Louisiana Department of Health

Louisiana activists still questioning why office for women’s health wasn’t created

BY: - October 7, 2021

With Louisiana sitting near the bottom nationally on health outcomes for women and children, activists are still seeking answers for why a bill to establish a Louisiana Office on Women’s Health stalled.  Alma Stewart, founder and president of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, said she wants to know why House Bill 193 wasn’t heard […]

Pediatric death toll now 18 as coronavirus kills another Louisiana child

Another Louisiana child dies of COVID-19, bringing pediatric death toll to 17

BY: - October 1, 2021

Health officials on Friday confirmed that the coronavirus has killed another child in Louisiana, bringing the state’s pediatric death toll to 17. According to a Louisiana Department of Health news release, the child was between the ages of 0 and 4. The death is one of eight pediatric deaths in the state during the fourth […]

List: Hospital and medical clinic closures due to Hurricane Ida

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink.  “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana Governor extends COVID-19 mask mandate as hospitalizations remain high

BY: - September 28, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the statewide face mask mandate Tuesday for an additional 28 days as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, although trending downward, are still about four times higher than they were before the fourth pandemic surge. The mask mandate applies to all indoor locations, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities for everyone […]

Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana's pediatric death toll to 16

Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana’s pediatric death toll to 16

BY: - September 23, 2021

Health officials confirmed Wednesday that the coronavirus killed another Louisiana child, bringing the state’s pediatric death toll to 16. The Louisiana Department of Health reported 99 new COVID-19 deaths for the day, including the child who was between the ages of 12 and 17, according to a health department press release.  The news marks the […]

Bob Dean Warehouse

How does Louisiana count hurricane deaths?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Louisiana has recorded 26 “storm-related” deaths due to Hurricane Ida. But what counts as a hurricane death? And when will the counting stop?   There is no checklist or clear set of rules for determining whether a death is classified as storm-related. Local parish coroners determine whether a death can be attributed to a weather event […]

Nursing Home Scandal

Louisiana nursing home owner who warehoused patients is a political donor

BY: - September 5, 2021

The nursing homes owner who left nearly 850 of his patients in an unsanitary warehouse following Hurricane Ida has been a generous supporter of both Democratic and Republican politicians in Louisiana. State and federal campaign finance records show Bob Dean has given at least $289,000 to candidates since 1994 both as an individual and through […]

Virus kills another child, bringing Louisiana's pediatric death toll to 16

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. […]

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 […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Judge blocks Louisiana medical school vaccine requirement

BY: - August 18, 2021

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a north Louisiana medical college from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students or placing significant restrictions on those who refuse to get vaccinated. U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Monroe division of the Western District of Louisiana ruled in favor of Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis […]

Children are increasingly infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, LSU doctor says

BY: - August 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE – At a Friday news conference called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss the state’s most recent COVID-19 statistics, Dr. John Vanchiere, director of community testing and vaccination outreach at LSU Health Shreveport’s Center for Emerging Viral Threats, said the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus isn’t sparing Louisiana’s youngest residents and […]

Gov. Edwards announces fourth round of vaccine lottery winners

BY: - August 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  The fourth round winners of Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery were announced Friday morning.  32-year-old Shreveport resident Coty Hemperley and 13-year-old New Orleans resident Nevada Charity won the Wednesday drawing, which was conducted by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation and overseen by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.  Hemperley received the fourth $100,000 cash prize and […]