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

New CDC guidance relaxes indoor public masking in a majority of U.S. counties

BY: - February 25, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday unveiled updated guidance for wearing masks indoors in public places, a move that means 70% of Americans likely will be able to ditch their masks.


‘Crisis standards of care’ involve excruciating choices, ethical decisions for hospital staff

BY: - December 30, 2021

Matthew Wynia, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for The Conversation The Conversation is running a series of dispatches from clinicians and researchers operating on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. You can find all of the stories here. As the omicron variant brings a new wave of uncertainty and fear, I can’t help reflecting […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that […]

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

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Keep your masks on, and give me some space, please; COVID-19 is still with us | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - March 24, 2021

To wear or not to wear a mask, why is this still a question? As much as we want our lives to return to normal, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. Not everyone has been vaccinated, herd immunity has not developed, and COVID-19 variants are still out there. Now is not the time to throw […]

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 […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana keeps its mask mandate; Mississippi and Texas end theirs

BY: - March 3, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday loosened some of the COVID-19 restrictions he’d imposed but left Louisiana’s mask mandate in place; however, his counterparts to the east and west said they’re no longer mandating masks for their residents. Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi rescinded an executive order that had mandated face masks be worn in […]

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

CDC says masks must fit tightly – and two are better than one

BY: - February 11, 2021

On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new mask guidelines based on a study of how mask fit affects the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles. With more transmissible COVID-19 strains emerging around the world, it is important to properly use the right kinds of face masks. Some practices – such as […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

President-elect Biden says that with a national mask mandate ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

BY: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry says governor’s face-mask mandate can’t be enforced

BY: - July 16, 2020

Two days after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order that shuts down bars and mandates face coverings went into effect, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has often clashed with Edwards,  issued an official opinion that the governor’s order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with criminal or financial sanctions.” In a […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Louisiana Bars must close and face masks must be worn

BY: - July 11, 2020

Baton Rouge — On one of the worst days in Louisiana’s fight with the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Saturday to announce an order shutting down all bars and mandating citizens to wear face coverings. The new restrictions will take effect at 12:01 Monday morning. Edwards, a Democrat, had previously declined to […]