COVID-19 Louisiana

COVID-19 Louisiana

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LA HIGHER EDUCATION – While colleges and universities are working towards reopening in the fall,  there is considerable concern over what the after-effect of the coronavirus pandemic will have on higher education and in particular enrollment and funding.   This past Wednesday,  higher education officials met in Baton Rouge to discuss money with Louisiana House Appropriations committee members.  LSU Interim President Tom Galligan explained what  impact  the pandemic  had  on the university’s accounting ledger. 

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Airs Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 6 p.m. In our current time of a global pandemic and civil unrest, people are likely to be feeling more stress and anxiety. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Our host Dr. Shelley Visconte will be joined by Clint Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Natashia Fields, Licensed Professional Counselor, both with Clint Davis Counseling and Integrative Wellness, to talk about mental health during this time. Questions and comments will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.


PHASE 2 PLANS TO REOPEN - Bars, massage facilities, bowling alleys, recreational pools and tattoo shops will be able to open soon in most of Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced a loosening of current restrictions related to the fight against the new coronavirus.

"I'm pleased to report that we are seeing signs of progress," Edwards said. "Louisiana is heading in the right direction but I have to caveat that by saying there's still a lot of Covid-19 in Louisiana. It's in every community across the state and so we wtill have work to do."

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RARE ILLNESS IN KIDS—   Louisiana health officials say 13 children in the state have developed a rare inflammatory disease related to the new coronavirus, and one has died.  Gov. John Bel Edwards gave an update Wednesday on Louisiana cases of what is now known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children.

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WEARING MASKS -  As more businesses and facilities reopen in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, people getting out in public more may or may not choose to wear face masks unless the facility or store they visit requires it.  There are all kinds of opinions on the matter and although mask-wearing is not enforceable in Louisiana,  Governor John Bel Edwards recently shared his thoughts on the matter at a Covid-19 update last week. 

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COVID19 IN NURSING HOMES - According to the Louisiana Department of Health there are 436 nursing homes and adult care facilities in the state.   And for the first time since April 1st, LDH is identifying all of the state’s nursing homes with COVID-19 cases.   Along with the names of facilities, the department is also releasing  the number of residents and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of residents who have died from the disease.  64% of the state's nursing homes have been infected by the coronavirus and the Highland Place Rehabilitation and Nurs

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FILES LAWSUIT - A Louisiana minister is suing state and local officials, claiming they threatened and harassed him about the pandemic ban on large gatherings.  The Advocate reports that pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge  also claims that his phone was tapped and a camera illegally installed at his home, and that he was followed.  Officials of several agencies named in the suit denied the allegations in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed late last week in federal court in Baton Rouge.

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AMERICA REOPENING -  Many people are anticipating reopening the nation’s  economy after weeks of business closures and disruptions to normal operations  by Covid-19 Emergency Stay At Home orders  which were issued  to  stop the spread of the coronavirus.  While the rate of Covid-19 infections appears to be slowing for many states,  there are still some risks involved as restrictions get relaxed and more people go out in public.  Health experts  and  especially  historians  warn about America  re-opening too soon.  Dr.

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GAMING INDUSTRY DELAY-   A big part of Louisiana’s economy includes the gaming industry, as there are 20 casinos and 199 truck stop video facilities that generate $700 million in annual state taxes.  The gaming business also employs a lot of people both directly and indirectly so there’s a lot at stake at having these businesses reopen  even  if partially as outlined in Governor John Bel Edwards  Phase One Coronavirus guidelines.