LABEOC Update - 5/11/2020

LABEOC Update - 11 May 2020

As of 12:00pm (noon) today there were 31,815 COVID-19 cases reporting in the state of Louisiana with 1,310 patients in hospitals (157 require ventilator). There have been 2,242 reported deaths. All Louisiana data is available at

Louisiana COVID-19 response strategic imperatives:Prevent spread of the virus, surge testing capacity, and surge contact tracing capability.

Exchange Markets for COVID-19 Protective Equipment (B2B Only, not intended for government sales).

COVID-19 impact on Louisiana budget becomes clearer today. The extent of how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has ravaged Louisiana's government finances starts to come into focus today, when the state income forecasting panel tries to put the first official number on the budget problem. Estimates set by the Revenue Estimating Conference will be used to craft next year's budget and determine if any cuts are needed before the current year budget ends June 30.

Big tech companies, including Facebook, Apple and Google, are telling their employees to stay home longer. Other businesses should consider making it a more permanent option for employees, too, because remote work can boost productivity by focusing on outcome rather than activity, widen the talent pool to beyond a physical area and boost worker satisfaction, Inc. reports.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health on Friday outlined a plan for COVID-19 testing and tracking that would hire as many as 700 Louisianans to serve as "contact tracers," interviewing and advising people who have tested positive to determine who in their lives could also be at risk. This week, LDH signed a contract with Accenture and Salesforce to manage Louisiana's contact tracing process, using two Louisiana-based call centers with 100 percent Louisiana agents.

COVID-19 AND LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORT. LABEOC partner, US Ignite, will present an online discussion with experts supporting local and small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. This virtual event from the Smart Gigabit Communities team is part of a series that gives participants a chance to hear directly from experts, and to discover critical technology, organizational, and funding resources for dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Register here:  Join us on Zoom - When: Thursday, May 14th @ 3:00 pm Eastern

Resilient Louisiana Commission. For information on Commission and Task Force meetings, meeting minutes, and more visit:

As always THANK YOU for your TREMENDOUS support of Louisiana.


Chris J. DeGuelle 
LABEOC Director

The LA BEOC is designed and developed by the NIMSAT Institute under the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)

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