Health

Louisiana has ‘tremendous unmet housing needs’ following Hurricane Ida, governor says

BY: - September 17, 2021

Louisiana still needs billions of dollars to house displaced residents after Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Ida — the two worst hurricanes in the state’s recorded history – decimated South Louisiana nearly a calendar year apart, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday after a meeting with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Southwest Louisiana […]

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New Orleans construction projects see funding restored — for now

BY: - September 17, 2021

The Louisiana State Bond Commission approved funding Thursday for over $30 million worth of New Orleans area construction projects and committed to spending $53 million more on city projects a month after blocking the same money over COVID-19 restrictions. Republicans on the bond commission withheld funding for New Orleans projects in August in part because […]

How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices — if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The massive […]

Hurricane Ida has caused 26 deaths in Louisiana, official says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana has had 26 storm-related deaths following Hurricane Ida’s landfall, the state’s chief medical officer said Thursday. Ten deaths were due to heat because of a lack of air conditioning, and one death was related to an oxygen outage. Six deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper generator usage.  “If using a generator, […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON —More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

Nursing Home Scandal

Louisiana nursing home owner who warehoused patients is a political donor

BY: - September 5, 2021

The nursing homes owner who left nearly 850 of his patients in an unsanitary warehouse following Hurricane Ida has been a generous supporter of both Democratic and Republican politicians in Louisiana. State and federal campaign finance records show Bob Dean has given at least $289,000 to candidates since 1994 both as an individual and through […]

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana

BY: - September 1, 2021

Louisiana health officials on Wednesday confirmed two additional pediatric deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total COVID-19 death toll to 12,582. One death was of a child between 0 and 4 years old, and the other was of a child between 12 and 17, according to a Louisiana Department of Health press release. […]

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With local hospitals damaged, Louisiana discusses ‘field hospital’ after Ida

BY: - September 1, 2021

With four of the five hospitals in Louisiana’s bayou region almost entirely inoperable, state and federal officials are considering setting up a “field hospital” to provide medical care for Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Louisiana Department of Health […]

Louisiana babies airlifted out of Louisiana hospitals, sent to Texas

BY: and - September 1, 2021

Six newborns from Terrebonne General Medical Center were evacuated to Ochsner Lafayette General, the hospital announced Tuesday.  All six are in stable condition and staff members at the hospital have been working extra shifts and staying late for feedings to take care of all patients, Critical Care Nurse Manager Meagan Daigle said. Other sick babies […]

Louisiana starts recovery from Hurricane Ida with limited power, phone service

BY: - August 30, 2021

Louisiana citizens started to dig themselves out of the wreckage left by Hurricane Ida Monday while dealing with widespread power failures, sewerage system outages and downed mobile phone service across much of the southeastern region of the state.  Some of the parishes most affected by the powerful storm — including New Orleans — didn’t have […]

List: Hospital and medical clinic closures due to Hurricane Ida

When Ida meets delta: 5 ways the COVID-19 surge complicates Louisiana’s hurricane response

BY: - August 28, 2021

Hurricane Ida is already expected to be a life-altering, Category 4 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour not only along the Louisiana coast but also more inland parts of the state like Baton Rouge and Lafayette.  But this hurricane also poses a bigger threat because it is expected to strike at a time […]