All Louisianians 16 and older may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Several vaccines for COVID-19 are being distributed. Stay up to date by reading the La. Dept. of Health website, the Natchitoches Parish Journal, or other news outlets. (This Guide and the Nursing and Allied Health LibGuide include many links to reliable information.) But 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.
Good news! Louisiana has progressed in its efforts against COVID, so Gov. Edwards has moved the state into Stage 3 restrictions. However, people should continue to wear masks, keep physical distance, and get vaccinated. The state Department of Health reports slightly over 3,000 COVID-19 cases in Natchitoches Parish. More than 70 people have died from the disease, but no new cases or deaths have been reported here recently.
One year into the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Northwest Louisiana remembers how it started and how they lived through 2020. 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.
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