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

Coronovirus (COVID-19) disease and response

The State Library will be closed to the public March 18 through April 30.
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.

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



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
  • Gov. Edwards Announces New Text Alert System to Provide Timely COVID-19 Updates
  • Stay at Home Order
  • 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
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 Sites
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
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

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