Health Care

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s Phase 3: Restaurants, retail shops and churches will be at 75 percent capacity

BY: - September 11, 2020

Restaurants, retail shops and churches will be among the venues moving from 50 percent occupancy to 75 percent occupancy under the state’s new Phase 3 COVID-19 rules that will be released Friday afternoon, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in an interview with WWL Radio. The governor is expected to shared the full details of Phase […]

Alex Billioux

As Louisiana’s COVID-19 response continues, the state’s top public health official is resigning

BY: - September 9, 2020

The person who oversees Louisiana’s public health office  — and the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic — is leaving his job. Alex Billioux, a medical doctor and the assistant secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health, will step down at the end of the month, the health department confirmed Wednesday. He has been in […]

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Louisiana Prisons Need To Do More COVID-19 Releases, Advocates Say

BY: - September 3, 2020

The Department of Corrections says there are 9,000 fewer people detained in Louisiana prisons and jails than when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, but over half of that reduction is the result of changes to how parole violations, immigration infractions and pre-trial detention are handled. There hasn’t been a dramatic change […]

Water outages force hospital evacuations in Southwest Louisiana

BY: - August 28, 2020

More than six dozen public water systems in Louisiana were knocked out of service when Hurricane Laura tore through the state Thursday, and the inability of those jurisdictions to provide clean water forced 10 hospitals to evacuate some or all of their patients, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The health department said Thursday […]

Sharon Weston Broome

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome removes name from anti-abortion letter

BY: - August 17, 2020

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome asked that her name be removed from a letter sent by several Democrats to national party leaders Friday urging them to avoid making the right to an abortion a part of the party’s platform. The letter requests that the Democratic National Committee acknowledge that Americans have “differing views” […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Edwards Urges Democratic Party To Soften Abortion Stance

BY: - August 15, 2020

Update: East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has had her name removed from the letter to the Democratic National Committee asking her political party to change its stance on abortion. Original Story:  Gov. John Bel Edwards and several other Louisiana Democratic officials who oppose abortion have asked their national party leaders to avoid making […]

Mystery illness kills fourth child in Louisiana

BY: - August 10, 2020

A fourth child has died in Louisiana from a coronavirus-related condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), according to a report released Monday from the Louisiana Department of Health. The LDH did not identify the child or the locations in which the deaths have occurred. MIS-C is a serious health condition in children under […]

Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

Business is booming in Louisiana’s truck-stop casinos

BY: - August 7, 2020

There are no windows, and the lights are turned way down at this truck-stop casino in Port Allen. It’s the middle of a weekday afternoon. Mirrors line the walls to make it look bigger than it is, but this video poker hall is smaller than your average McDonald’s. It contains a bar (now closed), spacious […]

COVID-19 cases are straining the state’s healthcare capacity, Gov. Edwards warns

BY: - July 24, 2020

As the state of Louisiana reached a grim milestone of more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials from the two biggest hospitals in Acadiana said Thursday that the surging number of cases, including among health-care workers, is putting Louisiana at risk of running out of staff to treat incoming […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana sets a daily coronavirus case record

BY: - July 22, 2020

Louisiana set a new record Wednesday when it reported 2,802 new COVID-19 cases, that is, cases that cannot be significantly attributed to a backlog of old tests. The previous high point had been on April 2, when Louisiana reported 2,726 new COVID-19 cases.  The number backs up what Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extends coronavirus restrictions

BY: - July 22, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards will extend the state’s current coronavirus restrictions — including its face covering mandate, 50-person gathering cap and bar closures — for an additional two weeks Friday. The limitations, commonly referred to as “Phase 2”, will now go until Aug. 7, the day after Louisiana’s public school students are scheduled to resume […]

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Forty-two percent of Louisiana inmates tested have been positive for COVID-19

BY: - July 12, 2020

Since the beginning of April, Louisiana has tested about 10 percent of the state inmates that reside in the state prison system for COVID-19, and over 40 percent of the prisoners tested have been positive for the virus, according to data provided by the state Department of Corrections Thursday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, […]