New Orleans Health Department

COVID-19 Treatments Available at No Cost to Eligible Individuals

If you have COVID-19, treatments that can reduce the severity of the illness are available. The U.S. government has partnered with Pfizer to make Paxlovid available at no cost for those with no health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or other programs.

Paxlovid is for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.

Follow these steps to take advantage of this program:

  1. GET TESTED
    If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you can get a COVID-19 test by:
    • Buying at-home test kits online or in pharmacies and retail stores.
    • Getting tested at pharmacies, urgent care centers, doctor offices, and other local testing sites.
    • Using the Treatment Locator to find a free COVID-19 test.
    You must have a prescription for Paxlovid to start the enrollment process. You can get a prescription at a doctor’s office, urgent care and pharmacies with clinics.

  2. GET ENROLLED
    Enroll by going to paxlovid.iassist.com or by calling 877-219-7225. A pharmacy staff member can also enroll you when you pick up the prescription.

  3. GET TREATED
    Treatment must be started within 5–7 days of when you first develop symptoms. Paxlovid is taken orally twice a day at home. Take treatment as prescribed and contact your healthcare provider if you experience any complications.

    Antivirals are not a replacement for COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines help reduce the risk of getting very sick before you have COVID-19; treatments can help you feel better if you have COVID-19. Both are helpful tools that can prevent serious illness.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency text alerts from the City by texting “NOLAREADY” (one word) to 77295. Residents can also follow @NOLAReady on X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram or sign up for email and text message alerts at ready.nola.gov/stay-connected/emergency-alerts/.  

Winter Weather Message 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know...

  • Nearly 20% of all ER visits in Region 1 (including NOLA) are for respiratory illnesses - mostly flu, and COVID-19, and RSV are high as well.
  • The highest percentage of ER visits for respiratory illness are children ages 0-11.
  • Weekly admissions to the hospital (i.e., really sick people) for both COVID and flu have increased significantly in the past few weeks.

Flu vaccines and updated COVID-19 boosters are readily available at health care facilities and pharmacies and provide strong protection against severe disease and complications.

January 5,2024

Link toClick here NOFA For HIV Treatment & Prevention Service in New Orleans Area

 

Updated 12/14/2023
THE TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTER IS OPEN!!

We are excited to embark on this journey with UMC  to create a brighter future for all survivors of trauma and violence. The TRC Seeds of NOLA is the first of its kind in Louisiana that will provide crime victims with the help they need to recover, especially those most difficult to reach, providing comprehensive care, including mental health services, clinical case management, crisis intervention, help navigating the justice system, and access to victim compensation. By interrupting cycles of trauma and harm in our communities, TRCs help reduce violence and heal communities.

Visit the Seeds of NOLA Trauma Recovery Center

University Medical Center Trauma Recovery Center Clinic Building, Floor 3, Zone C
Enter at 2101 Tulane Ave.
To request an appointment, please call 504.702.4335.

 

We are excited to announce that New Orleans has earned a 2023 CityHealth overall GOLD medal!

Here is what they found:

  • In 2023, 61% of America’s 75 largest cities earned an overall medal — up from 49% in 2022.
  • Seven cities earned an overall gold medal: Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, and St. Louis.
  • CityHealth awarded 400 individual policy medals (+8%) across all 12 policies, including 150 (+18%) gold medals, 98 (-5%) silver medals, and 152 (+6%) bronze medals.

Policies with the highest penetration include: High-Quality, Accessible Pre-K (67 medals), Greenspace (52 medals), and Affordable Housing Trusts (44 medals).

Watch the entire webinar you YouTube at 2023 CityHealth Medals Webinar - YouTube

Weeks of Awareness 2023

Join us on December 1, 2023, for the annual commemoration of World Aids Day and the Wreath Laying Ceremony to recognize those living with HIV and pay respect to those who have passed as a result of AIDS-related complications. Click here to learn more

Get Moving is here!!

Get Moving is the New Orleans Health Department's newest campaign to encourage residents to adopt a more active lifestyle and improve their physical and mental well-being. The campaign aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities to move more, have fun, and raise awareness of the health benefits of regular physical activity. Click here for more information. 

