COVID-19

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Louisiana college students must submit vaccination information before next semester

BY: - September 18, 2021

Twenty-seven of LSU’s total 34,000 students were dropped from LSU after not submitting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or filling out an exemption waiver, which was due last Friday, Ernie Ballard, LSU’s spokesperson, said. Seventy-eight students were at risk of being dropped this week, but the other 51 students took “the necessary steps to remain part […]

LSU says 81 percent of students have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 15, 2021

Eighty-one percent of LSU students have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, President William Tate announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the university’s faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, an LSU spokesperson said. “If you had asked me two months ago whether this was imaginable, I would have said no,” Tate said […]

Standardized test scores remain optional for LSU applicants

BY: - September 13, 2021

High school students applying to LSU this year will not have to submit an SAT or ACT score because of the recent fourth surge of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant. LSU applicants last year had the same exemption because COVID-19 prevented students from taking standardized tests in facilities big enough to maintain adequate protection […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

COVID-19 cases in Louisiana decline following Delta variant surge, official says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana appears to have peaked in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and is now on a downward trajectory, the state’s chief  medical officer said Thursday. But Dr. Joe Kanter warned at a press conference that the decrease could be short lived. He said “there’s no guarantee we continue this downward trajectory” because thousands remain displaced after […]

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana

BY: - September 1, 2021

Louisiana health officials on Wednesday confirmed two additional pediatric deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total COVID-19 death toll to 12,582. One death was of a child between 0 and 4 years old, and the other was of a child between 12 and 17, according to a Louisiana Department of Health press release. […]

Hurricane Ida

Louisiana residents seek shelter from Hurricane Ida

BY: and - August 29, 2021

Mildred Webster, a Baton Rouge native, tried to evacuate too late when the city flooded in 2016. She and her family were “just a couple blocks away” from their house when their SUV was caught in the water and Webster’s family had to leave the vehicle behind and “wade through all that water.” “We had […]

List: Hospital and medical clinic closures due to Hurricane Ida

When Ida meets delta: 5 ways the COVID-19 surge complicates Louisiana’s hurricane response

BY: - August 28, 2021

Hurricane Ida is already expected to be a life-altering, Category 4 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour not only along the Louisiana coast but also more inland parts of the state like Baton Rouge and Lafayette.  But this hurricane also poses a bigger threat because it is expected to strike at a time […]

What does Louisiana school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

BY: - August 27, 2021

With the fourth surge of the COVID-19 delta variant still raging, K-12 school systems in Louisiana have had to restructure their most basic services  — even school lunches.  Though mask mandates are in place for Louisiana schools, educators still have to safely navigate lunchtime, where students have to remove masks in order to eat.  In […]

Grambling State University

Two University of Louisiana system schools report COVID-19 vaccination rates above 50 percent

BY: - August 27, 2021

Individual schools within the University of Louisiana system were reporting COVID-19 vaccination rates from 40 percent to 68 percent as of Thursday, though officials say nearly half of the University of Louisiana system’s student body and almost 80 percent of its faculty and staff have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. The […]

Students who won’t take vaccine lodge new allegations at Louisiana medical school

BY: - August 24, 2021

The three students who are suing a north Louisiana medical school over its COVID-19 vaccination policy filed a new motion Monday alleging a college administrator belittled them in an email last week in an attempt to “turn the student body against them.”  The students, Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis and Kirsten Willis Hall, filed […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana will increase COVID-19 restrictions on state workers, but questions remain

BY: - August 24, 2021

A lot remains up in the air about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to require thousands of state workers to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular, mandatory testing. It’s not clear when those additional requirements for unvaccinated state employees will go into effect or how many people they will impact. Employees won’t […]

Superdome

Republicans stall millions of dollars of funding for New Orleans construction projects

BY: - August 20, 2021

The Louisiana State Bond Commission voted 12-2 Thursday to withhold financing for over $30 million worth of construction projects in New Orleans that affect both public and private facilities. The board said it will take up the projects at its meeting in September instead.  The surprise vote fell along partisan lines, with Republicans deciding to […]