Louisiana Department of Health Updates for 4/9/2020

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.

Guidance for the Public

Louisiana health officials are advising the public to practice social distancing by not gathering with groups larger than 10 people. Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. This virus will impact every parish and community in our state. Take precautions to defend against COVID-19.

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.

Visit http://www.coronavirus.gov to learn more.

Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7
Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential


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