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  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.

  SOURCE: Louisiana to move to ‘Phase 3′

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newborn becomes youngest patient to receive lifesaving $2 million treatment

  Could diet ward off some brain diseases?

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

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

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

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

GOHSEP, LDH host virtual town hall on coronavirus vaccine

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

  Louisiana Organ Donations hit record high, despite pandemic

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

  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.

  Gov. Edwards: People ages 65 and older can get the COVID vaccine starting Feb. 8

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will be lowering the age requirement to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for non-medical and first responder personnel in the Phase 1B, Tier 1 from age 70 to 65 beginning Monday, Feb. 8.

Gov. Edwards holds news conference on state’s response to COVID-19, vaccine distribution efforts

Governor John Bel Edwards is scheduled to address the state Thursday, Feb. 4 with an update on the fight against COVID-19.

  SC mother dies from COVID while on honeymoon in South Africa

Adriana’s mom had just found new love and was on her honeymoon in South Africa when she contracted the virus.

  Unvaccinated nursing home workers could put residents at-risk, public health professionals say

The federal government is working to get more vaccines to states.

  Sen. Cassidy among GOP lawmakers pressing Pres. Biden on COVID stimulus plan

Sen. Bill Cassidy says there are areas where Republicans agree with Pres. Biden on new COVID spending.

LIST: 406 COVID-19 vaccine providers in Louisiana

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) say 406 vaccine providers across the state will receive “very limited doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  New Orleans organization doles out over $1 million in grants to fight racial disparities

Facebook contributed $1 million to GNOF's Greater Together Fund for Racial Equity.

Health Department: 406 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week

This week, 406 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine

  A Tulane scientist reacts to efficacy of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine; local institutions could help La. do surveillance for COVID-19 variants

Scientists believe variants of COVID-19 may transmit easier.

Private funeral services to be held for State Rep. Steve Carter

Steve Carter, former Louisiana State Representative and East Baton Rouge mayoral candidate, died after being hospitalized with coronavirus, a family representative confirmed to WAFB.

  Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T virus aid, stimulus checks plan

Democrats are rejecting a Republican pitch to split President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into smaller chunks.

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

The regulatory changes Biden is asking federal health officials to undertake aren't likely to happen overnight because hastily written rules are more easily overturned in court.

  Study shows amputations during the pandemic are on the rise

Doctors say the problem is people with chronic conditions aren’t getting the routine care they require due to Covid fear and that can often have devastating results.

Watson Walmart not enforcing mask mandate, Subway employee says

A third-party employee is claiming Walmart in Watson is refusing to enforce Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ mask mandate and is allowing customers to enter the store without asking them to put on a mask.

COVID-19 vaccination sites coming soon to Hancock, Pearl River counties

The State Department of Health will be opening more vaccination sites in Hancock and Pearl River counties coming up in the next few weeks.

  Over 21,000 people waiting to be vaccinated after Ochsner cancels appointments

State health systems are struggling to meet COVID-19 vaccine demands across the country.

  Some African Americans reluctant to get COVID-19 tests; health leaders working to address problem

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center is among nearly 60 institutions in the U.S. that have been tapped to do the research.

Coronavirus vaccine could affect how you donate plasma

If you have already received the vaccine, you can still donate regular plasma, but it will not be geared towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

’Let’s not let up, instead let’s step up’ says Gov. Edwards during news conference on state’s COVID-19 response Friday

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference Friday, Jan. 22 on the state’s response to continued rising COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.

COVID-19 compliance violations found; no one cited

A citation is not the only course of action available to those who enforce the guidelines

  Legal analyst Joe Raspanti discusses his experience as a participant in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial

Attorney Joe Raspanti said he was eager to take part in a clinical trial for the coronavirus vaccine.

  Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

Doctors have diagnosed Rory Miller with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which they believe was triggered by COVID and has left him paralyzed.

  ’We miss him terribly.’ Families, New Orleans city leaders remember lives lost to COVID-19

“He was the best thing that ever happened to our family and we miss him terribly, he died in the beginning from covid,” said Guidry.

What will festival season 2021 look like in New Orleans?

Excitement builds over the promise of fall festivals, but experts say it all rides on what we do to make sure they happen.

  Nearly 15,000 nursing home patients, employees have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations at Louisiana nursing homes are not complete.

Favoritism some vaccine providers give to their customers must end, La. health officials warn

Health officials in Louisiana warned healthcare providers not to prioritize their own patients when distributing vaccines.

MSDH now operating out of Coast Coliseum to administer COVID-19 vaccines

A new vaccination site for the Mississippi State Department of Health was up and running Monday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, moving from the Harrison County Health Department,

  Day of service, justice still important during the pandemic, civil rights organization says

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is meant to be a day of service. The national holiday is, like most things, forced into a new look as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge

“I want to get out of the house, and get back to normal,” she said.

  Why La. is not implementing mass COVID-19 vaccinations yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards says, in Louisiana, it makes more sense to first spread the doses out across the state.

Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in modified Phase 2 until Feb. 10

The governor is also expected to announce whether or not Louisiana will remain in its current "modified" Phase Two of reopening the economy, which is set to expire Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Second staffer in Gov. Edwards’ office tests positive for COVID-19 in less than 2 weeks

A second staffer in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has tested positive for COVID-19 in less than two weeks, the governor’s office announced Monday, Jan. 11.

Rural parishes struggling to keep up with administering coronavirus vaccines

Rural parishes in Louisiana are struggling to keep up with the vaccine demands.

  Hospitals gear up for COVID-19 vaccinations

Hospital systems are working to get the limited doses out quickly and efficiently.

La. breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations same day Gov. Edwards holds first news conference of 2021

Gov. Edwards is expected to address the state’s continued spike in COVID-19 cases, the alarming increase in hospitalizations, and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for Louisiana residents 70 and older.

  Nursing homes, senior citizen advocates say COVID-19 vaccinations will boost optimism

Some local nursing homes are ready for the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine to be administered to their residents and staff.

  New study shows in-person schools did not increase COVID-19 hospitalizations in areas with low rates

A new Tulane Study finds in-person schooling has little effect on COVID-19 hospitalizations.

  Lower 9 residents welcome push for wider vaccine distribution

Lower 9 residents hope for wider distribution of coronavirus vaccines as push begins

Staffer at Gov. Edwards’ office tests positive for COVID-19, 2 others quarantined

Officials with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Monday, Jan. 4 one of the governor’s staffers tested positive for COVID-19 over the New Year’s holiday.

  Reset on Capitol Hill: A look ahead at the 117th Congress

When the new Congress takes the oath of office on Sunday, everything resets. Old bills that never got a vote are tossed out, but the issues remain.

  State addresses the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations; expects faster pace as holidays end

LDH official says by the end of this week over 200,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine will have been allocated to Louisiana.

  New Orleans mother of 6 still dealing with complications following COVID-19 infection

We first introduced you to Trichelle McDaniel in May as she held her baby boy for the first time after spending 72 days in the hospital. She was 35 weeks pregnant when she tested positive for Covid-19. She went into preterm labor and had to undergo an emergency c-section at Touro Hospital.

  Gov. Edwards says 70 year olds and older to begin getting COVID vaccine next week

Vaccines will be administered at 100 pharmacies around the state.

  New Orleans doctors learning more about complications associated with Covid-19 infection

New Orleans doctors are learning more about the devastating consequences of Covid-19. "Blood clots are a big problem in this disease," said Richard Vander Heide,M.D.,with LSU Health Pathology.

  Gov. Edwards expresses optimism about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in final news conference of 2020

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed optimism about the state’s continued rollout of two federally approved COVID-19 vaccines in his last public address of 2020.

SCAM ALERT: BBB warns of scammers trying to cash in on second round of stimulus checks

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that scammers are taking advantage of the news of Congress passing a COVID-19 relief bill that includes another round of stimulus checks for most Americans.

LDH: Wednesday’s 6,754 COVID-19 cases is the single highest daily count reported, without backlog, during pandemic

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) say the 6,754 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday, Dec. 30 is the highest single-day total of cases reported during the pandemic so far, without neither a backlog nor two day’s worth of cases.

  People eager for the start of 2021 are urged to have realistic expectations

Many people say they are counting on a great 2021 but a mental health expert says it will be important to have healthy expectations.

  Locals are optimistic about the impact federal funds for small businesses will have as a new year begins

Local businesses that continue to struggle due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have access to additional federal loans that can be forgiven if the criteria is met.

‘We are going to get assistance across the goal line’ - Rep. Garret Graves weighs in on stalling of COVID-19 relief bill

"We’re going back to Washington on Sunday or Monday morning to go finalize these negotiations and get this done," Rep. Graves said.

  Gov. Edwards: Number of patients in hospital higher today than peak of summer surge

Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference to address Louisiana’s rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

Edwards keeps virus rules as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge

Gov. John Bel Edwards is renewing his current COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities, and he’s warning the holidays threaten to exacerbate Louisiana’s latest coronavirus surge.

According to study minorities less likely to get COVID-19 vaccine

The CDC says minorities have been more likely to have serious complications with COVID-19, but a number of studies say there are far less likely to get a vaccine. However, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is hoping to change that for minority groups.

‘Our hearts are in pieces’: Family discovers 13-year-old daughter has leukemia following COVID-19 diagnosis

A Grand Strand family is calling it a nightmare come true. Their 13-year-old daughter is not only battling COVID-19 but now also leukemia.

Pelicans to limit attendance in Smoothie King Center for 2020-2021 season

Attendance inside the Smoothie King Center for New Orleans Pelicans games will be limited during the 2020-2021 NBA season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Cedric Richmond tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Cedric Richmond has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration says.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser tests positive for COVID-19

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Twitter Wednesday, Dec. 16.