Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

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 is open 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

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.

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



Gov. Edwards and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell on the COVID-19 Vaccine.

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

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

Accessible Resources on COVID-19

COVID-19 Accessible Resources

The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI), has created COVID-19 resources in alternative formats based upon CDC's guidance. Here are the titles for six of 15 documents available:
  1. Symptoms of Coronavirus
  2. Test for Current Infection
  3. How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Mask
  4. What You Should Know About COVID-19 to Protect Yourself and Others
  5. Information for People with Disabilities
  6. Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals

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