How to stop the Zika virus outbreak in New Orleans
New Orleans is getting ready to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, with people and businesses preparing for a weeklong celebration of the city’s heritage and culture.
New Orleans has not seen any pandemic since it was struck by the virus in October 2015, and the mayor, Mitch Landrieu, said Sunday that there is no need to rush to end the citywide celebration.
Landrieo has ordered that public events and events in New Orlesian restaurants, stores, parks, churches, museums, and community centers will be closed for at least the next three days to give people time to prepare.
The mayor also said he has instructed state and federal agencies to work to reduce the number of cases in the region, which has been hit by several dozen cases of Zika in recent days.
But New Orleans has had a significant number of infected people, some of whom have died, and authorities are working to identify the individuals who may have been exposed.
A total of 1,096 confirmed cases and 14 deaths have been recorded in the city since October 15, when the first cases were found in a local nursing home.
There have been a few other major outbreaks in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.
In all, there have been 1,079 confirmed cases in New Jersey, 1,068 confirmed cases among New York state residents, and 1,034 confirmed cases nationwide.
In Connecticut, 1.5 million cases and 5,735 deaths have resulted.
New Orleans, however, has had its fair share of recent infections, with 2,908 confirmed cases across the state.
The state has had some of the worst transmission in the country, with more than half of the confirmed cases occurring in the greater New Orleans area.
The governor has ordered all public health workers to wear masks for the duration of the celebrations.
The city has a number of restrictions on public events including closing off the roads to vehicles, shutting down streets and sidewalks and limiting the use of amplified music.
It also said that people attending a parade will be asked to stop wearing masks for a period of 30 minutes.
Landriou also said on Sunday that all schools, libraries, parks and other facilities must stay open for the entire month of September.
In an effort to reduce infections in the coming weeks, the governor said it will also ask residents to wear face masks for 10 minutes during the week.
Landry said that the state and local officials will work together to help educate the public about the virus, as well as help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal government figure out a way to help those in the U.S. who are infected.
“We’re in the midst of a pandemic and we have a responsibility to help people in the states and territories to protect themselves, to make sure they are getting the proper protective equipment and to ensure that they get the necessary care,” Landrieus said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”