VCPORA is closely monitoring the ongoing public health crisis associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as labeled by the World Health Organization. We remain in communication with the Mayor’s office, the Department of Health, and Councilmember Kristin Palmer’s office in efforts to share any and all relevant information with the French Quarter community. We can all play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 to protect the most vulnerable groups, particularly the elderly and the chronically ill.
Stay connected and informed with facts:
Please stay informed by visiting NOLA Ready and receive updates by texting “COVIDNOLA” to 888-777.
In efforts to protect our community and reduce exposure:
- Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water
- Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow
- Try to avoid touching your face
- Routinely clean and disinfect shared surfaces
- Avoid close contact with others
- Stay at home if you feel sick
Make the best use of limited health care resources and reserve emergency services for those who truly need them. The major symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Though these symptoms are frequent this time of year, due to allergens and common colds, it important that if you feel ill, you do not immediately go to the emergency room. Instead, call your health care provider or contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing 211 for more information on testing sites in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health.
Be a good neighbor and a responsible citizen:
It is always a good idea to have additional food, medicine, and toiletries on hand so consider stocking up on essential needs to avoid additional or unnecessary trips to the store. Check-in with your neighbors, particularly if they are mobility impaired or cannot easily access additional provisions.
Beyond the potential health impacts of COVID-19, many senior centers may lose access to meal providers and school closures will leave at-risk children without important meals. Additionally, those who work in the service industry and other hourly jobs stand to lose significant income. You can help by volunteering your time and making donations:
- The New Orleans Council on Aging works to provide Meals on Wheels to elderly residents.
- The Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting monetary and supply donations and has volunteer opportunities.
- The Greater New Orleans Foundation has activated its Disaster Response and Restoration Fund to provide assistance to those most in need.
Links to Assistance for Residents:
While it is imperative that you safely practicing social distancing, remember there are still ways to stay connected with your community.
- Check-in with your neighbors, particularly if they are mobility impaired or cannot easily access additional provisions.
- Consider starting a text thread with your immediate neighbors to easily maintain communications.
- Utilize home delivery services for food deliveries from local restaurants.
- Food Assistance
- Legal Assistance
- Unemployment Insurance
- Mental Health Support
All VCPORA events are temporarily suspended but may be postponed to later dates. We are available if you need access to resources. Stay safe, and stay tuned to our social media for future updates.