As of Friday, Sept. 18, at 12 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Health reported 160,283 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, an increase of 976 cases since Thursday. (Note: Day to day changes in confirmed case counts reflect state reported data, which do not include information on when tests were administered.)

Of those, 12,287 were in New Orleans.

According to state data, 145,570 people are presumed to have recovered from the disease.

At least 5,172 people statewide have died, including at least 585 in New Orleans. The state reports that at least 2,145,947 tests have been performed to date at the state lab and private labs.

Of confirmed statewide cases, 647 people are in hospitals, and 104 of those people are on ventilators. In the New Orleans area, 23 percent of ventilators, 74 percent of ICU beds and 69 percent of overall hospital beds were reported as being in use on Friday.

The Louisiana Department of Health’s coronavirus page includes a map showing where infections are being reported. It is updated daily.

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Statewide restrictions in place (Updated Thursday, Sept. 18)

The state of Louisiana entered phase three of its reopening on Sept. 11. The phase three order is in effect through Oct. 8.

He has extended it repeatedly since. It is now in effect until Sept. 11.

  • In parishes with an average two-week testing positivity rate above 5 percent, bars can open for takeout and delivery service only. In parishes with an average two-week positivity rate of 5 percent or under, bars may open for on-premises consumption at 25 percent of their usual capacity, pending approval of local governing authorities. (The city of New Orleans is eligible but has not opted in.)
  • Face coverings are still required statewide for anyone entering businesses or other public buildings.
  • Indoor social gatherings are limited to the lesser of 250 people or 50 percent of venue capacity.
  • Sporting events are limited to 25 percent capacity. Alcohol sales will not be allowed.

Most other businesses can operate at 75 percent capacity.

Read Edwards’ phase three order.

Additional restrictions in New Orleans (Updated Friday, Aug. 7)

  • The city of New Orleans remains in phase two.
  • Bars cannot open for on-premises or takeout service.
  • All businesses must register with the state Fire Marshal to operate.
  • Certain businesses, including restaurants with dine-in service and hair salons, must take customer reservations and retain customer records for 21 days.
  • Certain businesses prohibited from opening in phase one, such as casinos, may now reopen at reduced capacity.

See the city’s Safe Reopening page for more information.

Resources and basic needs

  • Court-ordered evictions in the city of New Orleans have been suspended until early October. Landlord-tenant legal assistance is available from Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Visit their website or call (504) 529-1000. The Fair Housing Action Center is also taking housing discrimination complaints by phone at (504) 596-2100 or (877) 445-2100.
  • If you are a healthcare worker in need of personal protective equipment or other supplies, call the state supply hotline at 225-325-5900, seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information from the Louisiana Department of Health.
  • The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, Entergy, Cox and most major internet and wireless service providers have suspended service shutoffs. Some are offering temporary free service, including Cox and AT&T.
  • The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is offering grants of up to $500 to restaurant, bar or hotel employees whose individual incomes are at or below $30,000 per year or those with children whose household incomes are at or below $61,000 per year.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank locations can be found by dialing 211.
  • The NOLA Public Schools district has a map of pickup locations for breakfast, lunch and after-school meals for local students who are out of school.
  • SAMHSA distress helpline: 1-800-985-5990. Details on other mental health services at NOLA Ready.
  • Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) 24-hour hotline: 1-855-435-STAR.
  • Virtual Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
  • Catholic Charities can assist with completing SNAP applications/re-certifications, Medicaid applications and help with benefit enrollment checkups. Call Mary Smith: Office (504) 861-6360, cell (504) 605-9248 or Doug Kariker: Office (504) 310-6909, cell (504) 260-6443.

New Orleans’ One Stop Shop public portal is open

From the Mayor’s Office: Certain types of permits and licenses may once again be applied for on the One Stop App public portal. Link here: http://onestopapp.nola.gov.

These include building permits, sign permits, trade permits (including electrical and mechanical permits), and some permits related to streets and sidewalks.These permits, as well as other permit and license types, may still be applied for by email at the following addresses:

Payments for all permit and license types remain online through the One Stop App. If you have questions about filing applications or making payments online, check http://nola.gov/onestop/help-with-the-one-stop-app/. Any additional questions can also be sent to the listed email addresses or you can call One Stop at (504) 658-7125.

More resources from state govt.

The National Emergency Library

From The Internet Archive: “During this unprecedented time in history, access to printed books is becoming difficult or impossible. COVID-19 is forcing students, educators, and everyday readers to rely on digital books more than ever before. That’s why the Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing you to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in our lending library. Until June 30th or the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone—creating, in effect, a National Emergency Library.”

How to help

We will be updating this page and posting additional resources. Email suggestions to cmaldonado@thelensnola.org with the subject line “Coronavirus guide.”

Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado is the editor of The Lens. He previously worked as The Lens' government accountability reporter, covering local politics and criminal justice. Prior to joining The Lens, he worked for...