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A GUIDE during the COVID-19 Situation: Up to Date


               In 2021, COVID-19 is an increasingly serious public health problem. Louisiana is back to modified Phase 2 restrictions, including face covering and more physical distancing.

     Vaccines for COVID-19 are beginning to be distributed. This process is still being developed, and information about it is likely to change. The Nursing and Allied Health LibGuide has many links to reliable information. Stay up to date by reading about it on the La. Dept. of Health website, in the Natchitoches Parish Journal, or in other news outlets. Do not believe everything you see on social media or websites of dubious reliability. For more about how to evaluate online sources, see the Information Literacy LibGuide.

Dr. Joe Kanter, the head of the coronavirus response at the Louisiana Department of Health, said "there is still a lot of COVID circulating in Louisiana" and asked residents to follow the state’s rules on masks and social distancing.

LDH reports more than  2750 positive cases in Natchitoches Parish. More than 65 people have died from the disease.  Help reduce this number: wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public; keep six feet away from other people; stay home when possible; be practical and cautious, especially after the holidays. Charts in this article illustrate the third coronavirus surge.

              Read the latest on northwest Louisiana in the Natchitoches Times and the Shreveport Times. For statewide coverage, here's the Baton Rouge/New Orleans Advocate.


Beware of rumors, panic, unsupported social media information, and other dangerous responses to the current situation. Use reliable sources for information: libraries, the University, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the coronavirus/COVID-19 site from Johns Hopkins University, and other sources you can be sure are current, reliable, accurate, authoritative, and not biased.

As more is learned about the novel coronavirus, some definitions and recommendations may change. Here is a rumor-control list from FEMA.

NewsGuard published a list of websites which have reported false or misleading information about coronavirus and COVID-19.

Stay up to date with NSU's return-to-campus plan.

Here is Northwestern State University's graduation page for the December 2020 ceremonies.

Results from an LSU Survey of Public Reaction to Coronavirus in Louisiana, May 5, 2020: more than three-quarters supported the stay-at-home order and are staying at home.

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