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April 07, 2020

COVID-19 Resources - From Washington Parish President Richard N Thomas, Jr.

Latest Update 4/6/2020 COVID-19 GENERAL RESOURCES AND EDUCATION

WBOX Community Spotlight COVID-19 Information Radio Show
  • Tune in to WBOX 92.9 FM OR WBOX 920 Monday-Friday-12:00-1:00 pm
  • Rebroadcast 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm 
  • Mayor Wendy Perrette moderates a live radio broadcast to update the community on the latest COVID-19 information.
  • Listen to discussions related to COVID-19 with city officials, medical professionals, along with community resource information.
  • Call in with questions or concerns to 985-732-4288 during the live broadcast
City of Bogalusa COVID-19 Resource Website

COVID-19 in Louisiana
Questions About Coronavirus?
  • Call 211 to Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211.
  • Text LACOVID to 898-211
  • Visit LA211Help.org
Louisiana Government COVID-19 Information
Emergency COVID-19 Text Alert Sign-Up
  • Text LACOVID to 67283
Smart911 Sign-Up
  • To locate and contact you by cell phone in case of an emergency
  • Visit https://www.smart911.com/
  • Governor's Official Stay-at-Home Declaration
  • Stay-at-Home Order Dos and Don'ts
Washington Parish Government Alerts & Updates
Representative Malinda White COVID-19 Resource
Washington Parish Library
  • Washington Parish Library closed to the public.
  • Staff available at 985-735-1961
  • Free Wi-Fi in the libraries parking lot-check Wi-Fi access code on doors
  • Bogalusa Wi-Fi access (bog735-1961alusa) or located on branch door
  • Visit washintonparishlibrary.info and Facebook page
LSU AgCenter COVID-19 Food Safety and Educational Resources
Healthcare
  • Our Lady of the Angels Hospital and Our Lady of the Angels Physician Group
  • ▪ COVID-19 Hotline: 985-730-6120 Monday-Friday 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • ▪ Our Lady of the Angels Physician Group Video Visits- Call 985-730-6970 to schedule
  • ▪ Offers convenient access to your healthcare provider from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Now accepting new patients.
  • ▪ Our team provides easy-to-follow instructions to get your appointment started.
  • ▪ Visit OLOAH.org/Coronavirus/video-visits to learn more.
  • ▪ Drive through COVID-19 testing is available. Patients must be referred by an Our Lady of the Angels Physician Group provider.
  • Visitor Guidelines: Our hospital and clinics currently have a ZERO visitor policy, exceptions allow for 1 adult visitor with pediatric patients, laboring mothers, and special circumstances as determined by the attending physician for end of life, critically ill patients or patients with special needs. Immediate family members only. We are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, community and team members.
  • For Ongoing education, facts and blog posts related to COVID-19, visit this site and visit our Facebook page.
  • Riverside Medical Center
  • ▪ No visitation: restricted to one support person for pediatric patients. Restricted visitors required to go through a screening process including a temperature check and symptom questions
  • ▪ Tele-medicine physician visits available unless the provider deems a face to face visit necessary
  • ▪ For updates, visit our website and visit our Facebook page.
  • ▪ Call 985-839-4431
COVID-19 Community Testing Sites & Requirements COVID 19 Test Sites
  • Rapid Urgent Care-57 Cumberland Street, Bogalusa, LA-985-545-1300; Office hours Monday-Friday Hours 7:00 am-6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Virtual visits (telemedicine) available. 
Bogalusa Health Unit Clinic
  • 626 Carolina Avenue, Bogalusa-985-732-6615
  • WIC, TB and limited reproductive health services only
  • Providing curbside service
  • Office hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Franklinton Health Unit Clinic
  • 120 11th Street-Franklinton, LA-985-839-5646
  • WIC, TB and limited reproductive health services only
  • Providing curbside service
  • Office hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm-Wednesday and Friday
Medicaid Resources
  • Washington Parish Council on Aging, 985-241-4359 or 1-888-342-6207
  • OLOAH Plaza St. Bogalusa, LA 985-730-7135
  • Washington Community Health Center 2807 S. Columbia St. 985-730-7310
  • Apply online at MyMedicaid.la.gov or call 1-888-342-6207
Resthaven Living Center
  • No visitors policy into effect; no outside items
  • Four tablets have been set up so families can FaceTime loved ones.