To stay up to date on events and resources, submit your pledge to #GetMoving.

The New Orleans Domestic Abuse Fatality Review team published their first annual report characterizing domestic abuse fatalities that occurred in Orleans Parish in 2020. Read more about it here.

 

CDC Recommends Updated COVID-19 Vaccine for Fall/Winter Virus Season

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Vaccines.gov - Find COVID‑19 vaccine locations near you

 

New Orleans Health Department to Award $1.5 Million Total for Food Insecurity and Violence Interruptions

Posted: 9/7/2023

 

Hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until November 30. Click click to learn more about Smart 911.

 

AIR Report 2022-2023

The May 2022-2023 Advocacy Initiated Response Report (AIR) is out. For more information on the pilot program's first-year outcomes, click here. The AIR program is a community-based intervention for domestic violence to increase victim safety, provide linkages to resources, and disrupt violence in the community. AIR Triage Advocates from the NOFJC contact victims directly after law enforcement responds to a domestic incident or disturbance with the goal of preventing repeat incidents.

Extreme Heat

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SAFETY TIPS 

 

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat:  

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day
  • If you must perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water, and do not wait until you are thirsty
  • The very young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated
  • Check on neighbors, children, the elderly and chronically ill to make sure they are okay, especially every hour if power outages occur

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70-degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency. Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately.  

 

For more information about heat-related illnesses and tips on staying cool, please visit ready.nola.gov. Residents are always encouraged to text NOLAREADY to 77295 for emergency alerts.

NOHD and Children's Hospital Gun Safe Giveaway

We will be out in the community raising awareness and distributing free biometric gun safes. Come visit with us.Guns are the leading cause of death for kids under 18 in Louisiana and the United States. Recently the New Orleans Health Department and Children’s Hospital New Orleans launched a safe gun storage and education campaign by partnering with Be SMART to educate the community about responsible gun ownership to protect kids and reduce child firearm deaths. By partnering with the Be SMART program and distributing free gun locks for the community, the Health Department and Children’s Hospital aim to reduce gun injuries in children, the leading cause of death for kids in Louisiana. 

Click below for additional educational information and resource.

Gun Safety and Education Press Release

Be SMART

Be SMART | Secure Gun Storage (besmartforkids.org)

Be SMART is a national program designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions to prevent child gun deaths and injuries. ​​ 

 

 

Recent news

The New Orleans Health Department is proud to announce it has received the 2022 City Health silver medal from the Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. City Health annually awards the nation’s largest cities with gold, silver, bronze, or no medal in different policy areas that can improve people’s access to healthy choices and address critical health disparities in local communities. Read more at: 

37 Cities Earn Overall Medals in CityHealth Assessment of New Prevention-Oriented Policy Package

CITY HEALTH 2022 POLICY ASSESSMENT

NewHealthy Kids' Meal Beverage Ordinance takes effect on 1/1/2023

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is on the rise in New Orleans. Click here to read more about Mosquito-borne disease that spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. 

Get medication for COVID-19
COVID-19 medications are now available through your doctor, local pharmacies, and health clinics.  If you have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive, do not wait to get treated.  You must take oral COVID-19 medication within five days of your first COVID-19 symptoms.

Need help finding a place to get medication?  Visit Arcg or call  1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages.

posted: 7/15/2022

May 17,2022 Press Conference/ Facebook Live

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2022-2025 Community Health Improvement Plan

The newly released 2022-2025 Community Health Improvement Plan is now available. To view, click here

Flu Season is here

With flu season here, you may be wondering if you can get a COVID-19 shot and a flu shot at the same time. The answer is yes!  While mild coronavirus symptoms mimic flu-like symptoms, the two diseases are not the same, but both do present higher complications for people with chronic conditions and seniors.  Schedule your flu shot today and if you haven't yet gotten your COVID-19 shot, get that too.

Community Health Assessment

The New Orleans Health Department is proud to release the New Orleans Community Health Assessment which illustrates the state of health in our city.  Over the coming months, we look forward to engaging with partners and residents to develop our Community Health Improvement Plan that will guide our department's work over the next 5 years. 

New Orleans Health Department Regulations

Housing Facilities for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Encampment Regulations

Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Regulations