Public Health Desk

CDC

As coronavirus spread around the world and the number of cases in New Orleans, Louisiana and the United States rises, there are a lot of pressing questions on our minds.

The situation is rapidly evolving, but for now, the guidance from health officials remains fairly steady, if sometimes vague. Even the experts still don't have all the answers.

We'll update this FAQ as we learn more. If you have a question you'd like answered, send it to tips@wwno.org.

Jess Clark / WWNO

As of Friday, March 13, all public schools in Louisiana have been closed for one month. More information can be found here.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography, Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

The spread of coronavirus and the number of known COVID-19 cases are ramping up — just as New Orleans enters tourism season. 

This, of course, leaves everyone with a lot of questions about what's canceled, what's safe, what happens to local businesses and what happens to the city's economy. We'll answer those questions here.

ALISSA ECKHERT, DAN HIGGINS / MAM / CDC

Updated: 7:01 p.m.

The Louisiana Department of Health has reported the state's first "presumptive positive" case of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, according to the office of the governor. 

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