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.

  Walmart offering COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to eligible patients at 2 stores in EBR through March 1

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

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

Livingston Schools scheduling vaccination appointments for March 10

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

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  Teachers, daycare workers, and pregnant women now among those eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations in La.

New Orleans wants federal vaccine site, but with extra doses

  EBRPSS releases vaccine appointment request form info

  Livingston Parish schools announce vaccination plans for teachers

Livingston man who found ‘life’s calling’ cheering up kids as Santa Claus passes away following COVID hospitalization

Many missing appt. for second COVID-19 vaccine dose due to winter weather; LDH says that’s OK

Many people missed their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine the week of Feb. 15 due to severe winter weather that moved through the ArkLaTex area, but the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says that’s okay.

  Gov. Edwards holds news conference on La. winter weather conditions, COVID-19 Thursday

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will give an update on winter weather conditions and the state's COVID-19 threat at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

  Could winter weather across nation impact COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Louisiana?

With this nasty cold and icy weather hitting parts of the United State and our area, could these weather issues impact vaccine shipments on their way to our state?

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

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

  Texas blackouts fuel false claims about renewable energy

TESTING CENTERS: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in the Baton Rouge area

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

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

  Local woman battling coronavirus, staph infection since end of November finally released from hospital

  With Spanish Town canceled, downtown bars and restaurants prepare for yet another financial hit

Mayor Cantrell tested positive, then negative for COVID-19 in D.C.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s trip to Washington D.C. to meet with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was cut short.

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.

  Behind the scenes of Baton Rouge’s largest community vaccination site

Around 100 staff members from Our Lady of the Lake Health System make up what could be considered the cavalry in the fight against COVID-19.

  Bridge Center for Hope offers mental health resources

When law enforcement or EMS respond to someone having a psychotic breakdown but might not need emergency medical attention and isn’t posing as a public threat, putting them behind bars or having them wait for several hours to receive medical attention is almost counterproductive.

  Organizations are trying to do more to help those struggling during coronavirus pandemic

“Sometimes the schools don’t always help for lunches and things like that and when they are not able to help I can rely on the food bank,” one woman tells WAFB.

  56 Walmart locations in La. to receive COVID-19 vaccine, 12 in Baton Rouge area

People in Louisiana will soon have another option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As 56 Walmart locations across the state will be receiving the vaccine, including 12 locations in the WAFB viewing area.

Bridge Center For Hope, state’s first-ever adult crisis receiving center, opens Thursday

The Bridge Center for Hope, Louisiana’s first-ever adult crisis receiving center, will have its grand opening in Baton Rouge at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

  Louisiana’s improving virus outlook not driven by increased immunity, doctors say

More than 20% of Louisianans have developed Covid-fighting antibodies, either because they’ve been infected or because they’ve been vaccinated.

Mayor Broome receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome joined the thousands of Louisiana residents who have received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

‘My Birthday in Quarantine’ - Bunkie teacher writes children’s book about COVID-19

Star Higginbotham teaches 10th grade English at Bunkie High School. But when she ended up having to quarantine over Thanksgiving break, she decided to write a children’s book for kids experiencing the same things her family was going through.

  Mayor Broome, health leaders encourage Baton Rouge residents to ‘Geaux Get Tested’

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome along with health leaders and community partners introduced a new initiative on Thursday, Feb. 4 that will focus on administering COVID-19 tests in Black communities across Baton Rouge.

  New initiatives launched to save lives as overdose deaths continue to rise in EBR Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish is on track to surpass a record of fatal overdoses set last year.

  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 receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a robust news conference on the state’s response to the coronavirus at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

  Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires social distancing, something that’s hard to do inside prison facilities putting prisoners and officers at a unique risk.

  No, the COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID, doctors urge you to get vaccine

Doctors say they have heard a lot of bogus claims about the Covid-19 vaccines that have led to people not getting inoculated.

  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.

  New Orleans bar owners respond after city shuts them down citing COVID violations

A day after the city shut down four bars for not complying with Covid regulations, some bar owners say the city does not have the full picture.

IN THEIR WORDS: Reflections from the front lines of the pandemic

Just about one year ago, the first suspected cases of a dubious foreign virus were detected in Louisiana. Since then, over 400,000 Louisianans have contracted COVID-19, while over 9,000 others have lost their lives.

State now has special phone line to help seniors schedule COVID-19 vaccinations

New telephone prompt for seniors added to COVID-19 hotline

“You were trying to hide what you were doing,” several bars shut down overnight for COVID-19 violations

In some instances, the bar’s entrances were locked, and unmasked patrons were served past the 11 p.m. closing time

  Mayor Broome releases statement on Baton Rouge Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras season is here and we are all excited to celebrate in safe ways as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Baton Rouge remains in a dangerous place now that the more contagious UK variant is present in Louisiana.

  Patients with heart conditions need to be more careful during pandemic

Heart Disease patients must be even more careful during the pandemic.

  Schools faced with shortage of substitute teachers during COVID-19

During a time when educators are already faced with having to teach during a pandemic, schools are facing another challenge as there are not enough teachers on standby when one of your kid’s teachers is out.

