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A GUIDE during the COVID-19 Situation: Stay Informed


Damage from Hurricane Delta was, thankfully, much less in northwestern Louisiana after Hurricane Laura. Most, but not all, areas have power. Don't let your guard down yet, though; hurricane season runs until November 30.   And Northwestern State University has reopened all campuses.

Reported positive cases in Natchitoches Parish jumped past 1350, though no more deaths have been reported this week. 26 people have died.
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. 

What Do These Numbers Mean for Me?

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.

Phase 3--mask-wearing and physical distancing still required.

"Some people don't want any restrictions, but that's just not responsible," says Gov. Edwards. "COVID is not yet done with Louisiana." Click for details about Phase 3.   Read the official proclamation here.


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.  A case in point: President Trump's recommendations of hydroxychloroquine and bleach.

Stay up to date with Northwestern State University's return -to-campus plan.

Here is Northwestern State University's virtual, online graduation ceremony page for May 2020 graduates.

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.