Health Care

Do African Americans in Louisiana have equal access to the vaccine? We can’t say

BY: - January 22, 2021

Louisiana doesn’t know the race or ethnicity of more than half of the people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine shot in the state, making it difficult to determine whether minorities are underrepresented in vaccine distribution — as some have feared would happen. In total, 33 percent of people who received at least one shot […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

‘Nobody is satisfied’ with Louisiana’s vaccine distribution so far, Edwards says

BY: - January 6, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ covered three major topics during a Wednesday afternoon press conference: the schedule for a special election for the seats left open by Rep. Cedric Richmond and the late Luke Letlow, COVID-19’s alarming spread in Louisiana and his dissatisfaction with the state’s vaccine distribution thus far. Louisiana will hold a special election […]

Aerial photo of industrial zones along river in St. James Parish

Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

Charlotte Bertrand, of St. Francisville Pharmacy, believes she will give out 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week.

Louisiana pharmacies overwhelmed as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands

BY: - January 5, 2021

Louisiana pharmacies selected to receive COVID-19 vaccinations that can be used to inoculate people 70 years old and above were inundated with phone calls after the state made their business names and locations public Monday morning (Jan. 4). “The phone just doesn’t stop ringing,” said pharmacist Constance Rabalais of Sentry Drug of Marksville. “I’ve never […]

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7 Things You Need To Know About Louisiana’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

BY: - January 4, 2021

Louisiana is entering its fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and the number of people who qualify for the first vaccine shot is tripling. An additional 640,000 people in Louisiana are now eligible to receive the first shot of the vaccines starting Monday (Jan. 4) — bringing the total number of people who are eligible […]

Mass COVID-19 vaccine distribution ‘could take some time’ as hospitalizations surge

BY: - December 11, 2020

The Pfizer vaccine may be coming to Louisiana as soon as this weekend, but mass distribution is still several months away, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Everybody needs to have that clear expectation from the outset,” Edwards said. “It’s really important that we start administering the vaccine, but it’s […]

When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking

BY: - December 9, 2020

Wesley Kufel, Binghamton University, State University of New York The first U.S. COVID-19 vaccines are expected in clinics in mid-December, and states are drawing up plans for who should get vaccinated first. But one important group is absent: children. While two vaccines are expected to be cleared soon for adult use in the U.S., testing […]

Louisiana state treasurer released from hospital

BY: - December 5, 2020

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder has returned home Friday after being hospitalized with complications from COVID-19.  “I’m feeling much better and want to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for me. Health care workers are the true heroes of this pandemic,” Schroder said in a written statement. Schroder’s office announced the treasurer, 59, had […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

Will Louisiana residents line up for the vaccine or wait and see?

BY: - December 4, 2020

With the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in Louisiana over the next two weeks and for wider distribution by spring, will Louisiana residents immediately take advantage of it or hold off due to concerns over the experimental drug’s speedy approval? On Nov. 19, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana could […]

Lafayette area ICU hospital beds are at 97 percent capacity

BY: - December 3, 2020

The Lafayette area’s ICU hospital beds are at 97 percent capacity, meaning only four beds are available in the region, the Louisiana Department of Health reported Wednesday . However, a spokesperson for Lafayette General Health — one of the region’s local hospitals — said LDH’s numbers can be “a little misleading.” Patricia Thompson, director of […]

John Bel Edwards

‘Every single one’ of Louisiana’s hospitals at risk of overflow

BY: - November 19, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed deep concern Thursday about the continuous increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across Louisiana, which have climbed by nearly 30 percent over the last seven days and are bringing hospitals to the brink of patient overflow.  At a press conference Thursday, the governor reported 929 patients in hospitals due to COVID-19, an […]

Row of Angola prison beds

Louisiana prisons hastily pull plug on resuming family visits during COVID-19

BY: - November 19, 2020

Louisiana prisons have been preparing for about a month to resume family visits during the week of Thanksgiving after suspending them over eight months ago. But prison officials hastily pulled back on those plans Thursday, saying family visits would no longer take place in a few days.  The prison system is worried about the rising […]