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Emergency Preparedness Information: COVID-19/Coronavirus [2020]

Coronovirus (COVID-19) disease and response

For Hurricane Information visit the Hurricane tab of our Emergency Preparedness Guide

The State Library of Louisiana will open for limited services effective Monday, June 8, 2020

Normal business hours: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

Services will be limited to computer use and retrieval of requested items.

Telephone and email assistance remain available, as well as WiFi access outside of the library.

You may call the Reference Desk at 225-342-4913 or email for assistance.


Information from the federal government about Coronovirus (COVID-19) - the disease, and federal government preparedness and response.

Louisiana Public Library Status Information

Louisiana Public Library Emergency Status Blog
(up to the minute)

Map: Louisiana Public Library WiFi & Other Services

Library Information

Information specifically aimed at library staff and for libraries has been moved to a separate tab in this guide.

Maps/Data Visualizations

Monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans and Louisiana
Interactive map is towards the bottom of the page
From LDH (Louisiana Department of Health)
Official data and graphics

Current Data

Louisiana Department of Health Reports More than 2,500 Additional COVID-19 Cases, Most from Testing by Commercial Labs

World Map of Coronavirus Cases - New York Times
     [Check the date and time stamp at the top of the page]

Map of US Coronavirus Cases - New York Times
     [Check the date and time stamp at the top of the page]

Pandemic Preparedness



Stay at Home Order - Status

Louisiana will move to Phase One under the White House COVID-19 guidance this Friday, May 15, which removes the Stay at Home order for Louisianans and allows additional businesses to open under strict occupancy, protection and social distancing guidelines.

News release

Gov. Edwards Extends Stay at Home Order Until May 15 to Continue Flattening the Curve and Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

April 27, 2020: Everyone in Louisiana should wear masks when in public; Next announcement will be May 11

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he will extend Louisiana’s Stay at Home order until May 15 to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Louisiana does not currently meet the White House criteria for entering Phase One of reopening.

School Closure

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation closing K-12 public schools in Louisiana to students until the end of the current school year, with students getting their education via remote learning, as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Full text of the order

Election Information

Today Gov. John Bel Edwards has postponed Louisiana’s elections, at the request of the Louisiana Secretary of State, because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

The June 20, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary election in Louisiana is rescheduled for July 11, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The July 25, 2020 election is rescheduled for August 15, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

News release


State Proclamations and other official information

Legal Guidance on COVID-19 from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor with all of the laws affected by COVID-19
Governor's Official Page contains all news releases and official proclamations
Included on this page are the following proclamations and other information
Other Louisiana Information
Child care assistance available for essential employees Report and link to form from WAFB
List of student feeding locations amid coronavirus closures - from The Advocate - 3/23/2020
Official Web SitesEmergency Web Site - State of Louisiana
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Louisiana Department of Health Web Site
Coronavirus Information - Office of the Governor
Louisiana Department of Education Info - includes policy guidance and information on waivers
Red Stick Ready - Coronavirus Info - City/Parish of Baton Rouge
Coronavirus Updates & Information - LSU
Louisiana State Civil Service

COVID-19/Coronavirus Info for Young People/Graphic Presentations

A LibGuide by State Library of Louisiana Staff
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
From the NPR web site
BrainPOP has a surprisingly entertaining, at time humorous, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.
Little Puddins Blog has a nice, English language "Coronavirus Social Story." 
LittlePuddins Blog
Kids Health has information on COVID-19 for children in English and  Spanish and available in audio.  Other sections of their website have information for parent.  
Kids Health form Nemours

Cultural Resource Preservation

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
was created to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, and is a partnership of 42 national service organizations and federal agencies. The agency has compiled a COVID-19 Resource Hub:
Top of the main page
Listings specifically for Libraries

Festival Cancellations

2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival canceled because of coronavirus from
Here Are All the Major Music Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus from Billboard

Info for Rural Areas

USDA Web Site for Coronavirus Information -

Legal Help

A toll-free civil legal help hotline is now available to low-income residents of southeast Louisiana impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have  a legal problem because of the COVID-19 Crisis, you can apply for free legal help by calling the SLLS COVID-19 Legal Aid Hotline: 1-844-244-7871
More information is available on the web site.
Additional information is available at Louisiana Law Help (a web site administered by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services).

Handwashing & Cleaning

Public Advised to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels Down Toilet – Throw Them Away Instead - from the California Water Environment Association
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives - from the CDC
How soap kills the coronavirus - from Vox
Coronavirus Fears Have Led To A Golden Age Of Hand-Washing PSAs - from NPR 
[includes the "the hand-washing dance"]
You Might Be Buying a Hand Sanitizer That Won’t Work for Coronavirus - from Pro Publica
How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 survive on surfaces?
From Harvard Medical School:
New England Journal of Medicine:

Informacion en Espanol

Influenza (gripe)
Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades [CDC]
Biblioteca Conrado F. Asenjo, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de los EE. UU.
COVID19 Actualización 22 de Marzo
YouTube video en Espanol

For Businesses

Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program: The purpose of the LPGP is to provide loans to Louisiana small businesses in response to COVID-19. It is a partnership of Louisiana Economic Development (LED); the Louisiana Bankers Association (LBA); and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA).
Baton Rouge Area Chamber - COVID-19 Business Resources
Coronavirus Resource Page - from the US Chamber of Commerce
Disaster Preparedness and Response - from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC)
Pandemic Preparedness in The Workplace And The Americans With Disabilities Act - guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
COVID-19 - from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), US Department of Labor
Gov. Edwards Requests SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Orleans and Jefferson Parish
Archive of business-related COVID-19/coronavirus stories by Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Free and Low-Cost Internet Plans

A list of options compiled by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance - for individuals

Find Low-Cost Internet Service and Computers in Your Area - Everyoneon