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Emergency Preparedness Information: Pandemics [2020]

Louisiana: Stay at Home Order

March 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.

Press Release March 22

Gov. Edwards Thanks Healthcare Workers and Releases New PSA Urging Louisianans to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Press Release March 21

Child care assistance available for essential employees

Report and link to form from WAFB

Governor's Official Page with all news releases and official proclamations

Included on this page are the following proclamations and other information
  • ICYMI: Gov. Edwards' COVID-19 Major Disaster Declaration Request Approved by President Trump
  • Request for Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana to Combat the Spread of COVID-19
  • 34 JBE 2020 State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency
  • Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana
  • 33 JBE 2020 Additional Measures for COVID 19
  • 32 JBE 2020 Public Health Emergency
  • Gov. Edwards Updates Public Health Emergency to Waive Education Requirements, Speed Laboratory Testing

National Emergency Library Announced

Direct Link

Louisiana Public Library Status Information

Louisiana Library Status Blog (updated by the libraries)

If you are a public library in the affected areas, please log in and ensure that your status is accurate.


Expanded State Library Services

The State Library is pleased to share that has expanded their live tutoring hours for HomeworkLouisiana to provide additional support for students in our communities impacted by COVID-19.
The new Louisiana one-to-one live tutoring hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Saturday and Sunday live tutoring hours will continue as 2 pm to midnight as usual. These expanded hours will continue until May 31, 2020.
As a quick reminder, the HomeworkLouisiana landing page is  The additional resources page is

Coronavirus-Impacted Libraries Get Unlimited Access to Ebook Central Holdings: ProQuest has partnered with more than 100 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.

Current Data

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



Coronovirus (COVID-19) disease and response

The State Library will be closed to the public March 18 through March 31.
Telephone and email assistance will be available.

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.

Disposal of Cleaning Items

Handwashing & Cleaning

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 Libraries & Schools

Disinfecting circulating books - advice from the Northeast Document Conservation Center
Serving Library Users During Quarantine - from Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC)
COVID-19 Resource Center - information and links from Gale
Coronavirus Information and Resources 2020 - from School Library Systems Association of NY
Keep Americans Connected Pledge - from the FCC
Pandemic Preparedness - Links and advice from the American Library Association
Pandemics: Library Planning and Responding - Links from Library 2.0
What Public Libraries Need to Know about the Coronavirus - from Library Journal 2/5/2020
Resources for Libraries on Coronavirus - from EveryLibrary
4 Resources on Coronavirus for K–12 Schools - from THE Journal
Tool Kit (Resources) - from the District of Columbia - flyers and posters in multiple languages
A Guide to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) for Public Libraries - from NIH/NNLM [National Institutes of Health/National Network of Libraries of Medicine]
Coronavirus Resources for Librarians - from the Massachusetts Library System
How Wikipedia Prevents the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation - from Wired

Preservation Links
NEDCC's 24/7 Emergency Hotline remains fully staffed and available.
NEDCC's Free Resources, including the new Digital Preservation Assessment publications, Preservation Leaflets, Preservation 101 Textbook, and Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation Textbook

Sample Library Blog Post/Announcement:
Greenwich Library (CT) 
Sample Library Emergency Response Protocol/Policy:
Saratoga Springs Public Library (NY)

Libraries and Copyright

Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators - School Library Journal
Guidelines from some publishers of children's books on copyright - compiled by author Kate Messner
Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research
Virtual Copyright Office Hours - Times when copyright experts will be available for consultation
COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I) - Kyle Courtney's Blog

Privacy concerns
What You Should Know About Online Tools During the COVID-19 Crisis - from the Electronic Frontier Foundations

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

Guidance for libraries from other State Library Administrative Agencies

COVID-19: Information for Oregon Libraries:

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Librarians [Texas]:

State Office Closures

All Louisiana State Parks and State Historic Sites Temporarily Close to the Public

All buildings and overnight facilities at Louisiana State Parks are temporarily closed, as are all buildings at all state historic sites. Office of State Parks

WAFB is reporting that all OMV Locations will be closed starting 3/20.

[Link will be replaced with official link when found.]

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

Louisiana Info

List of student feeding locations amid coronavirus closures - from The Advocate - 3/23/2020
Gov. Edwards Leads Live Statewide Broadcast on Louisiana’s Response to COVID-19 - Monday March 23
Gov. Edwards Updates Public Health Emergency to Waive Education Requirements, Speed Laboratory Testing
Emergency 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 
Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible for COVID-19 Business Aid
Gov. Edwards Requests Temporary Changes to SNAP, CDBG, HUD and FEMA Programs in Response to COVID-19
Gov. Edwards Announces LA Wallet Will Waive Fee in Response to COVID-19
Governor Edwards Forms COVID-19 Task Force

For Businesses

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

Language Learning - Coronavirus

On March 12, 2020, Pronunciator published a self-directed online language course in 101 languages that teaches vocabulary (e.g. “quarantine,” “pandemic,” etc.) and phrases (e.g. “I’m having difficulty breathing,” “Is it an emergency?”, etc.) relevant to the coronavirus crisis. Directions on finding the coronavirus information is here:
Pronunciator can be found on the LaLIBCON page of Databases:
Or here:

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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