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  Efforts to reach the unvaccinated expand and become more creative

  La. makes progress in reducing maternal morbidity; doctors discuss the problem of pregnancy-related deaths

Gov. Edwards urges residents to get COVID-19 vaccine ahead of President Biden’s visit to La.

  In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, millions face long drives to stroke care

Gov. Edwards outlines his proposal for Louisiana’s $1.6B cut from the American Rescue Plan

  2 cases of Brazilian COVID-19 variant confirmed in Louisiana

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  Gov. Edwards amends statewide mask mandate

  Gov. Edwards announces easing of statewide mask mandate, coronavirus restrictions

  Louisiana COVID-19 vaccine supply outpacing demand

  Local health care experts say completing COVID vaccinations is important; CDC says millions are doing otherwise

  CDC recommends resuming use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine; Tulane vaccine expert weighs in

  Gov. Edwards continues to urge La. residents to get COVID vaccine

  Vaccinated parents with young children continue Covid precautions

The Pfizer vaccine is available to teens as young as 16, but many households with young children won't be fully vaccinated for a while.

Pair of bills by US Sen. Cassidy aimed at lowering prescription drug costs head to president’s desk

You could save money on prescription drugs thanks to some newly-passed bills introduced by US Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.).

  J&J vaccine investigation could increase ongoing vaccine hesitancy local public health officials say

The La. Department of Health said out of extreme caution the state has put a temporary pause on the use of all Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  State to send COVID vaccine to primary care doctors as supply outpaces demand

Health care professionals say now is not the time to let up on mask-wearing and socially distancing despite COVID vaccinations taking place.

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

  COVID-19 vaccine hotline is now available for La. residents

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

  ‘Double mutant’ COVID strain discovered in California

Over 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed in La., health dept. reports

  CDC issues new travel guidance for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

  Hundreds get J&J vaccine on Good Friday; communities brace for possible delay in new shipments

Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director of the New Orleans Health Department said the city is in a race to get more people vaccinated due to the variants.

  Vaccinations given in the 9th Ward amid vaccine hesitancy by some New Orleanians

The city has had people go door-to-door to provide information about the vaccines to residents.

  City pushes to get vaccines to underserved communities

New Orleans city officials say they are aware that there remains reluctance in some communities about being vaccinated.

  New hope for rehab program and New Orleans lawyer

A local attorney has put together a program that he hopes will help those suffering from drug and mental health issues.

Gov. Edwards eases capacity restrictions for businesses but warns ‘we’re not out of the woods’

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday, March 30.

  Latinx community battles misinformation and language barriers in vaccine effort

Reaching herd immunity from Covid-19 will take a large percentage of all Louisianians getting vaccinated.

Capacity limits lifted for restaurants, bars, gyms, and retail stores in La.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, March 30 that he will be lifting capacity limitations for many of the state’s businesses but the statewide mask mandate will remain.

  Louisiana 16-year-old encourages other teens to get vaccinated after receiving first Pfizer shot

“I do love socializing and everything, but at the same time I’m the kind of person who says this is a human decency thing..."

  Disparities exist in mental health care experts say; what’s being done to bridge the health divide?

The American Psychological Association says mental and behavioral health is a critical and frequently unaddressed matter in racial and ethnic minority communities.

  608 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week

This week, 608 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine.

  All residents 16 and older will be eligible for coronavirus vaccine in La. on March 29

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 about the state’s continued response to the coronavirus pandemic.

LifeShare to hold 6-day blood drives at Albertsons in Texarkana, 7 Louisiana cities

Mobile units will be set up March 22-27 at the grocery store chain’s stores in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Broussard, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Texarkana

  New mass vaccination site opens soon

A coordinated effort for a new mass vaccination site for the Louisiana Region 3 begins Saturday centered in St. Charles Parish.

  New Orleans EMS delivering COVID-19 vaccines to those with medical mobility issues

Those who have medical mobility issues can now have a health professional come to their house to administer a COVID-19 vaccine.

  How to protect yourself once you are fully vaccinated

As more people choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, many are feeling like a weight has been lifted off of their shoulders. But it doesn’t mean life can go back to normal just yet.

State surpasses 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19; vaccines available to most

One year after Louisiana entered a statewide lockdown, the total number of deaths has surpassed 10,000, making it among the top causes of death in the state.

Ochsner postponing 24-hour vaccine fest due to weather

Ochsner's Vaccine Fest to administer 6,500 doses in 24-hours.

  Rouses Markets opens store in Guste Homes

Guste Homes in Central City is no longer a food desert after a partnership with Rouses Markets

A little-known metric may help guide state officials with COVID-19 vaccine outreach

Health officials in Louisiana will be using a key metric often used in times of disaster as a way to target outreach for COVID-19 vaccinations.

  Congress works to increase investment in health disparity research; problem amplified by COVID

Xavier University of Louisiana is already doing some health disparity research but would welcome more federal funds to aid that work.

New LDH dashboard show COVID-19 cases, deaths & vaccinations broken down by race in each parish

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has launched a new dashboard on its website comparing COVID-19 cases, deaths, vaccinations, and populations by parish.

  Expecting mothers, doctors encouraged by infant born with Covid antibodies

As anxious as she is now to meet her new son, Bryson says she’s also anxious to receive her vaccine after giving birth, so she can continue to protect her family.

