Health

COMMENTARY

Will a COVID-19 vaccine be safe?

BY: - September 18, 2020

by Trish Zornio  for Colorado Newsline In normal times, vaccine safety is easily recognized. These aren’t normal times. Despite robust science, public trust of a COVID-19 vaccine is at an all-time low. After months of coronavirus lies and misinformation fueled by President Trump, a recent poll found 54% of Americans would not get immunized if the […]

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 […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana to begin Phase 3 on Friday

BY: - September 10, 2020

In a press conference Thursday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state will move to Phase 3 of its coronavirus response on Friday, lifting some restrictions but leaving the face-mask mandate in place. Phase 3 is expected to loosen some restrictions on businesses, schools and public gatherings, but the governor did not elaborate […]

LA election plan

Should Louisiana have a special election plan due to coronavirus?

BY: - September 10, 2020

A two-day hearing to decide if the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic warrants an emergency election plan in Louisiana concluded Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick heard testimony from expert witnesses. Dick told the parties involved that she would issue her ruling “as quickly as humanly possible.” The case of Harding v. Edwards was brought […]

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 […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damage means it will be weeks before Southwest Louisianians can return home

BY: - September 3, 2020

Thousands of people won’t be able to return to their homes in Southwest Louisiana for weeks because they won’t have reliable access to power, water and sewer services, state officials and health experts said this week.  The situation is especially dire in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, which were hit directly by Hurricane Laura. The storm […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura Recovery: Numbers that help you understand what’s going on

BY: - September 1, 2020

The following are some figures that should help the public understand the impact of Hurricane Laura on Louisiana.  600,000 people face water restrictions — or have no water at all.  There are 74 water systems in Louisiana — affecting about 180,000 people total — where there is a “water outage” due to Hurricane Laura. That […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura destroys, but volunteers rally to help Lake Charles survive

BY: - August 31, 2020

LAKE CHARLES — On Saturday, much of southwest Louisiana remained without electricity, water, food and other essential provisions in the wake of Hurricane Laura. While state and federal governments were still mobilizing assets, many residents turned to volunteers for help. Thousands of vehicles waited in long lines at a single distribution point in downtown Lake […]

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 […]

Veterans and rural residents have a greater dependence on the mail

BY: - August 25, 2020

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms. Stowe, a Department of Veterans Affairs patient who receives her medication through the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview with […]

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” […]