COVID-19 Louisiana

COVID-19 Louisiana

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LA COVID SPIKE PREDICTION   The Louisiana Legislature’s  special  session has been underway  for a few days and  committee meetings have been taking place  this week as lawmakers  question the state’s response to the Coronavirus, in particular Governor John Bel Edwards’  Emergency Mitigation Orders as businesses have had to shut down or operate at limited capacities which affects  the economy, employment rates and tax revenues.      During a Louisiana House Education Committee meeting in Baton Rouge yesterday,  the state’s top Public Health Officer Dr.

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Airs Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. Students are going back to school, whether in person or online. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Host Shelley Visconte will address issues affecting children and parents, as the schoolyear starts, with guests Michelle Yetman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU Health Shreveport; Stephanie Curry, Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Instructor of Communication Disorders at LSU Health Shreveport, and Adam Blancher, PhD, Counseling Psychologist, Clinical Associate Professor at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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LSU COVID CASES-   Officials  with Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge have reported Covid-19 cases have had a sharp jump among the student population over the past five days  as the school begins the in-person fall semester.  There were 47 coronavirus cases reported  between  August 15th to August 24th.  From August 25th to the 30th  182 new infections have been reported bringing the total to 229 positive Covid-19 cases among students, faculty, and staff.

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GHALI SPEAKS AT RNC - The Republican National Convention kicked off last night in Charlotte North Carolina.  It had several different speakers taking to the podium to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump.  One speaker had a Northwest Louisiana connection.  Dr. G. E. Ghali is Chancellor of Louisiana-LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, he delivered a nearly four-minute speech last night at the RNC where he repeatedly praised President Trump for his coronavirus response.

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COVID IN NWLA -  Louisiana has surpassed more than 140,000 Covid-19 confirmed cases since the Coronavirus arrived in the state in early March.  Yesterday the Louisiana Department of Health reported 918 new cases which was the fourth straight single-day total below 1,000 daily cases.  Twenty-eight more related deaths were reported bringing the Louisiana’s Covid-19 death toll to 4,496.

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Airs Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 6 p.m. Schools have reopened, and some students are attending in person, while others have chosen to study online. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by Dr. T.L. Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Public Schools, Clay Corley, Superintendent of Desoto Parish Schools, Dr. Martha Whyte, Medical Director for the Region 7 Office of Public Health, and Trish Farnsworth-Smith, Operations Director for the LSUS Pandemic Action Team. We will talk about safety measures that are in place to protect students and faculty during the pandemic. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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LIMITS ABSENTEE VOTING ELIGIBILITY - Louisiana lawmakers are plowing ahead with a contested emergency plan to run the state’s fall elections during the pandemic. However the plan offered by Republicans on the House and Governmental Affairs Committee in a near party-bloc vote Wednesday - eliminates most of the coronavirus-related reasons for a person to request an absentee ballot.   The Plan has little chance of being used for the Nov. 3 presidential election or a Dec. 5 state election because Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, intends to block it. 

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SLIGHT DECREASE IN NUMBERS -  The current number of Louisiana coronavirus  cases is 139,125  |  there are 4,431 related fatalities  | 1,204 hospitalizations  and  103,512 recoveries. Louisiana has been called a “Red Zone” state for the recent surge in Covid-19.  But during his scheduled update yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards had some good news to share.

"Ths statewide percent (Covid-19) positivity has dropped below 10% to 9.4%, " Edwards explained. "And in fact that's below that 10% threshold."

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PARTICIPANTS NEEDED -  A new Covid-19 treatment will be studied at Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport and participants are needed for the clinical trial.  Dr. Joseph Bocchini and Clint Wilson, MD, of Family Medical Associates, are principal investigators for the study.  Dr. Bocchini, is also infectious disease specialist at Willis-Knighton. He explains the clinical trial involves studying whar  affect monoclonal antibodies have on Covid-19.

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LSU RA’S WALK OUT - As college students move into dorms for a fall semester starting as early as next week questions are being raised about whether Louisiana’s largest campus is ready to handle problems if students start testing positive for COVID-19.