BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana continues to see high numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. And, state health officials confirmed a case of the more contagious U.K. variant of the virus. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana reminds state residents to take strong precautions against getting or spreading COVID-19.
“While the COVID-19 vaccines are being given to more Louisianians, we know it will take time to make them widely available to the general public,” said Dr. Stephanie Mills, Blue Cross executive vice president and chief medical officer. “Until then, we can all play a role in protecting public health and keeping our loved ones safe. Follow the precautions that we know effectively slow the spread—wear a mask, keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands.”
About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Blue Cross joins the Baton Rouge Health District and its member organizations in encouraging everyone to feel safe, prepared and comfortable getting the COVID-19 vaccine when you can.
Here are some things to be aware of:
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit the Baton Rouge Health District’s COVID Safe website, brcovidsafe.com. When you get the COVID-19 vaccine, share a picture on your personal social channels using the hashtag #COVIDSAFE to show how you are protecting our community.
Slow the Spread
Steps you can take to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19 include:
The state of Louisiana launched a COVID Defense mobile app for contact tracing. The free app is available for Apple and Android devices. The app uses Bluetooth technology to let you know if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
You can post Blue Cross’ #MaskUp graphics to your personal social media to encourage taking precautions. Find and download the graphics at www.bcbsla.com/covid19. Blue Cross has also produced Spanish versions of the social graphics, which are available to download and share.
You can visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana YouTube channel to see short videos with the medical directors and others discussing COVID-19 prevention and other health topics. Subscribe to know when new videos are added. You can also connect with Blue Cross on social media for regular updates on COVID-19 and other health topics.
For more on what Blue Cross is doing for members during COVID-19, visit www.bcbsla.com/covid19.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We were recognized in 2019 and 2020 as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media.