As of Friday, July 31, at 12 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Health reported 128,746 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began, an increase of 1,500 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, 10,637 were in New Orleans.

According to state data, 89,083 people are presumed to have recovered from the disease.

At least 4,089 people statewide have died, including at least 562 in New Orleans. The state reports that at least 1,505,002 tests have been performed to date at the state lab and private labs.

Of confirmed statewide cases, 1,406 people are in hospitals, and 207 of those people are on ventilators. In the New Orleans area, 23 percent of ventilators, 63 percent of ICU beds and 68 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.

Latest News

See The Lens’ full coverage. The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate’s coronavirus coverage is available here. Listen to WWNO’s livestream. Latest news from Gambit is here. Follow breaking updates with live video at WWL-TV, WDSU, Fox 8 and WGNO.

Statewide restrictions in place (Updated Friday, Aug. 7)

Due to rising case counts during the state’s reopening Gov. John Bel Edwards has decided not to move the state into the third phase of reopening. On Thursday, June 25, Edwards extended phase two guidelines for the state to July 24.

He has extended it twice since. It is now in effect until August 28.

Edwards placed further restrictions on businesses and gathering sizes, effective Monday, July 13. Among the additional restrictions:

  • Bars can open for takeout and delivery service only. On-premises consumption is no longer allowed.
  • Face coverings are required statewide for anyone entering businesses or other public buildings.
  • Social gatherings are limited to 50 people. This limit does not apply to essential businesses or several categories of businesses allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity under previous guidelines.

In phase two, many businesses and other establishments are limited to 50 percent of their normal capacity, including the following:

  • Houses of worship
  • Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
  • Shopping malls
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Barber and beauty shops,  and nail salons
  • Movie theaters
  • Racetracks (not open to spectators)
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)

More details on Edwards’ new restrictions, effective Monday, July 13.

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

  • Bars cannot open for on-premises or takeout service.
  • All businesses must register with the state Fire Marshal to operate.
  • All customers and employees must wear face masks while inside businesses, except when eating.
  • 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

  • On March 13, the First and Second City Courts in New Orleans suspended residential evictions through April 24. That was later extended. But the eviction moratorium expired on June 15. Report illegal evictions by calling 311. 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.
  • Attorneys for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders office are now working remotely. The physical office has been closed. If you need to contact your public defender, you can leave a message at (504) 821-8101. If you have immediate legal needs and need to speak with a lawyer right away, they have set up a hotline at (702) 670-1193 that will be answered by an attorney every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Louisiana Department of Education is opening its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to critical personnel. Families can apply for subsidized childcare assistance for children 12 and under.

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...