St. Bernard Parish’s Response to the Coronavirus

Morning Update March 20, 2020

Here is the latest information related to St. Bernard Parish’s response to the Coronavirus.

St. Bernard Transit (Bus Service)
St. Bernard Transit is running on a holiday schedule with an express bus running from Poydras to Arabi at 6:00 a.m.  Starting at 7:00 a.m. in Poydras buses will arrive at stops every two hours with the last Arabi to Poydras bus departing at 6 p.m. from Mehle St and St. Claude Avenue.  

SBA Disaster Assistance 
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Louisiana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.  The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 21, 2020.

Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund
There is a $500 one time grant for hospitality workers who earn below $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a household with children.  To find out if you qualify, visit

Coronavirus Cases
St. Bernard Parish has a total of 5 cases of residents who tested positive. 

Wal-Mart Stores will allow seniors 60 and older to shop one hour from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 24th.   The store hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Limited Operations
St. Bernard Parish Assessor’s Office is operating by phone only 504-279-6379.

Suspended Operations
Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles – conduct business at

Stressed about COVID-19? Call 1-866-310-7977 (24/7)

If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear, and anxiety about the uncertainty surrounding this public health emergency, there is a special Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline you can call. This connects you to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and who can direct you to mental health and substance abuse counseling services. 

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Help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus by

  • Practicing Social Distancing
  • Stay out of public parks and playgrounds
  • Refrain from gatherings of 10 or more people
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick