As of Wednesday, May 27, at 12 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Health reported 38,497 positive tests for the new coronavirus, an increase of 443 since Tuesday. Of those, 7,045 were in New Orleans. (Note: Day to day changes in confirmed case counts reflect state reported data, which do not include information on when tests were administered.)
According to state data, 28,700 people are presumed to have recovered from the disease.
At least 2,617 people statewide have died, including at least 506 in New Orleans. The state reports that at least 347,647 tests have been performed to date at the state lab and private labs.
Of confirmed statewide cases, 798 people are in hospitals, and 100 of those people are on ventilators. In the New Orleans area, 19 percent of ventilators, 51 percent of ICU beds and 66 percent of overall hospital beds were reported as being in use on Wednesday.
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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- Federal judges order 14 ICE detainees released over COVID-19 concerns
- Suspected child abuse reports drop by half during COVID-19 school closure, indicating potential underreporting, experts say
- City Council puts moratorium on electricity shutoffs until July and proposes $22 million bill assistance program
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Statewide restrictions in place (Updated Sunday, May 17)
Gov. John Bel Edwards has lifted his stay at home order, effective May 15. The following businesses can now reopen at 25 percent capacity:
- 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)
- Bars and breweries with state food permits
Additional restrictions in New Orleans (Updated Sunday, May 17)
- 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.
- Casinos will not be allowed to reopen in phase one in New Orleans.
- Houses of worship are limited to 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
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 has since been extended through at least the end of Edwards’ current phase one emergency order in early June. 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:
- Building Permit Applications: email@example.com
- Short Term Rental Applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alcohol Permit Applications: email@example.com
- Ground Transportation Permit Applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Business License Applications: email@example.com
- Trade License Applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Louisiana 211 Network – Dial 211 to answer questions about coronavirus.
- State Health Dept.’s COVID Toll-Free Hotline: 1-866-310-7977 (24/7, counselors available, all calls confidential)
- La. Dept. of Insurance: www.ldi.louisiana.gov/consumers/insurance-type/healthinsurance/covid-19
- NEW from Insurance Dept.: “Donelon Authorizes Emergency Rule 36 to Address Statewide Public Health Threat“
- Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS): DCFS.louisiana.gov
- SNAP benefits: 1-888-524-3578, text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211
- La. Dept. of Education: https://louisianabelieves.com/resources/covid-19
- La. Workforce Commission: laworks.net
- Unemployment Insurance Claim Center: 1-866-783-5567
- Louisiana Dept. of Revenue: revenue.louisiana.gov
- Louisiana Economic Development-Resources for impacted businesses: www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid-19-assistance
- State Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV): www.expresslane.org
- Office closures and service limitations – offices.omv.la.gov
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
- Donate: NOLA Virtual Tip Jar. A spreadsheet listing Venmo accounts for local service industry workers.
- Donate: Supplies for Saints is coordinating donations of personal protective equipment — such as surgical masks, gloves and gowns — to local hospitals.
- Donate: The city of New Orleans has set up personal protective equipment dropboxes for first responders. Accepted items: Masks (surgical, P100, N95), gloves (latex or nitrile), disposable medical gowns, goggles and face shields. The boxes are located at Engine house 16 at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Engine house 21 at 3940 Paris Ave. and Engine house 27 at 2118 Elysian Fields Ave. For donations larger than what could fit in a drop box, contact email@example.com.
- Donate: The United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund.
- Donate: New Orleans Business Alliance gig economy worker relief fund.
- Donate: Greater New Orleans Foundation Disaster Response and Restoration Fund.
- Donate: The Blood Center.
We will be updating this page and posting additional resources. Email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Coronavirus guide.”