Provided by OEP Director Mary Jones
COVID-19 in Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Health posts updated case numbers every day at noon online at LDH.Louisiana.gov/coronavirus.
If you have questions about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available.
Stressed about COVID-19? We’re here to talk.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
Call 1-866-310-7977 24/7 Trained counselors available 24/7. All calls are confidential.
If your workplace has temporarily closed or you have been told to take unpaid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
To file a claim, go to www.louisianaworks.net/hire or call 866-783-5567.
If you have lost your job or if you have reduced hours you may be eligible for Medicaid.
You can apply online at MyMedicaid.la.gov.
You can also apply by phone by calling 1-888-342-6207 or by mail by sending information to:
P.O. Box 91283
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Local Medicaid offices are currently closed to the public, but please call number above.
Louisiana Economic Development also is offering COVID-19: Business Resources, an online guide to assistance available for impacted businesses. Look for updates to the guide at OpportunityLouisiana.com.
FHFA has established a dedicated webpage with relevant updates and resources available here: www.fhfa.gov/coronavirus.
For information about SNAP or an application, Louisiana residents can text GETSNAP (no spaces) to 898211, email LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov or call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578).
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration has approved that ALL 64 Louisiana parishes are eligible for COVID-19 business aid. Louisiana businesses may apply as follows:
- Call Toll Free 1-800-659-2955
- TTY: 1-800-877-8339
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org