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Coronavirus Updates


The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through engagement with local and state health department officials as well the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Jefferson Parish is OPEN for visitors!  We welcome you to visit Jefferson Parish and experience our great outdoors, historic districts, shopping, and entertainment venues.  As a family-friendly destination, we encourage you to bring the entire family!  Louisiana has reinstated their statewide mask mandate indoors for all people ages 5 & up as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Louisiana. This includes the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

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.  We continue to update our calendar of events as more attractions and events become available and look forward to welcoming you!  In an effort to inform our visitors and residents, provided below is an update on closures and recommended precautions:  

We encourage visitors and residents to take the necessary precautions and follow guidelines set forth by the CDC and/or the state of Louisiana, including the following:
- Increase the frequency in wiping down surfaces
- Providing hand sanitizer in common areas for guests and visitors
- Washing hands frequently and properly
- Wear masks where required in public
- Practice social distancing

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has extended the statewide mask mandate through October 27, 2021, to further slow the spread of COVID-19 following the state’s worst surge of the pandemic. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are required when inside a commercial establishment or any other building or space open to the public. This includes public transit, K-12 schools, college campuses, government buildings, and health care facilities in Jefferson Parish.

 
Due to Hurricane Ida, many COVID-19 locations are temporarily suspended. Please visit the Jefferson Parish COVID-19 pages for up-to-date information regarding available testing & vaccine sites in Jefferson.
 
FREE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING AND WALK-UP VACCINES (Pfizer and J&J) WILL RESUME AT THE ALARIO CENTER FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2021. Testing at the Alario Center is available to individuals five years or older who want to know their COVID-19 status. Individuals under 16 years old must have a parent or legal guardian present to consent to testing. 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).
 
COVID-19 TESTING SITES in Jefferson Parish
COVID-19 VACCINE SITES in Jefferson Parish

 

 


Louisiana 

On August 4, 2021, the state reinstated Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate indoors for all people ages 5 & up as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Louisiana. This mandate has been extended through October 27, 2021.

 

UPDATED GUIDANCE FROM LDH

In light of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Louisiana due to the Delta breakthrough variant, the Louisiana Department of Health recommends additional layers of protection for all residents, regardless of vaccination status. This updated guidance includes:

  • All people – vaccinated and unvaccinated – should wear face masks while indoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. 
  • All businesses should review their operations to accommodate employees in a way that reduces unnecessary contact to avoid the spread of COVID in the workplace.

 

COVID-19 Testing & Exposure Guidelines

  • Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
  • If you test positive and are NOT vaccinated, stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • If you test positive and ARE vaccinated & symptomatic, stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, wait until your symptoms start improving, and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. If asymptomatic but with a positive test, isolate for10 days from the time the test sample was collected.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • After your 14 day quarantine period, watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.

 

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 of 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

 

Louisiana Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Recommendations

CDC and the State of Louisiana recommends:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Jefferson Parish

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 the Louisiana 211 and to sign up for text messaging, residents can get written answers to the most-asked questions by concerned citizens. The website is www.la211help.org  

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 Mask Guidelines

Effective August 2, 2021 - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a mandatory mask requirement for Louisiana while indoors through October 27, 2021

  • This mandate requires face coverings for everyone age 5 or older or enrolled in kindergarten, except for the following:
    • Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
    •  Anyone who is consuming a drink or food
    • Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is hearing impaired
    •  Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
    • Anyone temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes

 

Vaccine Information

Click for VACCINE SITES  NOTE: Due to Hurricane Ida, many COVID-19 locations are temporarily suspendedPlease visit the Jefferson Parish COVID-19 pages for up-to-date information regarding available testing & vaccine sites in Jefferson. 

Everyone in Louisiana ages 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Click HERE for indepth Covid-19 vaccine information. 

 

Mask Requirements

People in Jefferson Parish must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:

  • Masks are required inside ALL indoor public space, including but not limited to restaurants, retail stores, spas, and places of worship.
  • Masks are required upon entering and exiting a restaurant or bar but not while sitting at a table.
  • Masks are required upon entering and exiting a gym but not while exercising.
  • Masks are required in any room or an enclosed area where other people are present and unable to physically distance.
  • Masks are required while walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities.
  • Masks are required while riding on public transportation or paratransit. Jefferson Parish Transit Department (JeT) requires all riders to continue to wear a face-covering or mask upon boarding, JeT has reinstated fare collection and installed barrier shields to protect the riders and drivers. Click HERE for additional information.

National & State Parks

The Barataria Preserve is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida

Grand Isle State Park is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida

Bayou Segnette State Park is open.

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. Masks/facial coverings are required to enter the mall. 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.

World Health Organization

WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses.

Read more about their Travel Advice and see their official website here.

Center for Disease Control

As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

Learn more at their website here.

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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