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A GUIDE during the COVID-19 Situation: Stay Informed

REGULARLY UPDATED! A clearinghouse for information, and links to updated information, from reliable government and university sources

Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions are still in force in Louisiana: "wear your mask; keep socially distanced...wash your hands," says Gov. Edwards. “Some in Louisiana may be done with COVID, but I promise you that COVID is not yet done with Louisiana...We all need to do a better job" to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and new infections.

"Everyone shall wear a mask or face covering outside of their home...in any building or space open to the public," indoors and outdoors,  including public transportation.

Although the death rate remains low, the number of reported cases in Natchitoches Parish has topped 700 and is still increasing rapidly. To reduce this number: wear a mask in public; keep six feet away from other people; stay home when possible; be practical and cautious.  What Do These Numbers Mean for Me?

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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.

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.

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.