  Three more bars shut down for violating COVID-19 restrictions

“There’s a sense of wanting to cut loose. We’re not there yet.”

  Optimism grows over more COVID vaccinations; public health experts urge continued vigilance

President Biden wants all adults to be made eligible for vaccination by May 1.

  South Mississippi couple gets married in hospital days before husband dies from COVID-19

A 62-year-old Gulfport man knew COVID-19 would kill him. He was right. However, before he died, he was able to marry his sweetheart of 17 years.

  Stimulus package to help more people afford health insurance; benefits health entities, too

The package also benefits people who have lost their jobs and need COBRA insurance.

  Many families to receive significant tax breaks per child 17-years-old and younger

Once President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, it will increase the tax breaks for families with children to $3,000 for every child ages 6 to 17 and $3600 for every child under the age of 6.

  La. works to address hindrances to vaccinations among the disabled

The Kaiser Family Foundation says in some states less attention has been paid to non-elderly people with disabilities in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Edwards discusses state’s COVID-19 vaccination progress on one-year anniversary of virus reported in La.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference on Tuesday, March 9 about the state’s response to COVID-19.

  Advocates say Biden’s child tax credits could lift thousands of Louisiana children out of poverty

The tax credits contained in the American Rescue Plan are expected to cut child poverty in half in the U.S.

  New Orleanians cautious, ready for normalcy under new CDC guidelines

About 30 million Americans are vaccinated against the virus.

  People are dying earlier and facing more severe health issues in many rural communities

In nearly every Appalachian and Delta community, residents die on average before their 78th birthday, which is the average life expectancy in the United States. Health care providers are working on innovative ways to combat the unique disparities in the regions.

  New task force works to get more people vaccinated in the 9th Ward and New Orleans East

Past missteps in research involving blacks are said to contribute to vaccination hesitancy among African Americans.

  Fewer Louisianans seek COVID tests; experts say testing helps track virus & variants

Public health experts say people showing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with the virus should be tested.

  Louisiana will move to Phase 3 beginning March 3; mask mandate to remain in effect

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold his first news conference of the month at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 2.

SOURCE: Louisiana to move to ‘Phase 3′

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce the state will move into “Phase 3” during a 1 p.m. news conference today.

Louisiana tops 1M vaccine doses administered as J&J shot enters the market

Louisiana tops one million shots of COVID-19 vaccine administered. In the last month, vaccine distribution nearly doubled.

501 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine this week

This week, 501 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine.

  COVID-19 vaccine makers race to outpace variants of the virus

Public health experts say it is imperative to get vaccinated as new coronavirus variants emerge.

Gov. Edwards provides update on state’s response to winter storms and coronavirus

Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference on Louisiana’s continued response to the coronavirus and recovery from last week’s devastating winter weather at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Specialists say they’re treating more patients for eating disorders since pandemic began

Marian McGavran, now the state’s top-credentialed eating disorder expert, says the pandemic has made it easier for some people to succumb to their condition.

LSU expects ‘vast majority’ of classes to be face-to-face in Fall 2021, assuming coronavirus vaccinations proceed as expected

LSU expects the majority of classes to be administered face-to-face and campus operations to go back to normal in Fall 2021, university Interim President Tom Galligan said in a letter to students and faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Newborn becomes youngest patient to receive lifesaving $2 million treatment

When medical staff injected a $2 million drug into her small veins, baby Lexa James cried out and her life changed forever.

  Could diet ward off some brain diseases?

Dr. Nicolas Bazan of LSU Health New Orleans says food is linked to brain health.

  La. among states in KFF report on disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations; Tulane public health expert weighs in

Dr. Thomas LaVeist, dean of Tulane's School of Public Health urges everyone to get vaccinated.

  Infectious disease expert on variants: “It’s starting to feel like we’re in a game of chess with this virus.”

The public is urged to get vaccinated before emerging variants of COVID-19 take hold in the U.S.

Thursday, February 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Thursday, Feb. 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

Monday, February 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Monday, Feb. 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

Sunday, February 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Sunday, Feb. 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

Friday, February 12: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Friday, Feb. 12: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  Two Bourbon Street bars shut down night before restrictions take effect

Officials say both were found to be in violation of the COVID safety precautions and shut down on the spot.

La. will remain in modified Phase 2 for 21 more days, Gov. Edwards says

Gov. Edwards announced his decision Tuesday afternoon at a vaccine event in Louisiana and signed the extension of the modified Phase 2 order on Wednesday.

GOHSEP, LDH host virtual town hall on coronavirus vaccine

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) held a virtual town hall to educate citizens who are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Gov. Edwards to announce Pennington Biomedical Research Center as Baton Rouge’s first mass vaccination site for coronavirus vaccine

Gov. John Bel Edwards will announce the location of Louisiana’s first mass vaccination site for the COVID-19 vaccine during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 9 on the campus of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, according to his office.

  Louisiana Organ Donations hit record high, despite pandemic

For people like Tyrone Cooper who received a transplanted heart nine years ago, the gift of life is emotional.

  Black business leaders from Louisiana discuss COVID-19 relief needs with VP Harris & Treasury Secretary Yellen

Seven Louisianans took part in the Zoom meeting with the vice president and Treasury secretary.

  COVID-19 may cause onset of diabetes; LSU Health doctor says avoid getting the virus in the first place

The CDC says over 500,000 people in Louisiana are known to have diabetes.