What You Need To Know: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the ArkLaTex

Updated: Mar. 26, 2020 at 11:49 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - In an effort to keep you and your loved ones safe, KSLA is providing a list of things you need to know, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the latest number of people who have contracted the virus in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

The Louisiana Department of Health has a 24/7 counseling service for those who may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious or need help coping with COVID-19 related stress.

Professionals will provide information for services related to mental health and substance abuse related to coronavirus. Call 1-866-310-7977.

  • Shreveport Memorial Library – All library programs, outreach events and meeting room use have been cancelled. Libraries will close from March 17- April 13.
  • Bossier Parish Library – All library programs and events, including outreach events now suspended until further notice. Libraries will close on March 17.
  • R.W. Norton Art Gallery & BLOOM! Festival – The museum will be closed from Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, April 19. The gardens will remain open. BLOOM! Festival has been cancelled
  • The Glen – Suspending the CATS series of public events until further notice.
  • All casinos, bars and movie theaters – Closed starting at midnight on March 17, 2020. Will last 14 days or longer
  • Artspace – Closed until March 28, 2020
  • SciPort – Closed until April 1, 2020
  • Shreveport Aquarium – Closed until further notice

In addition to our daily 6:30 p.m. half-hour special, FACTS NOT FEAR, we will provide updates on the latest cases and death tolls on air, online and via the KSLA News 12 app.

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May appear 2-14 days after exposure

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Illnesses range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed cases.

Mainly from person-to-person

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for more serious complications

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • Wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), you should cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • People who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pandemic diseases are new global viruses that can easily infect people and “spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way.” There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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