Health

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 […]

Shorter quarantine available to school kids exposed to COVID-19

BY: - December 7, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Education on Monday adopted a new policy — based on guidance from the federal government — that allows those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 to 10 days. If the exposed person receives a negative COVID-19 test, the quarantine period can be reduced […]

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 […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee.  It will be up to each state to determine how exactly to distribute doses of the vaccines, which could […]

Quarantine rules irk Louisiana school superintendents

BY: - November 24, 2020

Some Louisiana public school superintendents are asking state legislators to reduce the 14-day quarantine period that is required of students who come into close contact with someone on campus who tests positive for COVID-19. The House Committee on Health and Welfare met Monday to discuss the Louisiana Department of Health’s emergency rule regarding quarantine procedures […]

Louisiana disparities

Black Louisiana residents are worse off than White Louisiana residents, report finds

BY: - November 21, 2020

A Human Development report of Louisiana found major disparities in quality of life between Black and White Louisiana residents, and gaps between Louisianans and the rest of the country. A Portrait of Louisiana 2020: Human Development in an Age of Uncertainty, a new report from Measure of America, directed and authored by Kristen Lewis, uses the American […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY
Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Ruling for Gov. Edwards is as much a loss for Jeff Landry as it is for House Republicans

BY: - November 13, 2020

In an attempt to be cute, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Monday that the statute Republicans in the Louisiana House used to order a halt to the governor’s public health emergency order is so simple that even a Bama fan can understand it. Landry’s tweet — meant as an insult to Gov. John Bel […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Judge rules petition statute House Republicans used unconstitutional, marking win for governor

BY: - November 12, 2020

A 19th Judicial District Court today ruled unconstitutional part of a statute used by Louisiana House Republicans to try to end, via petition, the governor’s order imposing COVID-19 restrictions. Judge William Morvant determined that the part of the Health Emergencies Act cited in the petition is unconstitutional because it allows a governor’s executive order to […]