Face masks are again required in buildings in the Town of Shreveport; Overton Brooks VA Medical Center Revises COVID-19 Guidelines

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – The city of Shreveport and the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center have revised their guidelines in light of the latest increase in COVID-19 cases, including a doubling of hospitalizations in one week.

The city announced on the night of Sunday, December 26 that masks or other face coverings would again be mandatory in all its buildings. The news came after Louisiana said hospitalizations had doubled and after learning that Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

And starting Monday, December 27 at noon, the VA Hospital in Shreveport:

  • restrict entry to those with an appointment and those who receive a COVID-19 vaccine;
  • allow entry for x-rays and lab work at least half an hour before your scheduled appointment time;
  • allow patients to be accompanied by a caregiver (the caregiver does not need prior authorization to enter the facility with the veteran.);
  • restricting the emergency room waiting area to veterans only; and,
  • limit visits to 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Face masks and social distancing are mandatory.

Earlier Sunday, the Louisiana Department of Health announced that 449 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. This is double what it was a week ago.

A total of 9,545 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the state since Thursday, December 23.

At the same time, 1,231 other people in Louisiana were re-infected with COVID-19.

Public health officials therefore urge everyone to:

  • wear a mask or other face covering in all indoor public spaces;
  • work remotely if possible;
  • limit exposure to people outside your daily household;
  • get tested for COVID-19 two days before traveling and three to five days after traveling with people outside your daily household; and,
  • get tested for COVID-19 before and after any gathering with people outside of your immediate household.

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