As of noon (12:00 PM) today, there were 1,795 reported cases in Louisiana and 65 reported deaths.  491 hospitalized COVID-19 cases. The primary lines of effort remain unchanged:

  1. flatten the curve by limiting exposure
  2. continue to surge medical capacity to prevent our hospital systems from being overwhelmed.

Governor Edwards stressed today that there is no evidence that the curve is flattening yet and the coming days will tell if we acted quickly enough. The Governor’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to the federal government was approved today allowing for additional federal support for state and local agencies.

CYBER ALERT. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) released a Cyber Risk Management message (see attached) detailing the increase in phishing and malware campaigns exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. These campaigns are being used for financial gain through blackmail, ransomware, or payment redirection fraud. Additionally, state actors have launched disinformation campaigns to incite fear and panic.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Organizations. Our state economic development organizations continue to lead public sector information dissemination and stand-up of programs to support employers and employees. Today we highlight One Acadiana’s efforts

Common cold, Flu, or Coronavirus? Ochsner Baton Rouge provides a break out of symptoms to differentiate between the cold, allergies, or something more serious.

DHS CISA Daily Key Points

  • American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations.
  • The White House coronavirus response coordinator stated anyone who recently left New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • As of this morning, 18 states had issued “Stay at Home” orders affecting 158 million Americans.

Vendor Calls / Doing Business with the State (REPEAT ENTRY).Calls from vendors/sales staff direct to the State EOC/Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are directly impacting the ability to respond to the crisis. Vendors/Sales wishing to do business with the state should register here. The Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network will automatically send email for specific commodity needs.

Thank you again for your great support! Stay healthy!


Chris J. DeGuelle 
LABEOC Director 
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