030 Cases | 652 Deaths | 1,983 Hospitalized 490 On Ventilators Wednesday 12n
16,284 Cases | 582 Deaths | 1,996 Hospitalized 519 On Ventilators Tuesday 12n
14,867 Cases | 512 Deaths | 1,809 Hospitalized 563 On Ventilators Monday 12n
13,010 Cases | 477 Deaths | 1,803 Hospitalized 561 On Ventilators Sunday 12n
12,496 Cases | 409 Deaths | 1,707 Hospitalized 535 On Ventilators Saturday 12n
10,297 Cases | 370 Deaths | 1,707 Hospitalized 535 On Ventilators Friday 12n
Click here for the complete Parish By Parish Stats


63 of 64 Parishes now reporting cases


Louisiana Department Of Health Link


Gov.Louisiana.Gov (Governor Edwards Webpage)


"Stay At Home" Order in Effect


 For All Non-Essential Workers

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.



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The Weekend Round Up

A Special Devoted To The Coronavirus

Updated 4/03/20




News for Thursday April 9th, 2020


DHH Numbers yesterday show the state now has just over 17,000 COVID-19 cases, and a total of 652 fatalities, That’s up 70 from Tuesday.  State health officials are encouraged to see the number of COVID-19 patients who require ventilation has gone down, four days in a row.


The state has now received funding from the CARES Act to pay additional unemployment benefits. Those will now include an additional $600/weekly through July and will cover gig workers, 1099 workers, and the self-employed.


Here in Rapides Parish school officials say they will be contacting High School seniors and their families individually and given an update on final grades and what that means for the students graduation process.


Senator John Kennedy anticipates Congress will authorize additional funding for a Small Business Administration loan program designed to prop up companies during the coronavirus shutdown.


The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Farm Bureau are surveying crawfish producers to determine the economic damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak.


A Louisiana Oil and Gas Association survey projects more than 23-thousand jobs in the industry are at immediate risk.


Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says he expects other car insurers in Louisiana to follow Allstate’s lead and offer rebates to customers for premiums paid during the stay at home order.


The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in an unprecedented dilemma for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations during one of the holiest times of the year.


A team from LSU is creating personal protective equipment for healthcare workers including much needed masks and gowns.


Authorities in Ville Platte yesterday reported multiple arrests made in connection with a string of nearly 30 burglaries between January and the end of March.


The question is being asked more and more, will there be a college football season in the fall. College football insider Brett McMurphy at the Stadium Network has surveyed the 130 F-B-S athletic directors and he believes the best option is a football season starting next spring.


The Saints' Drew Brees told Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday that the "American people need sports right now." Brees was joined by his wife Brittany on Wednesday's show and pointed out that sports are often coping mechanisms people use in difficult times, something that they cannot lean on during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Concert & Entertainment Calendar

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

Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601

Sat, Apr 11, 8:00 PM

Mark Chesnutt (21+ Event)

Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601

Fri, Apr 17, 8:30 PM

Boyz II Men (21+ Event)

Golden Nugget - Lake Charles

2550 Golden Nugget Blvd
Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70601

Sat, Apr 18, 8:00 PM

The Beach Boys

Rapides Coliseum

5600 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, Louisiana, 71303

Thu, Apr 23, 7:30 PM

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