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Coronavirus Updates

updated 12/29/21

 

Jefferson Parish is OPEN for visitors! Our attractions, restaurants, entertainment venues, and conference centers are working hard to ensure you experience a safe and fun visit to our destination. Our partners have taken the Clean & Safe Pledge to demonstrate their commitment to your well-being. In an effort to inform our visitors and residents, provided below is an update on closures and recommended precautions:  

Louisiana has lifted its statewide mask mandate for indoors on October 27, 2021, for all people except K-12 schools. Masks will be required at airports, on planes, on public transportation, and in medical facilities because of federal rules. 

Facemasks ARE required for ALL who enter (vaccinated & unvaccinated individuals) in Jefferson Parish government buildings, which include: Joseph S. Yenni Building, General Government Building, Charles Odom Building, Jefferson Parish Credit Union, Jefferson Parish Library facilities, Jefferson Parish Recreation Department facilities, Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court, First Parish Court, Second Parish Court and the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court.

We recommend tourists and residents to take the required measures in the wake of the new Omricon variant and follow the CDC and/or state of Louisiana's advice, which includes the following:

  • Increase the frequency in wiping down surfaces
  • Wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Providing hand sanitizer in common areas for guests and visitors
  • Washing hands frequently and properly
  • Test to prevent spread to others
  • Practice social distancing
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID, isolate to avoid spread and monitor your symptoms until you can visit a testing site.

Jefferson Parish residents receive regular updates following the Parish by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777. Visit COVID.JeffParish.net to stay updated on COVID-19 in Jefferson Parish, including available resources, weekly testing and vaccine sites, local dashboard, and more. 


COVID-19 TESTING SITES in Jefferson Parish
COVID-19 VACCINE SITES in Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish has reopened the Bonnabel Boat Launch COVID-19 testing site and ramped up staffing at Johnny Bright Playground and the Alario Center in an attempt to blunt the effects of a fifth wave.


The new Omicron variant is estimated to account for the majority of new COVID-19 cases in the United States. Everyone 12 and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana (Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for people ages 12-17). 

All COVID-19 vaccines are free and you do not need to provide identification or health insurance information to get vaccinated.

The CDC has approved booster shots for any adults 18 years and older and has waited at least 6 months after completing their two primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. For information on when it's best to receive your booster and what types are available, please CLICK HERE.

To find a vaccination site, schedule a homebound vaccination, or for local questions about the vaccines, please contact the Jefferson Parish COVID-19 Hotline at 504-518-4020

 


Louisiana Covid-19 Resources and Information

On October 27, 2021, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he will lift Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools, after sustained improvement across the state in terms of new cases, test positivity, and hospitalizations.

Facemasks ARE required for ALL who enter (vaccinated & unvaccinated individuals) in Jefferson Parish government buildings, which include: Joseph S. Yenni Building, General Government Building, Charles Odom Building, Jefferson Parish Credit Union, Jefferson Parish Library facilities, Jefferson Parish Recreation Department facilities, Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court, First Parish Court, Second Parish Court and the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court.

Face masks will still be mandated by federal regulation, including on mass transit and in health care facilities. They will not be mandated in most places, including government buildings, college and university campuses, and businesses. School districts may opt out of the mask mandate if they choose to, but only if they continue to adhere to CDC quarantine guidance. 

Louisiana citizens looking for information about COVID-19 can dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for current information about the outbreak. In addition to being able to call Louisiana 211 and to sign up for text messaging, residents can get answers to the most-asked questions by concerned citizens at www.la211help.org.

Louisiana Covid-19 Cases and Dashboard


Information from the CDC

 

COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines (updated 12/29/21)

 

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. People who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine the following exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (everyone, regardless of vaccination status)

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine) & are one of the below...

Have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine) & are one of the below...

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

Monoclonal Antibodies Treatment

Monoclonal antibodies (or mAb) have been authorized by the FDA to treat patients with mild to moderate COVID-19. The treatments are done by intravenous (IV) infusion in an outpatient setting and require a referral from the patients’ physician or clinic. Patients should coordinate with their respective physician or care provider before scheduling the treatment. A call center is available to answer questions and provide information related to monoclonal antibody therapeutic treatments at the following phone numbers: 1-877-332-6585 (English Language); 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish Language)

Fact Sheet: Louisiana Department of Health Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

 

Local Restaurant Updates

Restaurants are allowed to offer dine-in services.  We have an updated list of local restaurants open for business HERE.

Shopping

Shopping malls (including food courts) are allowed to be open to the public at 100% of their State Fire Marshal capacity. Please check for requirements and adhere to policies. Shopping centers, boutiques, and retailers are taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and healthy exchange in hopes of providing a bit of “retail therapy"!

Louis Armstrong International Airport

MSY Travel Ready is a strategic and comprehensive plan that outlines the precautions the airport and its partners are taking to provide a safe and healthy travel journey. This plan is a coordinated effort to adapt airport facilities and operations based on CDC and other health expert recommendations to protect passengers and employees against the spread of COVID-19 and other germs during their time at the airport.

Port of New Orleans

The safety and health of passengers, crew members and staff are top priorities for the Port of New Orleans. They are following the lead of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to take all precautionary measures necessary. They continue to actively monitor the evolving situation and are in constant communication with public health agencies and industry partners.

U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit organization representing and advocating for all components of the travel industry. Visit their official website here.

American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association is an indispensable resource serving, supporting and advocating on behalf of the American hospitality industry. Hotels already follow strict guidelines and protocols designed to help prevent spread of diseases from the flu to less common illnesses, and AHLA will continue to monitor the latest developments tied to this virus issued by government and health officials. Read more here.

Meetings Mean Business

Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. Visit their website here.

Sports ETA

Sports ETA is the non-profit trade association for the sport tourism industry in the United States.

Learn more at their website here.

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