  • Call at 985-732-3909 to schedule
Washington Community Health Center
  • Telemedicine appointments available call 1-877-580-2066 or 985-730-7310
  • Download the My Strength digital app at myStrength.com-Access code-AHLwashington
  • Wellness resources, self-help tools, online health trackers, personalized activities, uplifting daily quotes
  • Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Access Health Louisiana 
  • medication, free home delivery, prescription assistance programs, as well as hard-to-find medications.
  • Call the pharmacy directly at: 985-785-5826 or toll-free 1-833-556-6290
  • Visit accesshealthla.org
PHARMACY
  • Neilson City Drugs Store 330 Austin Street Bogalusa, LA 985-732-2562
  • ▪ Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Saturday 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • ▪ Curbside service and delivery only
  • ▪ Call in your orders ahead of time or download the mobile app (RX Local)
  • Forshag Drug Store 1919 Main Street Franklinton, LA 985-839-4486
  • ▪ Drive thru service window open only
  • ▪ Delivery available for those not physically able to come pick up medication
  • Rocky Med Shoppe 133 Cumberland St. Bogalusa, LA 985-732-5874
  • ▪ Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • ▪ Call ahead or use the app for faster service
  • ▪ Drive up window or free delivery service
  • City Drug Store 330 Austin St, Bogalusa, LA 70427 985-732-2561
  • ▪ Monday thru Friday 8:30 am-5:30 pm
  • ▪ Drive-thru and pick-up only. Delivery within city limits.
  • ▪ Call in and/or download the move app (RX Local) before you come to the store
  • C and F Pharmacy Inc. 424 Austin St, Bogalusa, LA 70427 985-732-2501
  • ▪ Drive-Thru and delivery only. $10 minimum for nonprescription purchases
  • ▪ Free Drug Discount Card
  • ▪ Visit FamilyWize to save on regular prescriptions
  • Sumrall’s Pharmacy, Angie, LA. 985-986-4433
  • ▪ Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:30pm
  • ▪ Drive-thru available
FOOD & SUPPLIES
  • The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans. Providing cancer patient resources and nutritional supplements (BOOST)
  • Bogalusa YMCA Feeding Program 411 Avenue B Bogalusa, LA 985-732-3741
  • ▪ Grab & Go Meals for children 18 years and under.
  • ▪ Monday-Friday 12:00-1:00 pm
  • ▪ Pick up meals between the post office and back of the YMCA
  • ▪ Parents can pick up the meals for the children 18 years and under
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
WIC (Women, Infant & Children)
  • Bogalusa WIC Clinic-626 Carolina Avenue, Bogalusa-985-732-6615
  • ▪  Providing curbside service
  • ▪  Office hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • Franklinton WIC Clinic-120 11th Street-Franklinton, LA-985-839-5646
  • ▪ Providing curbside service
  • ▪ Office hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday and Friday
  • Visit louisianawic.org
Bogalusa Help Center
  • 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Bogalusa, LA
  • ▪ Membership can be applied for on any Wednesday from 9-11:15 a.m.
  • ▪ No documentation needed
  • ▪ Cash donations urgently needed. Send to Bogalusa Help Center, P.O Box 1425, Bogalusa, LA 70429
  • ▪ Call 985-735-6404 8:00 am-12:00 pm on Wednesdays
  • ▪ Drive through accessible by 3rd Street
  • Visit our Facebook page
Washington Parish Food Bank & Thrift Store
  • 2208 Washington St., Franklinton, LA
  • ▪ Food distribution every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am-1:00 pm (excluding holiday)
  • ▪ New sign up on Tuesday only between 9:00 am-12:30 pm
  • ▪ Call 985-322-2017
Washington Parish Schools Meal Delivery
  • ▪ Drive through breakfast and lunch -Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00-11:15 am till April 8.
  • ▪ Locations: Enon Elementary, Franklinton Primary, Mt. Hermon, Thomas Elementary, and Wesley Ray Elementary school cafeterias
  • ▪ At least one child must be in the vehicle at time of pickup
Bogalusa City Schools Meal Delivery
  • ▪ Delivered meal continued through April 8, 2020
  • ▪ Meals delivered Monday-child receives two breakfasts, two lunches; Wednesday- three breakfasts, three lunches
  • ▪ Check the website at www.bogschools.org and our Facebook page for delivery locations and updates
Washington Parish Council on Aging
  • Meals on Wheels-homebound meals continue for those previously registered
  • Regular congregate meal clients will be delivered to homes via FedEx or UPS
  • Emergency shelf stable meals for qualified non-registered seniors available
  • To donate, to assist, to help provide meals for seniors call 985-732-6869
  • LA Transit rides are available for medical appointments, grocery, drug store, and bank.
