February 5, 2020
On Wednesday, February 5th, the New Orleans Health Department and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness held a multi-disciplinary planning meeting to ensure that all agencies within New Orleans are developing coordinated plans to respond to possible cases.
The New Orleans Health Department is coordinating directly with the Louisiana Department of Health and attends weekly calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The department has provided regular updates to all New Orleans healthcare providers to ensure that healthcare systems are prepared to easily identify suspected cases, implement infection control procedures, and test and/or treat an individual if needed.
The City is also working closely with the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Port of New Orleans, Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Patrol to review and implement new federal guidelines for individuals with travel history to China.
At this time, the federal government does not recommend screening at MSY and has rerouted all flights with passengers from China to one of the 11 airports where screening is currently taking place.
To read the press release from Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office, please visit https://nola.gov/mayor/news/february-2020/city-holds-multi-disciplinary-coronavirus-planning-meeting/