Neighborhood bars not happy with Carnival shutdown order

Many bar workers were already struggling and looking forward to a carnival income boost.

Mayor Broome releases statement on COVID-19 vaccinations in EBR

oday National Public Radio released an article that discusses the inequity of COVID-19 Vaccine Sites across the South. East Baton Rouge Parish was mentioned as one of these cities. As your Mayor-President I want you to know this weighs heavy on my heart.

  ‘Vaccine tourists’ leaving Louisiana to get their doses in Mississippi

But there are some people who are so desperate to get in line, they’re turning to online groups and even heading out of state for something officials are calling ‘vaccine tourism.’

  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.

  Coronavirus pandemic, isolation especially hard for dementia patients

The isolation has been very hard on patients with memory and cognitive loss, especially for those in nursing homes that are restricting family access.

LDH to hold COVID-19 community vaccination clinic in Baton Rouge on Feb. 4

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will be holding a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible recipients from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Southern University’s F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

Race to get coronavirus vaccine going digital with ‘vaccine hunters’

The race to get vaccinated is now going digital.

  State redirecting vaccine doses from nursing homes to pharmacies

The Department of Health is taking about 16,000 vaccine doses from nursing homes and giving them to pharmacies.

  Baton Rouge doctors concerned about coronavirus variants

O’Neal says even if you’ve already had the virus before, you may not be safe from these new variants.

  ‘All options on the table’ to control large Mardi Gras crowds, officials say

The NOPD is currently working on a plan to try and control crowds in the French Quarter

  Baton Rouge teachers anxiously waiting to finally be vaccinated

Teachers from all over Baton Rouge have been anxiously waiting for their turn to finally be vaccinated, and some have been hesitant.

Live music allowed in New Orleans again with heavy restrictions

There’s been little federal help for an industry that spans from musicians to technicians.

  ‘He was a joy’: Ind. mother loses teen son to COVID-19 complications

Isaiah Mays, of Evansville, was just 19.

  Baton Rouge hospitals beg for more coronavirus vaccines as new variant reaches Louisiana

Over the past couple of weeks, the Louisiana Department of Health has cut the allotted doses for vaccine providers like Baton Rouge General.

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.

EBR Parish Schools partnering with OLOL for virtual roundtable discussions on COVID-19 vaccine

Educators will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the next distribution tier.

EBR EMS paramedics receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Paramedics with the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services (EMS) received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

  91-year-old and 92-year-old best friends survive COVID-19

Mary Louise Lucas met her best friend, 91-year-old Alma Gates, in 1940 during their seventh-grade tumbling class.

A Partnership for the Community: Patient Plus Urgent Care and PRIME Occupational Medicine

Patient Plus Urgent Care has partnered with PRIME Occupational Medicine to bring professional care to the Mid City and the North Baton Rouge communities.

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

  Acadian Ambulance now implementing alternative treatments

Acadian Ambulance started the program started back in June, and it’s already helping out several emergency rooms

  New businesses in Mid-City are making a comeback despite the pandemic

New businesses are slowly replacing the ones that didn't survive the pandemic.

  Nearly 105-year-old Baton Rouge woman gets second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Julia ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins just happens to be 104 years young now, and just so happens to be a record-setting runner.

Healthcare providers react to mostly mild Covid-19 vaccine side effects

It wasn’t too long after he got his first Covid-19 vaccine shot that health educator Dr. Eric Griggs noticed his body’s immune system was working overtime.

  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.

  Johnson & Johnson vaccine effectiveness

Johnson & Johnson vaccine is reporting a lower effective rate compared to the other COVID-19 vaccines, but local government officials and local hospitals say it is still a step forward.

LWC: 1099-G tax forms now available for La. residents who received unemployment benefits in 2020

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has begun the process of mailing 698,000 1099-G forms to individuals who received unemployment benefits in 2020. Digital copies of the 1099 forms are also accessible in the LWC’s secure HiRE website.

City of New Orleans will enter Modified Phase 2 Friday; businesses allowed 50 percent capacity

New Orleans will ease some restrictions allowing larger capacity at restaurants and businesses

  Community activists raise donations for funerals amid coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 has claimed thousands of lives, often leaving families suddenly preparing for funerals they never expected to plan and facing the financial burdens that come with it. Community activist Tonja Myles and her husband Darren saw a unique need they could help meet.

  Dr. Kanter clears up myths surrounding COVID-19 vaccines

Governor Edward’s Chief Public Health Adviser, Dr. Joe Kanter, is trying to clear up some of the biggest myths around the vaccine.

  LDH makes some exceptions on who can get the coronavirus vaccine based on underlying health conditions

The Louisiana Department of Health says that if someone is 16 or older and are undergoing home health care and dialysis, they can get the shot even though they are younger than 70.

  Gov. Edwards warns U.K. variant of coronavirus could become dominant strain as 2 more cases of variant confirmed in La.

Governor John Bel Edwards is scheduled to hold a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 28 to provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19.