COVID-19

107 pharmacies in 51 parishes will start receiving COVID vaccine today

Starting today, Louisiana will begin receiving the first very limited doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that will be available at 107 pharmacies across the state.

The vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier One:
• People who are 70 years of age and above;
• Home health services patients and staff;
• Ambulatory/outpatient health care personnel;
• Residents, students and staff of schools of allied health; and
• People being treated for end stage renal disease (patients on dialysis).

LDH has published the list of participating pharmacies, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.

The full press release can be read here.

Louisiana adopts CDC guidance allowing shortened COVID quarantine, while stressing the risk

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today adopts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently updated guidance that allows people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, or as few as 7 days with a negative test.

Still, the shorter quarantine periods do come with a risk that a person may be infectious when he or she leaves quarantine, and should be carefully evaluated when weighing options.

The full news release can be read HERE on the Louisiana Department of Health website.

LSU Health Researchers Conduct Study on COVID and Neighborhood Deprivation

LSU Health researchers used ADI (Area Deprivation Index) to study the relationship between poverty and COVID in Louisiana, finding that people in deprived neighborhoods had as much as a 40% increased risk of COVID-19 compared to people in less deprived neighborhoods, in an article published last week.

The research was taken on to find answers about Louisiana’s high per capita rate of COVID this past summer, with highest COVID rates among African Americans.

The authors explain that risk factors “exist not only at the individual or biological level; neighborhood-level factors and their interactions with individual-level factors are also responsible for the observed disparities. Lack of access to health care, unemployment, less education, and poor housing conditions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 infection.”

The authors hope the study can be “utilized to promote public health preventions measures besides social distancing, wearing a mask while in public and frequent handwashing in vulnerable neighborhoods with greater deprivation.”

You can read the article and see the findings at PLOS ONE. The LSUHSC Newsroom has also published a piece on the article.

SPH First Fridays: COVID19 & Why Epidemiology Matters

The LSUHSC School of Public Health hosts virtual lectures via Zoom on the first Friday of the month at 3pm.

In June the lecture will be: COVID19 and Why Epidemiology Matters, presented by Susanne Straif-Bourgeois with special guest Megan Sutton.

“On June 5, we’ll introduce you to Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois.  A noted epidemiologist, she has been an often sought guest on television and radio for her take on the COVID 19 crisis.  Dr. Straif-Bourgeois will be speaking about what her experience with the current pandemic has taught her about the importance of epidemiology in general and how that shapes the future of Public Health from here on out.

We’ll also speak with Meagan Sutton, a recent MPH graduate from our school.   Megan has been using her epidemiology background to conduct routine surveillance and will continue to assist with projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Louisiana Department of Health.”

COVID-19: Acetaminophen not Ibuprofen

The British Medical Journal released a news item today, confirming the French Government’s assertion that ibuprofen seems to exacerbate the symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Website from LDH – Office of Public Health

For the latest accurate information, the Louisiana Department of HealthOffice of Public Health is maintaining a COVID-19 website.

It is updated 2x per day at 9:30am and 5:30pm.

Questions about COVID-19 now being answered by Louisiana 211 statewide network

Louisiana’s statewide 211 network is now answering calls about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This network is best designed and staffed to handle the large volume of calls from Louisiana residents who are concerned and who have questions about the rapidly-spreading virus.

Anyone looking for information about the COVID-19 outbreak can simply dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.

More information is available on the Louisiana Department of Health website.