With Coronavirus sweeping the globe, it’s definitely a scary time for all of us. Families are preparing for the worst, everyone seems to be analyzing everyone else’s coughs and sneezes, and schools and events are shutting down across the country in an effort to control the spread of the virus. Today, President Trump announced that America is under a national state of emergency until the virus has been controlled and possibly eradicated. As for our home state of Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared that all public schools K-12 and daycares are to be closed as of today until April 13th and public gatherings of 250 people or more will also be postponed until April 13th. Gov. Edwards also planned to postpone the presidential primary until June. According to the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, there are 36 presumptive cases in Louisiana but none have been officially confirmed by the CDC and there have been no deaths in Louisiana. Most of the presumptive cases are in South Louisiana with the most coming from Orleans Parish.
Stores across the country are limiting the purchases of paper products, such as paper towels and toilet paper, as well as cases of water so that more customers will have the opportunity to stock up. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, recently released a list of approved coronavirus disinfectants that will help citizens remain as healthy as possible. The list includes Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach, Clorox Disinfection Bathroom Cleaner, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist, and Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes. Some tips for staying healthy during this time are washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water, staying away from others that are sick, coughing/sneezing into your arm or elbow, and keeping your hands/fingers out of your mouth, face, nose, and eyes.
Other Closures in the ArkLaTex:
Schools & Universities
City & Parish/County Services