Coronavirus

The LA Wallet app showing SMART Health Card that can store a family's vaccination status

Parents can now add child’s vaccination status to LA Wallet app

BY: - July 8, 2022

Louisiana parents can now add their child’s COVID-19 vaccination status to the LA Wallet app, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday. The LA Wallet app stores a legally accepted digital copy of one’s Louisiana driver’s license or identification card. Last year, the state added a COVID-19 vaccination status feature called the SMART Health Card. Until […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

BY: - May 17, 2022

Although the coronavirus has largely taken a backseat to other issues in the Louisiana Legislature’s 2022 regular session, House lawmakers on Monday entertained but ultimately rejected a proposal that opponents criticized for perpetuating disinformation about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.  House Bill 915, sponsored by Rep. Raymond Crews, R-Bossier City, failed in a House floor […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

BY: - March 25, 2022

Louisiana House lawmakers approved a bill that would create a “preemptive” law to try to prohibit so-called “vaccine passports,” including vaccination stamps on drivers’ licenses, and to prohibit the issuance of a driver’s license based on one’s immunization status. The bill’s author said the state would only ever do those things if the Legislature first […]

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Governor will let Louisiana’s COVID-19 public health emergency order lapse after two years

BY: - March 14, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday he will allow an order he signed two years ago declaring a public health emergency in Louisiana for the coronavirus to lapse Wednesday.

Special redistricting session appears on after 5th Circuit removes stay

Court rules against unvaccinated students at Louisiana medical school

BY: - January 31, 2022

Three students who sued a Monroe medical school over its coronavirus vaccine mandate lost their motion to hold the college in contempt. The ruling, issued Friday, means a settlement from October will remain in place.  Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis and Kirsten Willis Hall initially sued the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) […]

Senators air bipartisan beefs with Biden administration’s handling of COVID crisis

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange […]

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

BY: - January 10, 2022

Coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes last week have infected more than a thousand nursing home staff members across Louisiana and 44% of the residents at one facility, state health statistics show. Adding to those concerns is the low rate of vaccine boosters administered to nursing home residents and staff at some sites. According to the […]

Another Louisiana COVID-19 record is short-lived; 14,000 new cases reported Thursday

Another Louisiana COVID-19 record is short-lived; 14,000 new cases reported Thursday

BY: - January 6, 2022

Louisiana set a new single-day record with 14,077 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday, and state health officials said they have seen no signs that the virus is slowing down. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the record-breaking case count at an afternoon press conference but stopped short of implementing any mitigation measures — such as the face mask […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

Louisiana distributing Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘upon request’ after CDC change

BY: - December 23, 2021

Louisiana will continue to distribute the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, though the Centers for Disease Control announced last week that Americans should receive Pfizer or Moderna shots over J&J if possible.  The J&J vaccine can cause rare, but serious, blood clots and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines appear to be more effective, according to […]

Vaccination is not an individual choice, Louisiana doctor says

Vaccination is not an individual choice, Louisiana doctor says

BY: - December 13, 2021

Part of the misinformation swirling around the COVID-19 pandemic is the notion that vaccination is or should be an individual choice, but the truth is that vaccination is a community choice, according to Dr. Catherine O’Neal, chief medical officer at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Speaking as the featured guest at Monday’s […]

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

Louisiana officials report 16 new probable cases of COVID-19’s omicron variant

BY: - December 8, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect Wednesday’s latest report from the Louisiana Department of Health, which increased the number of new omicron cases as additional test results came in. Louisiana health officials on Wednesday identified 16 new probable cases of infection from the omicron variant of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 17 […]

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Louisiana Supreme Court hears oral arguments over Ochsner vaccine mandate

BY: - December 7, 2021

The Louisiana Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether a hospital system can require its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  The case of Nelson v. Ochsner began in September as a lawsuit filed on behalf of about 47 employees — most of them nurses — against Ochsner Lafayette General […]