  • Contact Washington Parish Council on Aging Monday-Friday 7:30 am-1:00 pm at 985-732-6869
LSU AgCenter COVID-19 Food Safety and Educational Resources
Online Grocery Orders & Pick-Up
SENIOR CITIZENS RESOURCES
  • Senior Store Hours
  • Walmart-Every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 am
  • Dollar General-Everyday-1st hour of operation. Bread comes on Mondays, Thursday’s, and Saturday’s. Milk comes on Mondays and Fridays. Dollar General truck comes on Thursday but it takes a few days to complete so please be patient we are doing the best we can.
  • Food Depot 100 Cumberland St. Bogalusa, LA 985-735-7443. o Store Hours 7 days a week 7:00 am-10 pm. Elderly, disabled and first responders’ preference shopping hours: 7:00-8:00 am daily
  • Jack Browns Food Store Franklinton, LA 985-839-4054. Store Hours Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-8:00 pm; Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm. Senior Hours-Monday-Saturday 7:00 am-8:00 am
Medicare:
  • Medicare covers the lab tests for Covid-19. You will pay not out-of-pocket costs.
  • ▪ Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the Coronavirus. These services expand the current telehealth covered services, to help you have access from more places, with a wider range of communication tools, to interact with a range of providers.
Social Security
  • Social Security beneficiaries will continue to receive their full monthly benefits.
  • Eldercare Locator 1-800-677-1116 or https://eldercare.acl.gov/ for community services
VETERANS INFORMATION & RESOURCES
  • Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.
  • Mail prescriptions will continue refills as normal. VA encourages all prescriptions to use the online prescription refill and tracking tool.
  • Questions or referrals call 985-871-0210
SCHOOLS & CHILDREN
  • Bogalusa City Schools Online Resources
  • LPB Learning at Home
  • Brilliant Mindz Community Center-512 East 6th St. Bogalusa. Providing educational resources for parents and children in bin outside front door. ADAPT sexual assault informational brochures available
  • Report Child Abuse Hotline 855-452-5437
  • Early Steps-985-429-1252. Providing tele-therapy services to infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have developmental delays. Accepting referrals for new clients
TRANSPORTATION
  • Louisiana Transit
  • Rides are available for medical appointments, grocery, drug store, and bank
  • All ages can ride; 60 yrs. and under ride free; 59 yrs. and under small fee
  • Contact Washington Parish Council on Aging Monday-Friday 7:30 am-1:00 pm at 985-732-6869
COUNSELING SERVICES
  • Keep Calm Through COVID hotline 1-866-310-7977. 24 hours a day/7 days a week-all calls are confidential
  • Beacon Behavioral Health. Bogalusa Intensive Outpatient Program available through telehealth services. Accepting new patients and referrals-call 985-735-1750 or 985-789-4121
  • Alcohol Anonymous. AA Online Support Group
  • ADAPT Tele-Counseling Available. Call 985-732-4961
ADDICTION & RECOVERY RESOURCES
  • List of online 12-Step meetings on various platforms: www.12Step.org
  • Al-Anon Electronic Meetings: This forum and recovery chat room for Narcotics Anonymous members features voice chat, Skype, and text chat meetings connecting people from all around the world
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup: List of online meetings from AA Intergroup
  • SMART Recovery: Message board, chat room, online meetings, and online library
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics: Phone and online meetings
  • In the Rooms: An online platform supporting a wide range of 12-step and non-12-step meetings
  • Bridge Club Virtual Meetings: Meetings that are specifically focused on women and LGBTQIA+ folks who are sober or are interested in sobriety
  • Refuge Recovery Online Meetings: Listing of daily online meetings
  • Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings: Online meetings for parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected, or former drug problem.
  • The Temper: An online publication/site that explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery. Includes links to resources.
  • My Recovery: Online 12-Step Meetings
  • Sober Grid: A free online social networking platform for people in recovery. Available in mobile app stores.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Listing of online meetings provided
  • Resources for Parents, Families, and Caregivers: Provides mobile (phone and text based) education and support for family members struggling with a loved one’s addiction as well as links to other virtual resources
CHURCHES
  • Prayer Line with a Louisiana Baptist Chaplin-1-800-410-3492. 8:00 am-8:00 pm-seven days a week. All calls confidential
  • Main Street Baptist Church-Bogalusa. All services and activities canceled for remainder of March.
