Call 211 for questions pertaining to COVID-19.
Text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211, email LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov, or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578)
File an unemployment claim at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling their Claim Center at 866-783-5567.
“Keeping Calm during COVID” Phone Line – 1-866-310-7977. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.
Please continue to use NOLA Ready and sign up for text alerts by texting COVIDNOLA to 888777.
Call 311 if you are self-quarantined so the City of New Orleans can track cases and provide support as needed.
Louisiana 211 is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure citizens have access to current and accurate information on COVID-19. Dial 211 for immediate answers to your questions. You can also receive text updates by texting LACOVID to 898-211.
The Louisiana Department of Health has the latest updates on COVID-19 in our state.
To find the Second Harvest food pantry nearest you, dial 211 for assistance.
Every Monday through Friday, NOLA Tree Project is distributing free hot meals for pick up at 1509 Filmore Ave. If you are elderly or homebound and in need of delivery, please contact Connie Udo at email@example.com.
City and state leaders are actively working to move paperwork forward with Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. We are waiting for updates at the federal level for those funds to be activated and will keep you updated.
If you show symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please call your primary care physician and/or 211. Do NOT go to the doctor's office unless instructed to do so.
If you do not have a primary care physician, call the Louisiana Department of Health hotline at 1 (855) 523-2652.
The United Way has committed $100k to the greater New Orleans Foundation Disaster Response and Restoration fund to help grow the coordinated regional response to COVID-19, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support to nonprofits throughout the region that serve the most vulnerable of our citizens. If you are in a position to help, I encourage you to donate here to support this and future work by the United Way.
Please also consider contributing to Second Harvest Food Bank as they work to meet the food needs of South Louisiana. You can find a full list of their needs here.
If you’d like to support local restaurants, d’livery NOLA has waived all delivery fees for March and features only local restaurants who present their menus without hidden markups or user fees.
The New Orleans Menu has revived their list of New Orleans restaurants and their take out and delivery options listed by neighborhood.
LCMC Visitor Policy: Please visit this link to view a revised policy in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In short, LCMC is significantly limiting visitors to “essential”, who are then screened and wear a mask upon entry. At Woldenberg Village and Hainkel Home nursing homes, visitation is prohibited entirely except in end of life situations.
LCMC Drive Through Screening: West Jefferson Medical Center has implemented drive through screening in a tent adjacent to the hospital. More information about that process can be found here.
LCMC Expanded Testing: The urgent care center on Clearview Parkway is equipped with on site testing.
LCMC Virtual Care for Kids: Children’s Hospital continues to encourage use of their telehealth platform. More information can be found here.
LCMC Employees: For those who are not clinical, LCMC is implementing a work from home policy where applicable.
LCMC Outpatient Elective Surgeries: LCMC is currently assessing and may reschedule some elective surgeries. More information will be shared once this is determined.
Ochsner Health COVID-19 Web Page: For latest information from Ochsner Health regarding COVID-19, visit this page. If you develop these symptoms or have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19, call the Ochsner COVID-19 Info Line, our free nurse care line: 1-844-888-2772.
Modified Services at Ochsner Urgent Care Locations: If you are experiencing mild or severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and risk of exposure to COVID-19, our staff at the following locations are available to see you:
Ochsner Health Updated Visitor Policy: Ochsner currently has a zero-visitor policy with limited exceptions defined by the state. Please view the policy to see if you qualify for visitation.
Ochsner Blood Bank: Ochsner is in urgent need of blood donations. For more information about where and when to donate, click here.
Ochsner Virtual Care: See a provider from home with an Ochsner Anywhere Care virtual visit. Click here.
Message Your Provider through MyOchsner: Message your provider with questions through MyOchsner. Click here.
Other Ochsner Resources:
Ochsner Q&A Sessions: Click here to watch the latest Q&A session on questions about the coronavirus with Dr. Robert Hart and Dr. Katherine Baumgarten. Tune in Fridays at noon for weekly Facebook Lives with the latest updates.
I urge you to please follow the instructions of city and state officials, practice social distancing, stay home if you can, and check in by phone or text with your elderly and at-risk family and neighbors. I have seen the kindness and strength of our community, and together we can make safe choices to slow the spread of this virus.
I continue to pray for your safety and well-being. Please keep all of the doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals in your prayers, too. They are on the front-lines of this pandemic and are here to serve our most vulnerable citizens.