COVID-19 Louisiana

COVID-19 Louisiana

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LA SCHOOL COVID PRECAUTIONS— Despite the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases Louisiana education leaders are leaving decisions on mask mandates, physical distancing and other measures aimed at lessening COVID-19 spread  to local public school districts  for the upcoming year.   The Department of Education sent updated guidance to K-12 school systems that recommends but doesn’t mandate face coverings for all unvaccinated adults and students in grades 3 through 12 while inside school facilities.

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  LEADS IN COVID SPIKES  — Louisiana has beaten back several spikes of the coronavirus disease.

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LA VACCINE INCENTIVES -  Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana’s weekly press conference in Baton Rouge  opened with much fanfare yesterday,  setting the stage for  a special announcement of an new incentive program  called: “Shot at a Million” , The program’s aim is to get more people vaccinated  in Louisiana  as less than 34% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

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 LA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS— Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to the state’s jobless benefits.   The governor's office announced Wednesday that Edwards signed the bill. Republican state lawmakers agreed to support a $28 increase in Louisiana’s maximum weekly unemployment benefits starting in January.   That would increase the payment to a maximum of $275 a week.

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PANDEMIC AID DOLLARS — Louisiana lawmakers have charted the spending of nearly $1.7 billion in federal pandemic aid in their just-ended legislative session. They sent $563 million to road and bridge work and steered $490 million to help shore up the state's nearly bankrupt unemployment trust fund. For the remaining dollars, they created a complex network of programs to send money to ports, water system upgrades, tourism marketing efforts and broadband projects in underserved areas.

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(From LSU-Health Shreveport office of Public Affairs, Communications and Development 
June 8, 2021)

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COVID CASES IN NW LA-  According to the latest data from the Louisiana Department of Health – there’s been an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in eight of ten Northwest Louisiana parishes over the past two weeks dating to Sunday May 23rd.  The most populated parishes – Caddo and Bossier showed Covid case increases of 12% and 35% respectively.  The only northwest Louisiana parish to show a decrease in COVID-19 cases for the 14-day period was DeSoto Parish with a 4% drop. 

  May 24 – LSU Health Shreveport offers COVID-19 vaccinations to the public Monday through Friday May 29th  from 10 AM to 6PM at the LSUHS North Campus location. The Center of Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT) also has scheduled vaccine opportunities for students and staff of participating Caddo and Bossier high schools. While vaccine offerings within schools are closed to the public, more information may be provided upon request.


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 LA COVID VACCINES — Louisiana's state epidemiologist and her 12-year-old daughter are stressing the need for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Theresa  Sokol and her daughter Elise spoke at a Thursday news conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards in Baton Rouge. Elise  talked about being part of a clinical trial for a vaccine and shared her Covid vaccine experience.

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LSU Health Sheveport's Center for Emerging Viral Threats will continue administering COVID-19

vaccines this week across Shreveport and Bossier

City at multiple sites in each city.  The CEVT also has scheduled vaccine opportunities for students and staff of participating Caddo and Bossier high schools.  Also there are 1,492 vaccine providers across Louisiana who will have available doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week.