Coronavirus

State AGs urge tech companies to stop vaccine card scams

BY: - April 2, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 45 other state attorneys general are urging Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to stop scammers from selling blank or fraudulently completed COVID-19 vaccine cards bearing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo on their platforms, according to a press release from Landry’s office. “The use of your platform to […]

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Governor eases COVID-19 capacity restrictions at bars and other venues

BY: - March 30, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday lifted some coronavirus-related capacity restrictions on restaurants, bars, gyms, retail outlets and other venues, citing a steady decline in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations across the state. However, the governor emphasized that he is leaving in place guidelines that require people to wear face masks and keep a healthy […]

Louisiana Survey shows economy and pandemic top residents’ concerns

BY: - March 30, 2021

The results of the 2021 Louisiana Survey, released Tuesday, indicate residents are most concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy, even though more than two-thirds of those surveyed say that financially they’re doing as well or better than they were a year ago. Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) at LSU’s Reilly […]

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COVID-19 Timeline: With over a half-million vaccinated, Louisiana starts second year of pandemic

BY: - March 16, 2021

With more than a half-million vaccinated against COVID-19 in Louisiana as of Monday, the state entered its second year of battling the coronavirus pandemic on a more hopeful tone. The state gained significant ground in its inoculation effort with the addition of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine early this month and after access to […]

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COVID-19 vaccine now available to Louisianans 16 and older with certain health conditions

BY: - March 9, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana on Tuesday, adding people 16 and older who have at least one qualifying medical condition and those who work in prisons, group homes and other congregate living facilities to the list of eligible recipients. The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of Louisiana’s first […]

Louisiana vaccine events for the week of March 8-13

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health is holding 31 community vaccination events in five of its public health regions this week. On Monday health officials administered COVID-19 vaccines in Orleans, Iberia, Winn, Beauregard and Avoyelles parishes.  This week’s remaining vaccination events are as follows, (registration required):   Tuesday, March 9 Orleans Parish: 7 a.m. to 5 […]

Catholics looking to decline one COVID-19 vaccine for another aren’t likely to have that option

BY: - March 2, 2021

New Orleans area Catholics may face difficulty in trying to follow vaccination guidance by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer rather than the new one from Johnson & Johnson, as Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday, vaccination providers aren’t offering patients a menu to order […]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards keeps current COVID-19 restrictions in place

BY: - February 9, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday extended the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and public gatherings for at least another three weeks. These limitations have been in place since November, when Louisiana started to see its third surge in COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 rate of infection has been dropping in Louisiana since the second […]

Biden advisers urge state COVID-19 safety after Iowa lifts mask and social distancing rules

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s COVID-19 advisers on Monday urged that states keep safety restrictions in place as new variants of the virus continue to spread, following a move by Iowa’s governor to loosen rules on masks and gatherings. “We really need to keep all of the mitigation measures at play here if we’re really […]

GOP senators score meeting with Biden to discuss more modest relief plan

BY: - February 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ten Republican senators on Monday took up President Joe Biden on his calls for working across the aisle on economic relief, though those senators are far from embracing the scale of the $1.9 trillion package that Biden is seeking. The group of GOP lawmakers — which includes Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill […]

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Louisiana business grant program helped 20k companies while attracting 107 alleged frauds

BY: - January 28, 2021

Louisiana’s Main Street Recovery Grant Program, a business assistance fund that state GOP lawmakers created last year with $275 million of pandemic-relief money intended for local governments, ended Thursday after issuing $262 million in grants to 20,751 small businesses, according to a press release from State Treasurer John M. Schroder. There were also 107 applications […]

Hurricane Laura evacuees have been forced to move 5 times in 5 months, lawyers say

BY: - January 26, 2021

A team of New Orleans lawyers and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice fired off a series of public records requests Monday as part of their investigation into how the state and federal governments have handled the thousands of Louisiana residents displaced by Hurricanes Laura and Zeta. Nearly five months after two major […]