Public Health

March 12, 2020
Louisiana’s statewide 211 network is now answering calls about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This network is best designed and staffed to handle the large volume of calls from Louisiana residents who are concerned and who have questions about the rapidly-spreading virus.
March 12, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH/OPH), pursuant to the emergency rulemaking authority granted by R.S. 40:4(A)(13), hereby adopts the following Emergency Rule for the protection of public health. This Emergency Rule is promulgated specifically in accordance with R.S. 49:953(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (R.S. 49:950, et seq .). The LDH/OPH expressly finds that an imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare requires adoption of this rule on an emergency basis.
March 11, 2020
Following a meeting of the Unified Command Group today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a Public Health emergency in Louisiana related to COVID-19.
March 10, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Health reported on Tuesday evening three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. All three are residents of Orleans Parish. Two are hospitalized in Orleans Parish; the third is hospitalized in St. Tammany Parish.
March 10, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Health reported two new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. Both are residents of and hospitalized in Orleans Parish. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state’s first presumptive positive case, a Jefferson Parish resident, on Monday, March 9.
March 09, 2020
The Louisiana Department of Health has reported Louisiana’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, a Jefferson Parish resident who is hospitalized in Orleans Parish, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. At this time, there is only one known case of the illness in the state.
March 06, 2020
While testing LDH's capability to provide vaccines or antiviral drugs to people around the state in the event of an emergency, health officials got creative in central Louisiana last fall with drive-thru flu shot clinics.
February 21, 2020
Dr. Frank Welch, medical director for emergency preparedness at the Louisiana Department of Health, directs and coordinates all aspects of infectious disease planning and response activities for Louisiana. We asked Dr. Welch about the planning and response to COVID-19 at a time when Dr. Welch’s team was also responding to five concurrent outbreaks of infectious diseases: seasonal flu, hepatitis A, mumps, norovirus and chicken pox.
February 14, 2020
By now, you’ve heard all about it online, in the newspapers and on television. With so many sources of information, it can be easy for falsehoods to spread like wildfire and be taken for the gospel truth.
February 07, 2020
It’s Louisiana, and it’s February. You know what that means: laissez les bon temps rouler. When you’re reaching your hands to the sky on those Mardi Gras parade routes, which would you rather catch: those prized throws and beads … or the flu?