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  • LSTA COVID-19 Updates

     


    April 6, 2020

    LSTA Member and Account Manager for The Safariland Group, Dustin Dinnat, has shared the attached guidelines on disinfecting armor and other products.

    Disinfecting Communications Products

    Disinfecting Body Armor  

    Hatch Gloves Cleaning Recommendations  


    UPDATED 4/2/2020- 

    To all of our LSP Family, 

    We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you. Without a doubt, we are all experiencing uncertain times while dealing with the COVID-19 situation. During this time we will all endure some kind of financial, economic, emotional or family related stress.

    Please be aware that during times of elevated and unusual stress, you may experience feelings of isolation, sadness, depression and in some extreme cases thoughts of suicide. No matter how small, please acknowledge your feelings and take them seriously. The small things you notice may be the tip of the iceberg indicating a bigger unseen problem and allow some level of prevention. Please pay attention to those around you for signs of those same feelings. 

    Don’t forget, we have the Troopers and Employees Assistance Program. The T.E.A.P. has many good resources for you to access and use. 

    TEAP Information Packet

    TEAP Roster has the entire list of TEAP Members and Chaplains who are available to assist.

    Mental Health Resources List is a statewide list of resources for mental health

    We were also advised that Licensed Professional Counselor Kim McDuffie (Retired LSP Lieutenant) is available for free referral assistance as well. Her number is 504-495-3019.

    FREE Teletherapy Options

    Holy Cross College in New Orleans is providing free tele-therapy over the phone for New Orleans area residents. The phone-in counseling sessions are being offered Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. by calling 504-398-2168. Call this number for more information. The caller will take your information and provide more information. If no one answers immediately, make sure to leave your phone number and tell them you are interested in counseling. They will call you back to set it up within 24 hours. It is completely HIPAA compliant and confidential.

    The Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health is offering “Keep calm through COVID-19” crisis hotline. They have a crisis hotline to arrange for free tele-theapy.  OBH Teletherapy or call 1-866-310-7977 24/7.

    Helpful Articles

    Psychology Today has this helpful article  Seven ways to cope with Covid-19

    CDC COVID-19 Resource for Law Enforcement

    These are hotlines for help outside of the agency:

    COPLINE a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving law enforcement officers and their families by providing 24/7 trained peer support for crisis intervention along with referrals to specifically skilled mental health professionals for follow up and continued assistance.

    (866)390-7977

    SAFECALLNOW is a CONFIDENTIAL, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral  service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide

    (209)459-3020

    Suicide Prevention Hotline

    1-800-273-TALK(8255) 

    You can use these hotlines for a confidential way to vent, or give it to someone else if you even remotely feel they may need it. 

    We have so many people out of work in our communities and that includes many close friends and family members. They need your support as well. 

    Call any member of the T.E.A.P. Team, the hotline or ANYONE you are comfortable talking to and vent out those feelings when you get beyond the normal levels of stress. 

    Sincerely,

    Troopers’ and Employees’ Assistance Program


    April 2, 2020
     
    There is a lot of information circulating on how to avoid exposure to COVID-19 but, it is also important to share guidelines on how to effectively clean and disinfect relative to the virus.
    This CDC link has very specific recommendations for basic cleaning and disinfecting to prevent COVID-19 as well as guidelines if you have a symptomatic or COVID confirmed person in isolation within your home.
    This EPA link provides a list of disinfectants that meet their criteria for use against the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.
    The final link has tips on using disinfectant products safe and effectively.

    April 1, 2020

     

    What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other areas, including the United States.


    Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness.

    ·       Data suggests that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

    ·       Symptoms can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath.

    ·       The virus causing COVID-19 is called SARS-CoV-2. It is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts. Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and can land in the mouths or noses, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, of people who are nearby. Close contact may include:

    ·       Being within approximately 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.

    ·       Having direct contact with body fluids (such as blood, phlegm, and respiratory droplets) from an individual with COVID-19.


    To protect yourself from exposure

    ·       If possible, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet.

    ·       Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available and illicit drugs are NOT suspected to be present, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    ·       Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

    ·       Have a trained Emergency Medical Service/ Emergency Medical Technician (EMS/EMT) assess and transport anyone you think might have COVID-19 to a healthcare facility.

    ·       Ensure only trained personnel wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) have contact with individuals who have or may have COVID-19.

    ·       Learn your employer’s plan for exposure control and participate in all-hands training on the use of PPE for respiratory protection, If available.


    Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Law enforcement who must make contact with individuals confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 should follow CDC’s Interim Guidance for EMS. Different styles of PPE may be necessary to perform operational duties. These alternative styles (i.e. coveralls) must provide protection that is at least as great as that provided by the minimum amount of PPE recommended.

    The minimum PPE recommended is:

    ·       A single pair of disposable examination gloves,

    ·       Disposable isolation gown or single-use/disposable coveralls*,

    ·       Any NIOSH-approved particulate respirator (i.e., N-95 or higher-level respirator), and

    ·       Eye protection (i.e., goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face)

    *If unable to wear a disposable gown or coveralls because it limits access to duty belt and gear, ensure duty belt and gear are disinfected after contact with individual.


    If close contact occurred during apprehension

    ·       Clean and disinfect duty belt and gear prior to reuse using a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the product label.

    ·       Follow standard operating procedures for the containment and disposal of used PPE.

    ·       Follow standard operating procedures for containing and laundering clothes. Avoid shaking the clothes.


    For law enforcement personnel performing daily routine activities, the immediate health risk is considered low. Law enforcement leadership and personnel should follow CDC’s Interim General Business Guidance.

    Resources

    ·       For the most up-to-date information, visit www.cdc.gov/covid19.

    ·       For more information about COVID-19 in Louisiana visit: Http://www.ldh.la.gov/coronavirus

    ·       For questions from the general public about COVID-19 call: (855)-523-2652



    COVID-19 RESOURCES

    LA-SAFE is providing the following list of resources available to those who have been affected by COVID-19

    and need assistance.

     

    Louisiana 211 Network: Contact the Louisiana 211 Network with questions about coronavirus by dialing 2-1-1

    or texting the keyword LACOVID to 898211.

     

    Louisiana Workforce Commission: To file an unemployment claim, go to www.louisianaworks.net/hire or call

    1-866-783-5567.

     

    Medicaid Resources: Persons who have lost a job or have reduced hours may be eligible for Medicaid. They can

    apply by phone by calling 1-888-342-6207 or online at MyMedicaid.la.gov.

     

    SNAP (Food Assistance): Louisiana residents can text GETSNAP to 898211, email [email protected], or

    call 1-888-LA-HELP-U (1-888-524-3578) for information on receiving food assistance.

     

    Small Businesses: Business owners impacted by COVID-19 can obtain information on assistance at

    SBA.gov/Disaster and https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid-19-assistance. Louisiana Economic

    Development (LED) has launched a hotline for Louisiana businesses. Companies can call (225) 342-4321

    between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with questions related to the impact of COVID-19 or visit LED's website at

    opportunitylouisiana.com.

     

    Homeowners: Those who are affected by COVID-19 can contact the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

    for more information on assistance by visiting www.fhfa.gov/coronavirus.

     

    Keeping Calm through COVID Hotline: Anyone feeling overwhelmed with stress, fear, or anxiety surrounding

    the public health emergency can contact 1-866-310-7977. Trained counselors are available 24/7. All calls are

    confidential.


    March 31, 2020
     
    COVID-19 Information Sources
    There are multiple avenues to access information or pose questions regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. Louisiana citizens can dial 211, 24/7 to reach a live 211 specialist to discuss available help and information for COVID-19. Citizens can also text the keyword “LACOVID” to 898-211 to have instant access to the most current information available in our state. 

    More Helpful Links:
    https://www.coronavirus.gov (White House, CDC & FEMA)
    http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/ (Data updated daily at Noon)

    COVID-19 & Underlying Conditions 
    Diabetes is prevalent in Louisiana. When most people think of "underlying conditions", they are probably not thinking of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Visit the article link below to learn more on underlying conditions related to coronavirus deaths.  
    1. Diabetes: 40%
    2. Obesity: 25%
    3. Chronic Kidney Disease: 23%
    4. Cardiac: 21%
    5. Pulmonary: 12%
    6. Neurological: 6%
    7. Immunocompromised: 4%
    8. Chronic Liver Disease: 2%

    Three percent of people who have died in Louisiana had no underlying health conditions. (As of 3/30/20)


    March 30, 2020

    Members:

    We realize your inbox is being inundated with messages; however, the LSTA will continue to send information that we feel is important to the wellbeing of yourself and your family. The message below is exceptionally important and we are grateful to the Troopers and Employees Assistance Program for providing this information to share with you. 

    Stay safe.  

    To all of our LSP Family, 

    We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you. Without a doubt, we are all experiencing uncertain times while dealing with the COVID-19 situation. During this time we will all endure some kind of financial, economic, emotional or family related stress.

