With yesterday’s announcement from Governor John Bel Edwards about the stay-at-home order being lifted this Friday, many in the local community want to know what this might mean for them.

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will be hosting a tele-town hall called COVID-19: Preparing for the Next Phase. The event will be moderated by Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI, and Earl Benjamin-Robinson, deputy director of LDH’s Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity.

There will be plenty of familiar names on the call who will be able to share insight from medical, religious, and political points of view. I feel one of the biggest concerns will be businesses complying with the guidelines that will be put in place for them to open to keep their customers safe.

Those who will be on the call will be Mayor Nic Hunter, Tony Guillory, President of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, JayVon Muhammad, CEO of SWLACenter for Health Services, Dr. Samuel Tolbert, Jr of Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh, Regional Medical Director from the Louisiana Department of Health, Braylon Harris, Mount Olive Baptist Church and Denise Durel, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana.

The goal is to share information to help educate the community about COVID-19 response measures, the phased reopening approach, and more. The dialogue will focus on health outcomes for all Louisianans, especially those in the African American community.

If you would like to virtually attend, the event will be this Thursday, May 14 at 4:00pm. Each Tele-town hall will be hosted through Go To Meeting.

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