VIDEO: City of New Orleans seek volunteers to assist at COVID vaccine sites

City of New Orleans weekly media briefing - Jan. 12

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The City of New Orleans held its weekly news conference Tuesday to update Coronavirus in Orleans Parish.

Due to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations reaching a statewide record high, the City of New Orleans announced a Modified Phase One, with reduced capacity limits and gathering restrictions, which went into effect Jan. 8. and will last for three weeks.

There has been more than 23,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Orleans Parish with 691 deaths.

The city is asking for volunteers help with vaccine efforts. Medical and non-medical volunteers are asked to sign up to work at vaccine sites in the coming weeks & months. You can sign up at

“With vaccines coming but our COVID-19 numbers rising, these next few weeks will be a defining moment in the history of our response to this pandemic. That’s why we need everyone in our community to take this change in COVID-19 restrictions very seriously. We are in a precarious situation, one that will not get better unless we have everyone on board,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “These restrictions are for the short term, but they are in place for a reason. We must work together as a collective force to once again flatten the curve and bring our cases under control. I know we can do this, and I believe in our people to get it done.”

“Each and every measure we have been watching closely is indicating a major community outbreak in New Orleans,” said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director of the New Orleans Health Department. “We need everyone’s cooperation to slow the spread and save lives immediately. If you can work from home, work from home. If you have a playdate, dinner party, sleepover, barbeque, visit to a relative or other gathering scheduled, please cancel it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines underway in Louisiana, but vaccines only work for those who are alive to receive them.”

The percent of positive tests, which was just over 5% for the last two weeks, forcing bars to close indoors, has now skyrocketed to over 10% in just one week. Average daily cases have increased from roughly 30 throughout most of the fall months to now over 200.

Restricted to 25% Capacity:

  • Bars with AR-Conditional Restaurant permit
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, and nail salons
  • Casinos, racetracks, and video poker establishments
  • Community centers
  • Conference venues and meeting rooms
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Houses of worship
  • Libraries
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Office buildings and businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls and retail stores
  • Swimming pools
  • Tattoo, massage, and esthetician services

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