Louisiana Department of Health

Louisiana 211 launching new program to address opioid crisis

BY: - July 22, 2021

BATON ROUGE – With skyrocketing opioid overdose cases in the past year and half, Louisiana 211 is launching a new texting program where Louisianians can find help for their problems with opioids.  The health services hotline announced that people can now text OPIOID to 898-211 to gain access to resources and confidential help from professionals […]

Virus reaches new record of hospitalizations in Louisiana

Unvaccinated Louisiana residents face heightened risk of COVID-19 amid new spike

BY: - July 14, 2021

With a confirmed surge in COVID-19 cases, the Louisiana Health Department warned residents that unvaccinated people were at much higher risk during the ongoing pandemic. On Wednesday, the state reported 1,936 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths, 468 COVID-19 patients hospitalized and 40 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.  Since May, according to the health department, 94% […]

Delta variant means Louisiana will likely see another surge of COVID-19, health officials say

BY: - July 8, 2021

Louisiana health officials said Thursday that low vaccination rates and a new strain of the novel coronavirus are responsible for a rising number of cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19. In an online news conference Thursday, those officials also warned that yet another COVID-19 surge is likely.  According to State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter, seven […]

Delta variant of the novel coronavirus driving up Louisiana’s COVID-19 numbers

BY: - July 8, 2021

With the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus spreading across Louisiana parishes, recent data indicate a corresponding uptick in COVID-19 cases.  Hospitalization rates have been steadily rising in the past few days, starting on July 1 with 259 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. On July 7, 348 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. According to the Louisiana Department of […]

Small percentage of unemployment payments went to dead people

Fraction of La. unemployment payments went to dead people, audit finds

BY: - June 21, 2021

The Louisiana Workforce Commission distributed just over one one-hundredth of its total unemployment payments to people who were dead during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, who noted that the vast majority of these mistaken payments were unpreventable and largely the result of bad timing. According to a report released last week, […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

STD legislation that criminalizes exposure runs afoul of latest research, critics say

BY: - April 1, 2021

A state legislator has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for someone to intentionally expose another with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But some in the health care industry and LGBTQ community fear the bill will do the opposite of what is intended. House Bill 238, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Moore, D-Monroe, […]

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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 […]

More than 10,000 Louisianians have now died of COVID-19

BY: - March 22, 2021

Louisiana officials were celebrating the news last week that the number of Louisianians hospitalized with COVID-19 in had dipped to the lowest level since near the beginning of the devastating worldwide pandemic.  To illustrate how much things had changed, an administrator for LCMC Health tweeted Wednesday that Touro Infirmary in New Orleans was “COVID free […]

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COVID-19 vaccine now available to Louisianans 16 and older with certain health conditions

BY: - March 9, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana on Tuesday, adding people 16 and older who have at least one qualifying medical condition and those who work in prisons, group homes and other congregate living facilities to the list of eligible recipients. The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of Louisiana’s first […]

Louisiana vaccine events for the week of March 8-13

BY: - March 8, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health is holding 31 community vaccination events in five of its public health regions this week. On Monday health officials administered COVID-19 vaccines in Orleans, Iberia, Winn, Beauregard and Avoyelles parishes.  This week’s remaining vaccination events are as follows, (registration required):   Tuesday, March 9 Orleans Parish: 7 a.m. to 5 […]

Report: Internal memo shows DuPont knew its LaPlace plant was polluting air 

BY: - February 20, 2021

Chemicals manufacturer DuPont decided to sell its LaPlace plant after determining it would cost too much to reduce its emissions of a toxic chemical, according to the Guardian, which based its report on an internal memo from DuPont that was entered as an exhibit in a lawsuit filed in St. John the Baptist Parish. The […]

Winter storm leaves Louisiana with 1 million under boil-water notice and 125k without power 

BY: - February 18, 2021

Much of the state remained bleak in the wake of a deadly winter storm that pierced Louisiana this week as nearly a million residents remained under boil-water advisories and 125,000 were without electricity in frigid temperatures as of noon Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. Of those without power, about 20,000 — mostly in the […]