COVID-19 Louisiana

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

Bills to weaken Louisiana vaccine mandates advance in Legislature

BY: - April 12, 2022

An attempt to prohibit COVID-19 vaccine mandates by Louisiana schools and all levels of government has gained momentum in the Legislature, although proponents’ arguments for doing so have been based on misinformation. Two pieces of legislation that would weaken such mandates advanced from the House Health and Welfare committee Tuesday morning. One resolution would remove […]

Education investment, bad cop accountability: 5 takeaways from the State of the State address

BY: - March 14, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ opened the 2022 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature with his annual State of the State address Monday. In his speech, the Democratic governor outlines his budget priorities to members of the Republican-majority statehouse. Louisiana finds itself flush with cash, thanks to unanticipated state tax revenue surpluses and a major infusion […]

Epidemiologist: Louisiana colleges have rolled back COVID-19 policies ‘far too quickly’

BY: - March 9, 2022

As Louisiana colleges roll back their COVID-19 safety policies and mask mandates, an epidemiologist warns that higher education institutions are heading back to pre-COVID-19 policies “far too quickly.” Masking is optional at LSU and most University of Louisiana system schools — with the exception of some universities, including the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Grambling State […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Louisiana health officials revise school quarantine policy for COVID-19

BY: - February 15, 2022

A drop in Louisiana’s COVID-19 case numbers, including those on public school campuses, has led to a revision in quarantine policy Louisiana health officials detailed Tuesday. They still believe it’s best for students who come into close contact with a COVID-positive individual to isolate themselves for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. Other options […]

Mandatory masking will stay in place in Louisiana colleges and universities amid COVID-19 surge

BY: - January 6, 2022

Louisiana college students will return for the spring semester masked up in response to increasing COVID-19 cases due to fast-spreading omicron variant. All Louisiana college system presidents have committed to keeping the mask mandate in place, state higher education commissioner Kim Hunter Reed said during a Board of Regents meeting Thursday. Along with a mask […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Louisiana expects omicron surge, with cases already on the rise

BY: - December 20, 2021

Ahead of Christmas, Louisiana medical professionals Monday warned of a looming, fifth COVID-19 surge largely due to the rising cases of the extremely transmissible omicron variant.  “If omicron is not already the dominant strain circulating in Louisiana, we feel that it will be very soon,” said Theresa Sokol, the state epidemiologist with the Louisiana Department […]

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

‘It’s not the time to panic’ but beware of omicron variant, Louisiana health official says

BY: - December 3, 2021

Three days out of hurricane season in Louisiana, State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter described the recently discovered omicron variant’s potential impact as “a storm that is out in the Gulf.” “You don’t know exactly where it’s gonna go. You don’t know exactly how strong it’s going to be when it gets there,” Kanter said. “But […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

‘It’s a matter of time’: Louisiana’s largest health care provider warns residents about new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 30, 2021

Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19, has been spreading rapidly in the past few days, with the World Health Organization declaring it a variant of concern. While there haven’t been any Omicron cases found in the U.S. or in Louisiana yet, Ochsner Health — Louisiana’s largest health care system — asked residents to start preparing […]

Louisiana statewide mask mandate lifted, except in K-12 schools

BY: - October 26, 2021

Gov. Edwards lifted Louisiana’s mask mandate, following a statewide decrease in COVID-19 cases. Starting Wednesday, masks won’t be required, except at K-12 schools that are not following U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidance regarding quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. “We have made tremendous progress,” Edwards said, emphasizing that the worst of the fourth surge of […]

COMMENTARY

As Louisiana’s COVID-19 cases spread, a gospel of selfishness spreads with it | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - August 6, 2021

Every Christian should know the story of the legal scholar who tells Jesus he knows he’s commanded to love his neighbor as much as he loves himself but professes not to understand who his neighbor is.  Without actually reciting the parable of the man who’s ambushed on Jericho Road and then revived and rescued by […]

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LSU will require negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination for returning students

BY: - August 4, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  To hold in-person classes again during one of the highest surges in COVID-19 since the pandemic began, LSU will require negative COVID-19 tests for arriving students.  In the COVID-19 Roadmap released Wednesday, LSU announced that all students must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days before arriving on […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry advises his employees on how to circumvent school COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - August 3, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry sent a departmentwide email blast to his employees Monday suggesting strategies for getting students out of the mask mandate that will be imposed in K-12 schools — as well as any school vaccine requirements that could be imposed in the future. Landry’s recommendations went out to people at the Louisiana Department […]