COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

March 19, 2020 – The health and safety of HPBExpo attendees and exhibitors are of primary importance to us every year, and more so this year. We have been continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation before, during and since HPBExpo 2020.

We’ve learned that there were presumptive cases of COVID-19 at HPBExpo in New Orleans. Due to privacy considerations, we cannot release the names of the individuals. We currently do not know whether these individuals had symptoms at the Expo or whether they attended during the COVID-19 incubation period. We are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution and urge all to monitor your symptoms. We are also in contact with the relevant health authorities to provide them with this information and to obtain further guidance.

These are challenging and unprecedented times for our community. We appreciate your attention and support during this difficult time and wish those impacted a speedy recovery. HPBA will continue to share updated information on this page.

If you have flu-like symptoms, reach out to your medical provider for advice on next steps. Please refer to the following CDC recommendations for protecting yourself and others.

It is important to understand the symptoms, risks and proactive steps you can take to stay healthy.


To protect yourself and others from any virus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Stay home, or away from other individuals, if you are sick

For additional information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Infectious Diseases Society of America
World Health Organization
Advice for Public

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