EBRPSS discusses plan for schools in event of another COVID-19 outbreak

While students in East Baton Rouge Parish are having to adjust constantly to keep everyone safe, the superintendent said he wants everyone to know they’re working on a plan moving forward in case schools are faced with another outbreak.

  COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Locations

  Health experts warn about dangers of ultra-processed foods

  White House partners with Louisiana to establish new major community vaccination center in Baton Rouge

  With economy opening back up, La. and national businesses looking for employees

  Small number of fully vaccinated Louisianians tested positive for COVID

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

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  CDC says establishments don’t have to clean multiple times a day, once a day should suffice

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

  Parents, teachers want more details about EBR early start date; town hall scheduled for next week

  Expecting mothers or breastfeeding moms, who received COVID-19 vaccine, can pass antibodies to babies

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

  Scammers after people through COVID-19 surveys

Cantrell ‘hopeful’ for large-scale Saints games in Superdome

“So by this time next year, I’m hoping absolutely we'll be able to celebrate and host events in this city like no one can do, so it’s an exciting time and how far we’ve come, but let me tell you the light's clearly at the end of the tunnel,” said Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

California’s Pacific Gas & Electric charged in 2019 wildfire

The blaze burned more than 120 square miles and destroyed 374 buildings.

  No appointment needed at Port Allen drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine event

West Baton Rouge Parish is partnering with Arbor Health Clinic and the Louisiana Department of Health to offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination event.

  Louisiana leaders discuss the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport

A vaccine passport is a record of someone’s COVID-19 related health data. It can be digital, like a phone app, to show if someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus

  Hispanics face obstacles when it comes to seeking mental help

  COVID ICU nurse who missed child’s birth looks back as son turns 1

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Coastal Bridge owner known for costly construction delays arrested for skipping Disney World COVID screening

CDC says people can safely travel again, tourism industry to benefit

  What will Easter Sunday look like in church this year?

  Lessons from the pandemic to apply to global environmental awareness

La. AG issues warning about fake COVID vaccine cards sold online

Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a warning to Louisiana residents Thursday, April 1, about fake COVID vaccine cards being sold online.

Mets-Nats opener delayed after positive COVID test, tracing

The contest was not immediately rescheduled, even though Friday already had been set up as an off day that could accommodate a game pushed back from Thursday if there were a rainout, for example.

  Doctors urge people to stop double booking COVID vaccine appointments

Louisiana state leaders and health professionals are urging people to refrain from double booking COVID vaccine appointments.

  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.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

  Pfizer says its vaccine is safe and effective for kids 12 and up

In an effort to get as many teens and young kids vaccinated before school starts next fall, Pfizer announced on Wednesday, March 31, that its vaccine is now safe and effective for kids as young as 12 years old.

  New initiative provides free rides for COVID-19 vaccines in East Baton Rouge Parish

A new initiative by HealthyBR will provide more vaccination pop-up sites and free Uber rides to get folks to and from their vaccine appointments.

  BR yoga therapist helping people with PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety, more

She works with people all over the country. Through the use of social media, she’s helping people find their breath. Guinta serves those with PTSD, spinal injuries, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and more.

  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.

  Could Louisiana universities require students to get the COVID vaccine?

Could colleges and universities force students to get the COVID vaccine?

  Despite slump in testing, Gov. Edwards, LDH confident COVID-19 rates remain lowest of pandemic

The testing sites run by the Louisiana Department of Health are largely quiet, which is a far cry from when they were first set up at the beginning of the pandemic.

  Crews battling Black Hills wildfires gaining control

High winds are hampering firefighters battling wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

  Restaurant Revitalization Fund may give Louisiana restaurants an extra boost as pandemic moves on

Food is a must in Louisiana, but already several restaurants in Louisiana closed during the pandemic.

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.

  Doctors concerned about possibility of fourth COVID-19 surge

Cases are increasing in some parts of the country and health officials are concerned about a fourth surge.

  Younger people aren’t rushing to get vaccine shots

As of Monday, March 29, if you wanted to get your vaccine, the only requirements are that you’re at least 16 years old and are willing to get the shot.

  Grounded: Some cities lost more than half their flights amid COVID-19

Airports around the country lost flights as the pandemic forced airlines to reduce service. As the vaccine rolls out, airline experts expect a return to service beginning with an increase in leisure travelers.

  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.

  Southern University to hold in-person graduation in May for Class of 2021

Officials with Southern University and A &M College say Spring Commencement for the Class of 2021 will be held in-person in May 2021.

  How masks may be affecting children’s speech development

We’re one year into mask-wearing, and experts are looking at how masks may be affecting children’s speech development.

  Teens now eligible for the shot. Are parents for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Those who are age 16 and older will be eligible to get a COVID-19 shot, some parents are all for it while others are hesitant

Low turnout at mass vaccination event at Southern University

On Saturday, Ochsner along with the help of Southern University, aimed to put on a vaccination event the size of which they haven’t seen so far but didn’t get the turnout anticipated.

  Southern University will hold a mass vaccination site Saturday in hopes of getting more people vaccinated in North Baton Rouge

On Saturday, March 27 people from all over the capitol region will line their cars around Southern University’s campus to get their first shot of Moderna. It’s a part of Southern’s campaign “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!” It’s a message they are hoping will spread beyond the North Baton Rouge community.

