COVID-19

Louisiana joins other states in pausing J&J vaccine after recommendation from U.S. health officials

BY: - April 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top public health officials said Tuesday that they are recommending a pause in the use of a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson “out of an abundance of caution” following six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot, and states and localities immediately began moving to suspend the vaccine’s use.  In […]

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Louisiana Legislative Session 2021: What to expect

BY: - April 12, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s 2021 lawmaking session kicks off Monday, after a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated state policy and politics. Some COVID-19 restrictions will still remain in the Capitol during the lawmaking session. Visitors will be required to wear masks in the building. Seating in committee rooms for votes and debate on […]

$405 million UI overpaid

Louisiana paid out at least $405 million in unemployment insurance to ineligible workers, audit finds

BY: - April 5, 2021

Louisiana paid more than $405 million in fraudulent or ineligible pandemic relief benefits to nearly 100,000 people as an overwhelmed unemployment system was also affected by legislation passed by lawmakers last year, according to a report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The Legislative Auditor’s office conducted a review of all state and federal COVID-19-related unemployment […]

CDC: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel in the U.S. without tests or quarantines

BY: - April 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low risk to themselves, and do not need to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine after traveling within the U.S., federal health officials said Friday as they unveiled updated travel guidelines. The new guidelines offer the first official guidance to Americans who are at least two weeks past […]

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COVID-19 vaccination rate in Louisiana prisons lags that of the general population

BY: - April 2, 2021

Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccination rate of state prisoners is trailing that of the state’s general population, even though state officials have said most people who are incarcerated in state prisons are willing to get the vaccine and that inmates have had access to the treatment. Louisiana had fully vaccinated 2,298 inmates as of March 28, according […]

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 […]

CDC’s eviction moratorium extended through June 30

BY: - March 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the extension of an eviction moratorium that it first announced in September during President Donald Trump’s administration as a way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and reduce the incidence of COVID-19. The moratorium was set to expire Wednesday, but according to an explanatory document […]

Louisiana is planning to keep ‘two warehouses’ full of PPE after COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - March 23, 2021

Louisiana plans to keep two warehouses full of personal protective equipment in case the state ever runs short on surgical masks, gloves and gowns again. The government will retain the materials, even if the COVID-19 pandemic ends.  “There is an understanding that we will keep a certain amount in stock,” said Casey Tingle, deputy director […]

CDC says it’s OK for students to sit 3 feet apart in classrooms

BY: - March 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have revised their guidance to schools on how far apart students should be spaced in a classroom, now saying desks can be placed 3 feet apart instead of 6 feet to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes as schools […]

‘Vaccine passports’ that show you’re inoculated are on the way

BY: - March 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 70 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — and along with that shot, a small paper card with the CDC’s label detailing the timing and manufacturer of the dose. Those paper cards at the moment are the only proof readily available to Americans of their […]