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LABEOC Update - 4/20/2020

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LABEOC Update - 20 April 2020

As of noon (12:00 PM) today, Louisiana has 24,523 diagnosed cases, 1,328 deaths and 1,794 patients hospitalized (332 requiring ventilators) associated with the outbreak. There have been 131,987 tests completed. All data is available at

Gov. Edwards again warns that reopening doesn't mean normalcy. As he sets the stage for the gradual reopening of sectors of Louisiana's shuttered economy, Gov. John Bel Edwards is trying to prepare people for an uncomfortable reality: Life isn't returning to normal anytime soon amid the coronavirus outbreak. "We're not going back to normal until such time as there's a vaccine that's available for everybody," Edwards says. "We don't know when that's going to be... In fact, they're saying it's not going to come in all likelihood until sometime in 2021."

OPEN BID. Various medical supplies. Quotes are due by 4:00 PM CST on 4/22/2020. Search for LDH-RFQ-09on

Business Interests in Mexico? U.S. Embassy in Mexico Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Mr. Tom Reott will discuss U.S. engagement with the Mexican government on supply chain concerns raised by U.S. companies on the Mexican government's designation of critical industries. We hope our partners will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Opening Up America Again. the White House guidelines for re-opening the American economy. It is a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. The Louisiana state approach will be released prior to the expiration of the current executive order on 30 April.

Coronavirus Advisory: How to avoid bringing coronavirus home with you, sponsored by Ochsner Baton Rouge.

COVID-19 Testing: Antigen Testing Vs Antibody Testing. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are calling for widespread testing. But testing of what and for what? At first glance, it seems easy enough: Test everyone to see if they have a current infection or if they have been infected in the past and are immune to future infection. However, there are different types of tests, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

FEMA COVID-19 Community Response Best Practices.

CDC COVID-19 Forecasts for the United States. The CDC website contains forecasts built upon the use of statistical or mathematical models to predict changes in national and state level COVID-19 deaths for the next four weeks. The models examine continuing current "stay at home" and 20/30/40% contact reduction models.

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams. DHS CISA recommends exercising caution in handling any email with a COVID-19 related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19. For more information:

Louisiana company pivots to Face Shield production. Good Wood is normally an award-winning design and fabrication firm specializing in custom furniture and commercial design+build. When the COVID-19 outbreak devastated their home city of New Orleans, rather than shutting their doors, they retooled to support their local medical facilities by producing face shields. Today, Good Wood is able to produce between 20,000 - 25,000 units, made-to-order, each week. This is a 100% American-made product, a LOCAL Louisiana supply chain, and does not rely on any foreign entities whatsoever to be produced.

Thank you again for your 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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