  Louisiana hosts virtual info sessions on coronavirus emergency rental assistance program

The Louisiana Housing Corporation and Louisiana’s Office of Community Development will co-host a series of virtual information sessions to provide landlords and renters with information about the State of Louisiana’s U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Southern University launches statewide COVID-19 vaccine campaign

The new initiative will engage Southern University alumni and other stakeholders across all 64 Louisiana parishes.

  COVID-19 milestone: local hospitals report no new coronavirus patients

For the first time since the earliest part of the pandemic, Baton Rouge General, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and Ochsner Medical Center had days where they had no new COVID-19 admissions.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking for more volunteers to help to give out the vaccine, but one nurse is going above and beyond

Carla Brown is a nurse for Canon Hospice, she’s helped many grieving families say goodbye to their loved ones, but she was not prepared to say goodbye to her own true love during the pandemic.

  Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force hopes to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050

Gov. John Bel Edwards set goals to reduce net emissions by 26 to 28% by 2025, 40 to 50% by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

BBB warns of text survey scam about Pfizer COVID vaccine

Did you receive a text with a survey about your vaccine? It’s one of those scams that just keeps reappearing, each time with a new twist.

La. Health Centers set to receive more than $95M for COVID-19 response

More than 30 community health centers in Louisiana will receive more than $95 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support COVID-19 vaccination and services for vulnerable populations.

BRING BACK LOUISIANA: Gov. Edwards asking for volunteers to get communities vaccinated

In an effort to help get more people vaccinated in communities across the state Governor John Bel Edwards has asked Louisianans to go sleeves up against COVID and launched a grassroots effort called Bring Back Louisiana.

  Can COVID-19 face masks help against seasonal allergies?

You’ve seen it on your car, the sidewalk, and on the road. Pollen season is upon us.

  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.

  BR EMS expanding force, pushing for EMTs and paramedics

East Baton Rouge Parish EMS is now pushing to help recruit people to get trained as EMTs and paramedics.

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

  Be sure to protect your pets from these plants this spring

Spring is a great time to plant new plants in your garden and around your home. However, experts say there are some plants that you need to watch out for that can harm your bets.

  Will a fourth vaccine soon be available in the fight against COVID-19?

In a recent study done here in the U.S., the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca showed their vaccine would be another effective tool towards combating COVID-19.

  Virtual memorial service for first COVID-19 death in EBR

Tuesday, March 23, marks a year since the first COVID-19 related death in East Baton Rouge Parish.

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.

11 National Guard Soldiers transporting vaccines held at gunpoint in West Texas, suspect arrested

An Arizona man has been arrested after he cut off and held at gunpoint a caravan of National Guardsmen transporting COVID-19 vaccines to Matador, Texas around 7 a.m. this morning, according to Idalou Police.

  Local hospitals gearing up for the surge of new people eligible for the vaccine

Local hospitals said they’re excited and expecting a surge of new people in the coming weeks.

Grocery store workers finally eligible for vaccine after latest expansion

Grocery store employees are weighing in after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement that they would become eligible to receive the vaccine

  Researchers now focusing on females to better understand how girls burn energy and to prevent borderline obesity

Doctors at Pennington Biomedical Research Center are bringing in female teenagers to study key differences in girls’ bodies.

Parts of U.S.’s Southernmost States Will ‘Tropicalize’ as Climate Changes

These changes will have complex economic, ecological and human health consequences, the study predicts.

Sleeves Up: Louisiana launches intensive vaccination effort

Campaign’s goal is to get COVID-19 vaccines to “communities of concern” through targeted pop-ups and outreach

  Old South Baton Rouge suffers blight attracting disease carrying mosquitoes

It’s trash, tires, and more: Blight piling up in Old South Baton Rouge is turning parts of the area into an eyesore. Abandoned properties are becoming dumping grounds.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards expands vaccine eligibility in La. to all essential workers

During his news conference on Thursday, March 18, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he is expanding vaccine eligibility in Louisiana to all essential workers at least 16 years old.

  LDH hosting two virtual COVID-19 vaccine town halls Thursday: here’s how to sign up

For anyone with questions or concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana, health leaders are hosting two virtual town hall webinars in hopes of getting those questions answered.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine available at local church Saturday

The shots will be given out at Elm Grove Baptist Church located at 1069 N. 38th St. on Saturday, March 20.

Ochsner Baton Rouge holding coronavirus vaccine clinic Saturday, March 20

Ochsner Baton Rouge will be holding a free coronavirus vaccine clinic from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 20.

  Vaccines open to all Mississippians Tuesday

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says COVID-19 vaccines will be open to all Mississippians beginning March 16.

  Adjacent BR neighborhoods provide evidence for health disparity thesis

Blight isn’t just ugly, it’s a public health risk that has a bigger impact on low-income neighborhoods.

  What scams to look out for before you make your next trip

Many of you are itching to plan future vacations and to take work trips as more people get vaccinated for COVID-19.

  Meals On Wheels partners with EMS to bring COVID vaccines to homebound residents

Many homebound residents, particularly in north Baton Rouge, only had one option in getting the COVID-19 vaccine until Monday, March 15.

  Applications for the EBR Rental Assistance Program begins Monday, March 15

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced her office is launching the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help provide financial relief to landlords and renters who have been impacted during the pandemic.

Gov. Edwards declares Day of Remembrance for Louisianans who died from COVID-19

On March 14, 2020, Louisiana had its first death due to coronavirus.

New Orleans moving to Phase 3 Friday; businesses allowed to operate at 75%

Restaurants and businesses can operate at 75 percent capacity