    Please be aware that during times of elevated and unusual stress, you may experience feelings of isolation, sadness, depression and in some extreme cases thoughts of suicide. No matter how small, please acknowledge your feelings and take them seriously. The small things you notice may be the tip of the iceberg indicating a bigger unseen problem and allow some level of prevention. Please pay attention to those around you for signs of those same feelings. 

    Don’t forget, we have the Troopers and Employees Assistance Program. The T.E.A.P. has many good resources for you to access and use. 

    TEAP Information Packet

    TEAP Roster

    This is the hotline for help outside of the agency:

    1-800-273-TALK(8255)

    Use this hotline for a confidential way to vent, or give it to someone else if you even remotely feel they may need it. 

    We have so many people out of work in our communities and that includes many close friends and family members. They need your support as well. 

    Call any member of the T.E.A.P. Team, the hotline or ANYONE you are comfortable talking to and vent out those feelings when you get beyond the normal levels of stress. 

    Sincerely,

    Troopers’ and Employees’ Assistance Program


    March 30, 2020

    Please refer to the video link below that provides instruction per CDC guidelines of donning and doffing PPE. This is extremely beneficial knowledge for anyone who may be wearing any items of protection during this time.  


    March 30, 2020

     

    Fellow LSTA members,


    We hope this message finds all of you and your families healthy and safe.  Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the LSTA Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel our 2020 convention and will instead have a general business meeting of delegates at a date and location to be determined.  We will keep you informed of the agenda and details of this meeting.  We have already touched on many important topics over the last couple of months at troop affiliate meetings across the state, and we look forward to revisiting previous issues as well as discussing new ones. The decision to cancel the convention did not come easily but seemed to be the responsible choice, and the plan is to hold it at Troop G in 2021. 


    In the recent and coming weeks, the LSTA will continue to work with the LSP Command Staff to ensure proper steps are taken to protect the health and safety of our members.  Your affiliate presidents have brought forth many issues of concern, and we will do our best to have them addressed.  As we stay in step with the department to avoid duplication of our efforts, we would also like to hear from you regarding your concerns as well as solutions you may have.  We are ordering/searching for personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant, but if there are other needs we may be able to fill, we need to know.  Collectively we are a resourceful bunch, and as the LSTA we often have more flexibility than the department.


    During these uncertain times, we implore our members not to act as if it is “business as usual” in the field. It is our responsibility to remind our members to take steps to limit any potential exposure to COVID-19. Please protect yourselves until this health crisis is eliminated.   Take as much ownership of your own well-being as you can.  Protect yourselves so you can protect your families.  We must do our jobs, and sometimes we are compelled to take actions that put us at risk, but always, always use your discretion.  


    If possible, wear PPE when circumstances logically require it, wear gloves when interacting with anyone, including taking someone into custody or taking possession of someone’s property.  Consider whether making that traffic stop is worth it.  There’s a good chance this pandemic will get worse before it gets better, and we want you to take care of you.  The public and your families will need you more in the coming days.  Don’t take unnecessary risks.   Supervisors, please take care of those under your command and use them wisely; our troopers are our greatest assets.  We’ve heard this over and over—practice social distancing, stay home, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and disinfect everything.  These are the actions that’ll help keep us safe.  We’ll be sending out reminders and suggestions for you and your families.  Many of these are things you’re already aware of, but it won’t hurt to hear them again.


    We understand these recommendations are not typical for law enforcement organizations to make, but this global health crisis is anything but typical.  Our priority as an association should be the health, safety and welfare of our Troopers and their family members.  We will continue to advocate and work to protect your interests as well as support our communities.  We will do a better job keeping you informed of what we are doing for you and on ways you can protect yourselves as you serve on the front lines.


    We greatly appreciate your continued understanding and support as we work through these difficult times. We will continue to encourage the department to make the health and safety of our Troopers their first priority.  As unusual assignments and working conditions present themselves, we will be with you.  We will work with the department to make sure our members have the proper knowledge, equipment, and accommodations necessary for protection against this unseen enemy. The LSTA Member Facebook page as well as our website, www.LATroopers.org, will provide helpful information. Contact Hillary if you need assistance accessing these sites. Stay in touch and be safe.


    Jay


    March 17, 2020

    LSTA Operations - COVID-19

    In an effort to keep our staff and our members safe, we are shifting to a remote operation until further notice. Although we are not accepting office visitors, we will remain able to assist you via phone and email. Should you need merchandise, please call the office (225)928-2000 to place your order. We will identify the most expeditious manner to accommodate you. Thanks for your understanding.