Chuck Smith Red River Radio News Reporter

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ARK EXPANDS COVID-19 VACCINE PROGRAM - Arkansas has  expanded  its  distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to teachers and people aged 70 or older.  Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is 70, got his first dose of the vaccine Monday afternoon.  It has been reported that Arkansas has delivered almost  half of it’s allocation of Covid-19 vaccines.  On Sunday,  the Republican Governor Arkansas told Fox News Chris Wallace that more needs to be done to reach incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to vaccinate more people in the next 100 days.
 

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LA COVID-19 ON THE RISE - Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on Louisiana's employers to keep workers at home if possible.   But the Democratic governor Tuesday stopped short of tightening his current restrictions on businesses any further.  Edwards says he renewed the same coronavirus rules he’s had in place since late November because Covid-19 positivity test rates are up in every parish in the state.

"Without exception, every region in the state has a positivity that exceeds 10%, an increase in cases, an increase in hospitalizations, " Edwards explained.

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REVENUE DROPS - The coronavirus pandemic has created a nearly $1 billion deficit in the Texas state budget.  The forecast was presented online by Texas Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday.  It reflected how the nation’s energy hub remains hampered by a slow economic recovery and a half-million fewer jobs than a year ago.

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  WINTER STORM - While the snow is coming to an end across much of the area this morning, there remains some concern of slick road conditions through

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WEEKEND WEATHER  — Weather Forecasters say a weekend storm system will bring snow to some parts of the South and potentially severe thunderstorms to others.  The National Weather Service’s early forecast for the Red River Radio listening area indicates we may see some wintery weather beginning Saturday evening as overnight temperatures should drop into the upper 20’s and remain very cold on Sunday.    Meteorologist Matt Hemingway with the National Weather Service in Shreveport  gave this update.

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LA COVID COUNT - Yesterday, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the second-highest single-day increase in confirmed Coronavirus cases,  Louisiana has almost 300,000 confirmed cases and 7,273 confirmed Covid-19 related deaths.  Hospitalizations are closing in on 2,000 patients.  The LDH news came just before Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference in Baton Rouge where he addressed the rising numbers and mitigation response in  which he expressed some frustration at those who refuse to follow the public health safety guidelines such as mask-wearing and socia

Courtesy: Arkansas Dept. of Health

ARK COVID-19 VACCINES  — Arkansas has adjusted its rollout of the coronavirus vaccine as the state's hospitalizations  from the virus has continued hitting record levels. Yesterday Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson said the state will move police, firefighters and other first responders to the first phase of vaccines being administered, and other phases will be scheduled according to a plan that will public can see online.

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NW LA COVID-19 SURGES -  The  number of Covid-19 cases is on the rise in Northwest Louisiana.  According to the most recent information from the Louisiana Department of Public Health  high positive results from testing for the week of December 28th to January 4th reveal that for Bossier Parish  there were 666 new cases from 3,870 tests which is a 17%  positive test percentage.  Health experts say a 5% or less positive test rate is preferred so restrictions could be eased.

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LA COVID RESTRICTIONS— Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is renewing his current COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities, and he's warning: the holidays threaten to exacerbate Louisiana’s latest coronavirus surge. During his regular scheduled Covid-19 update press conference yesterday, the Democratic governor made these announcements as Louisiana reached its highest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since April.

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COVID IN NWLA – There’s been an increase in the coronavirus positivity rates in Northwest Louisiana.  According to test results from the week  December 14th to 21st  released by the Louisiana Department of Health,  Bossier Parish had 632 new cases on 4,521 tests resulting in a 14% positive test percentage.  For comparison  a week ago Bossier Parish had a 10.7% positive test percentage.  According to health experts a 5% positive test percentage is the preferred standard.  There were 15 Covid-19 related deaths in Bossier Parish last week bringing up it’s Covid-19 death total

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