  • Monroe Street Baptist Church-Bogalusa. All services online via Facebook or website. Sunday morning service live at 11:00 am
  • Superior Avenue Baptist Church-Bogalusa. Facebook Live-Sunday Morning Worship-10:30 am; Wednesday Nights in the Word- 6:00 pm
  • Memorial Baptist Church-Bogalusa. Facebook Live-Sunday Morning Worship-10:15 am. https://www.facebook.com/mbc.bogalusa/
  • Westside Emmanuel Baptist Church. Drive-In Church-Sundays at 10:30 am-Dirt Cheap Parking Lot in front of McMillan's. Parking open at 9: 00 am. To hear service, Tune into 88.1 FM. Wednesdays Interactive Bible Study at 6:00 pm. Drive-In Children's Church for kids in the backseat on YouTube.com/WestsideEmmanuelBaptistChurch
  • First Church. Facebook Live-Sunday Morning Worship-10:00 am; Wednesday 7:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/Bogalusa-First-Church-255840451452398/. Website- http://bogalusafirst.com/watch-live
BUSINESS
  • Small Business Association SBA loans applications visit SBA.gov/Disaster
  • Louisiana Economic Development Hotline 833-457-0531 or 225-342-4321, staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email LEDbiz@la.gov.
  • Washington Parish Economic Development Foundation at http://www.wedf.com/. Contact Ryan Seal at info@wedf.com or call 985-510-1088
UNEMPLOYMENT
UTILITY ASSISTANCE
  • Public Service Commission Office. Contact Erik Skrmetta at 1-800-228-9368. Visit website Louisiana Public Service Commission
  • City of Bogalusa 
  • ▪ Bogalusa Water Department’s drive thru window is open 8:00 am to 2:00 pm-Monday and Thursday for new water bill service (move in) and light permit
  • ▪ Payment of bills: Mail-in: mail to the post office box listed on the water bill along with receipt at the bottom of the bill. Checks/Money orders made to the city of Bogalusa with account number on the check/money order.
  • ▪ Payment of bills: Night deposit box (next to Bogalusa Water Dept. drive thru window-no cash)
  • ▪ Payment of bills: Online at Bogalusa.org- Bogalusa City Bill Payments
  • ▪ Payment of bills: Phone payments call 985-732-6211-$1.50 debit card processing fee
  • Entergy Hub:  entergy.com/lasmbiz. All customer disconnections halted if nonpayment is the result of the coronavirus. Customers can call 800-368-3749 or visit their COVID-19 site for more information. State Order halts all disconnects for nonpayment to utilities during this time. Not a grant, a credit, or a loan. The bill will eventually have to be paid when order is lifted. If you have the mean to pay the bill, please pay so that you will avoid a large bill later.
  • If payment assistance needed, contact utility provider or call the office of Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta at 1-800-228-9368. Contact each utility provider to let them know you are not paying due to a COVID-19 hardship to eliminate late fees.
  • Cox Communications. No termination of residences or small businesses service if unable to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. For those affected, Cox will waive late fees
  • Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Sprint and T-Mobile. ▪ WiFi service providers publicly committed to the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” to ensure customers aren’t cut off from communications services during the coronavirus pandemic. ▪ No shutoffs, late fees, and making Wi-Fi hotspots available to anyone who needs them. 
  • AT&T. ▪ Offering internet access for qualifying limited-income households at $10 a month through its Access from AT&T program. ▪ All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited data.
CRISIS & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
  • United Way of Washington Parish 985-732-2305
  • American Red Cross 800-306-2029
  • ADAPT Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Hotline 985-732-4961
  • Domestic Abuse-Safe Harbor, 985-626-5740
  • LA Domestic Violence Hotline/Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE), 985-542-8384 or 888-411-1333
HOUSING. Help for Homeowners and Renters
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency visit FHFA COVID-19
  • Fannie Mae call 1-800-232-9943 or visit Fannie Mae COVID-19
  • Fannie Mac 1-800-373-3343 or visit Freddie Mac COVID-19
TAXES
  • Federal and state taxes deadline extended to July 15, 2020
  • Free online tax filling at MyFreeTaxes.com
LEGAL SERVICES
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Service (SLLS) COVID-19 Hotline 1-844-244-7871. ▪ Free civil legal help for low income residents impacted by COVID-19. Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. ▪ Online application at www.slls.org
  • Pro Bono Project. ▪ Clients and individuals in need of legal assistance or self-help call 504-581-4043 or contact intake@probono-no.org and for self-represented litigants, selfhelp@probono-no.org.

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