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.
- All K-12 schools, libraries, gyms, bars, movie theaters, and casinos will be closed through April 13. However, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. Restaurants will be required to end dine-in service and provide take-out and delivery only; drive-thru service will remain open.
- All gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. The City of New Orleans has revoked Special Events permits for the foreseeable future in order to dissuade large gatherings. Previously planned events and parades have been canceled or postponed.
- All public transit will operate on a Saturday schedule.
- City Hall is limiting the number of visitors at this time. The City Council will be closing City Council chambers for all Board and Commission public meetings through April.
- The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) will not be turning off water service to customers until the Emergency Declaration for the City of New Orleans is lifted. Entergy New Orleans has developed a Priority Response Plan that ensures the most critical infrastructure, such as public safety, healthcare facilities, and nursing homes, are being prioritized in the event of an emergency. The City’s telecom partners have confirmed that their capacity to manage data and Internet services will not be compromised by COVID-19. Residents, businesses and government agencies will continue to be able to access online resources. New Orleans judges have decided to suspend all residential evictions in response to the growing threat of the coronavirus.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will work with each State to provide disaster assistance loans to small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus.
- The Louisiana Workforce Commission has provided resources for applying for Unemployment Insurance.
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
VCPORA has temporarily shut its office to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our French Quarter community. All 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.