COVID-19 Resources

Louisiana's oil and natural gas industry is taking every precaution to protect our workers, their families and our community while safely delivering the energy America depends on.

The industry is taking careful steps to prepare for, respond to and mitigate the unique challenges of the COVID-19 global outbreak.

The industry is following recommendations from state and federal officials, as well as taking extra precautions to protect our workforce through social distancing, work from home policies, limited site visitors at facilities and limited access to key sites, conducting health screenings, and alternating shifts of rotating workgroups.

Industry Social Investment

Louisiana's oil and natural gas industry is stepping up to support Louisiana communities struggling with economic and health challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak. From donations to local organizations and non-profits to contributions of much-needed PPE for healthcare workers on the front line, LMOGA member companies from across the state are committed to supporting our communities during this crisis.

  • The BP Foundation will donate $2 million USD to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which supports medical professionals and patients worldwide by providing critical aid and supplies. The Solidarity Response Fund also helps track and understand the spread of the COVID-19 virus and supports efforts to develop tests, treatments, and ultimately, a vaccine.
  • In an effort to assist communities across Southeast Louisiana amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit has committed $350,000, in total, to Bayou Community Foundation, Northshore Community Foundation, Northshore Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank to supply resources to local families and individuals in need.
  • ExxonMobil is helping to meet demand for products like medical hand sanitizers, alcohol wipes and disinfectant sprays by manufacturing a key ingredient, isopropyl alcohol (IPA), and providing it to the customers and areas that need it most. In Louisiana, ExxonMobil is partnering with GOHSEP to coordinate this effort. The IPA will be delivered by Brenntag Southwest to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center where Prison Enterprises will blend and package the product to make thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer for distribution. As part of a commitment to help flatten the curve during this trying time, ExxonMobil has also made hand sanitizer donations to the local school system and the Baton Rouge Health District.
  • Starting the week of March 23, Marathon Petroleum has deployed its entire stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, healthcare organizations and its own facilities across the country. Over 500,000 pieces of PPE, including N95 respirator masks and gloves have either been delivered or are in transit to 45 hospitals and healthcare organizations in 20 states.
  • Phillips 66 Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, along with other industrial companies, recently donated needed, critical, medical supplies for healthcare providers to remain healthy as they fight the coronavirus on the front lines. PPE including nearly 10,000 pairs of surgical gloves, almost 100 respirators, over 400 protective suits, 90 P100 filters, 100 white Tyvek coveralls, as well as 6,000 N95 masks are among the quantities and types of supplies donated.
  • Phillips 66 donated $10,000 to the Family & Youth Counseling Agency which will directly benefit the Shannon Cox Counseling Center Grief & Trauma Initiative. The Shannon Cox Counseling Center, a Division of Family & Youth is a safe place where children can express their emotions and address their traumatic experiences. Phillips 66 also provided a $20,000 grant to United Way’s Coronavirus Response Fund and a $10,000 donation to the Community Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund. Funds donated to United Way of Southwest Louisiana or Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana will support the diligent work of local non-profits on the frontlines of this crisis: daily meals at Salvation Army of Lake Charles, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Care Help of Sulphur, God’s Food Box in DeRidder and the Calcasieu Council on Aging or Walmart gift cards for groceries from Catholic Charities are some examples of current nonprofits receiving support from these relief funds.
  • Sempra Energy Foundation will donate up to $250,000 to help small to medium-sized nonprofits in Louisiana as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The grants for Louisiana nonprofits will be part of a larger $1.75 million Nonprofit Hardship Fund from the Sempra Energy Foundation that will be made available to charities in the areas of the United States where Sempra Energy and its family of companies operate.
  • Valero Energy Corporation and the Valero Energy Foundation are committing $300,000 to support local organizations in the greater New Orleans area on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic response. The support is part of an overall $1.8 million commitment to help people who need it most, primarily in cities where the company operates. In addition, Valero also is providing gas cards to selected charitable organizations to provide access to essential fuels and products for their operations.

About COVID-19 – Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website