BREAKING NEWS ON LOCAL RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
COVID-19 testing begins 3pm-5pm, Mon – Thurs in north Baton Rouge. Community testing for the coronavirus has begun at the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic at 5439 Airline Hwy, nearest the population that has been most impacted. Read The Drum.
Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible for COVID-19 Business Aid. SBA loans of up to $2 million will aid Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small businesses. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza confirmed that Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small businesses are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans, which will be made available to eligible firms suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. ONLINE: SBA.gov/Disaster. SBA offers a three-step process for disaster loans explained here.
Louisiana Association of Educators will begin offering online courses to help educators navigate some of the challenges of engaging with students while families deal with the impacts of COVID-19. LAE president Tia Mills, EdD, said she is excited the association can provide this critical service to members currently faced with maintaining contact with their students in this time of public crisis. Contact Dr. Suzanne T. Harris at email@example.com or 225.235.2415.
Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is collecting data on how Louisiana nonprofits are adapting to the changing environment caused by the Coronavirus and their support needs. Click here to participate in the survey
Impact North Baton Rouge, formerly the Baton Rouge North Economic Development District, invites North Baton Rouge area restaurants that are remaining open for delivery or pick-up during the CoronaVirus-related shutdown to email Jerry Jones, Impact North Baton Rouge executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that effective Monday, March 23, 2020 all City-Parish buildings – including City Hall and all community centers – will be closed to the public and restricted to essential City-Parish personnel through Monday, April 6, 2020. Restricted access to City-Parish buildings will be re-evaluated as the conclusion of the two week period approaches. Call 225-389-3000 or visit http://www.brla.gov.Restricted access to City-Parish buildings will be re-evaluated as the conclusion of the two week period approaches.
- 211: 2-1-1 is a free confidential service that connects callers to information and services in times of need. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during disasters. Louisiana 211 works to link people and resources for a better Louisiana through collaboration and partnership between nonprofit organizations providing 211 services, funding United Ways and the State of Louisiana Public Service Commission.
- 4-1-1 Louisiana business directory assistance. Call to find contact information for local or state businesses.
- 3-1-1: City-Parish 311 Call Center for citizen’s service requests by dialing 311 or through the Red Stick 311 mobile application. It’s Baton Rouge’s source of local government information and non-emergency services.
- 5-1- 1:Louisiana Relay Service (711, or 800 846-5277 for TTY/TDD users or800 947-5277 for voice users) is a 24-hour service that provides telephone communication between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled, through the use of specialized equipment to communicate freely with people who use a standard.
- 7-1-1: Louisiana Relay Service (711, or 800 846-5277 for TTY/TDD users or800 947-5277 for voice users) is a 24-hour service that provides telephone communication between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled, and people who use standard phones. Dial 711 to be automatically connected to an LRS operator. It’s fast, functional and free. Dialing 711, both voice and TRS users can initiate a call from any telephone, anywhere in the United States.
- 8-1-1: LA One Call is a free service to help you dig safely. We alert our members so that they can mark nearby underground facilities before you start. Dial 811 Before You Dig. Wait for the Site to be Marked laonecall.com
National. Health officials warn the US government does not have enough stockpiled medical equipment to deal with coronavirus. Read more https://t.co/TYD9XTMTHd
A Message from Lake After Hours: If you or a loved one feel you are showing symptoms (Cough, Fever, Shortness of Breath) consistent with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call our clinics prior to coming to the location. If you feel your illness is “mild”, per the CDC’s recommendations, practice social distancing by remaining at home to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. As with any illness, please call 911 if you feel you are in any type of respiratory distress. Visit https://lakeurgentcare.com/
NOLA Business Alliance establishes relief fund for local gig economy Workers. As a result of the current and anticipated local economic impact of COVID-19, the New Orleans Business Alliance has set up a dedicated relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly affected via loss of income. NOLABA is committing $100,000 to initiate the fund, with the goal of increasing its assets to a minimum of $500,000. The organization is also charging the New Orleans community to participate by encouraging business leaders, philanthropy, and concerned residents to contribute and increase the potential impact of this critical relief effort. For additional information regarding the gig economy workers’ relief fund, or to apply, please visit www.nolaba.org/relief-fund/.
Clever software updated to aid student at-home learning |K-12 school students and others using the school-based Clever software will find a new section of applications to help students continue studies while schools are closed. Read more: The Drum
Misconceptions Blacks have about Coronavirus | BlackNews.com reports the top 11 most common misconceptions that many in the Black community have: #1 – Black People Can’t Get It. Read more: The Drum
EBR Parish Library updates hours, cancellations due to public health concerns. As of Monday, March 16, all 14 East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations will observe modified hours due to public health concerns. Read more: The Drum