COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Locations

More and more locations around the Baton Rouge area are receiving doses of the coronavirus vaccine and we want people to know where they can receive them.

  Stroke care accessibility in EBR is limited

House passes 3 bills to limit access to abortion

  BESE directs supt. of education to ask gov. to lift mask mandate for students in summer programs

  Pennington Biomedical Research Center study shows mothers of preschoolers suffered high stress rates during pandemic

  Second round of pandemic EBT benefits coming to eligible Louisiana children

  FDA may authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds this week

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  Mothers working in healthcare are the real heroes

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine at Alex Box Stadium, you can attend an LSU baseball home game free: here’s how

  New study shows promising job outlook for Class of 2021

  Gov. Edwards expands COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program to include utilities

Biden’s plan would boost conservation of US lands, waters

US proposes ending rule that weakened wild bird protections

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

Gov. John Bel Edwards held his weekly news conference on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 5.

  Sgt. Charles Warren leaves hospital after 5-month COVID fight

Sgt. Charles Warren with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is finally going home.

US birth rate falls to lowest point in more than a century

Births have been declining in younger women for years, as many postponed motherhood and had smaller families.

  Supporting local during Small Business Week

The first week of May marks National Small Business Week, which means there’s a push to get people out in the community and into local Baton Rouge businesses.

  ‘He is a miracle:’ After fighting COVID-19 in hospital since Dec., TPSO sgt. heads home Wednesday

City of BR approves bike lanes for Hyacinth Avenue

  EBR launches initiatives to get eligible teens vaccinated at school

  Helping pets with separation anxiety as you start to head back to work

Bishop Duca modifies Mass attendance guidelines

  2 PPE production facilities going to Acadiana

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

Across the nation, nearly 800,000 people suffer strokes each year. When someone has a stroke, minutes matter, but hospital closures and other access issues mean millions of people find it difficult to get specialty stroke care quickly.

Gov. Edwards encourages restaurants to register for SBA’s new Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Governor John Bel Edwards is encouraging restaurants, bars, catering companies, and other food-related businesses in the state to register for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which allows businesses to offset losses incurred during the pandemic.

  LDH paying close attention to new variants coming into Louisiana; two confirmed cases of Brazilian variant

Louisiana now has three different versions of COVID-19 identified and possibly spreading across the state

  LSU allowing 100% capacity for all outdoor sporting events, effective immediately

LSU is planning to allow 100% fan capacity for all of its athletic venues this weekend, WAFB has learned.

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

The governor’s address will be streaming live in this story and on the digital platforms of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, WVUE-TV in New Orleans, KALB-TV in Alexandria, KNOE-TV in Monroe, KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, KSLA-TV in Shreveport.

  2 cases of Brazilian COVID-19 variant confirmed in Louisiana

Officials the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has confirmed the state’s first two identified cases of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the Brazil P.1 variant.

  Parishes in Capital area lift mask mandates after governor amends restrictions

Shortly after Gov. John Bel Edwards amended the statewide mask mandate in Louisiana, some parish presidents started lifting it in their areas.

  US vows again to ban menthol flavor in cigarettes, cigars

The mint-flavored cigarettes are overwhelmingly used by young people and minorities, particularly Black smokers, 85% of whom smoke menthols. That compares to about a third of white smokers.

  Ochsner hosts Facebook live discussion on COVID-19 vaccine for special needs community

Ochsner Health is hosting a Facebook Live Q&A at 11 a.m. for those with special needs and caregivers.

How convention centers, hotels, tourism will benefit from new COVID guidelines

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that people can attend indoor and outdoor gatherings with looser restrictions.

  Booze-to-go ordinance approved by Metro Council

The Metro Council voted unanimously to allow curbside pickup and delivery indefinitely, including to-go drinks.

  Here are the parishes that have lifted the mask mandate

Local governments and businesses can set their own mandates. Masks will still be required in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public transit, state buildings, and healthcare facilities

  Gov. Edwards amends statewide mask mandate

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Tuesday, April 27, the statewide mask mandate will be eased to allow local governments and businesses to set their own mandates. However, masks are still required in certain places statewide.

  EXCLUSIVE: Congressman-elect Troy Carter reacts to governor’s mandates

Congressman-elect Troy Carter (D-La.) agreed to an exclusive interview about the latest COVID mandates by Gov. John Bel Edwards, just hours after they were announced.

  CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday in yet another carefully calibrated step on the road back to normal from the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 570,000 people in U.S.

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced changes to the state's coronavirus restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate, on Tuesday, April 27.

  Louisiana COVID-19 vaccine supply outpacing demand

As supply outpaces demand, Louisiana has passed on some federal shipments of COVID-19 vaccines with only a quarter of the state fully vaccinated.

  National Drug Take-Back Day plays its part in the opioid crisis

Drop off locations such as BRPD headquarters on Airline Highway were open to drop off any unwanted narcotics. The narcotics were then loaded into boxes and shipped off out of state to be properly disposed

Louisiana resumes use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after CDC, FDA lift pause

Louisiana Department of Health will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following a decision late Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  Go forth and spend: Call for action closes US climate summit

“We’re gonna do this together,” Biden said, speaking live to a final Zoom-style screen of leaders of national governments, unions and business executives around the world.

  Baton Rouge bars offer free shots of booze if you get a Moderna vaccine

Participating bars include Fred’s, Reggie’s, The House, Mike’s, JL’s Place.

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

  How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?

The need for follow-up shots will depend partly on the success of the vaccination push globally.

  LSU professor: Many not only Zoom fatigued but more self-conscious and self-aware

Some people love virtual calls for work while others hate it and it turns out, there may be a few more side effects than just Zoom fatigue.

Biden aims for momentum as US returns to climate fight

The president’s first task: Convincing the world that the politically fractured United States isn’t just willing when it comes to Biden’s new ambitious emissions-cutting pledges, but also able.

LSU, UL System consider ways to accommodate staff concerned about returning to in-person classes

The presidents of LSU and the University of Louisiana System said Wednesday that they are reviewing how to accommodate faculty members who feel they might be at risk in returning to in-person classes this fall.

Democrats push $25B to electrify school buses, a Biden priority

The legislation led by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., seeks to build on the administration’s effort this week to promote the electrification of school buses, which Biden sees as an important step in addressing climate change and economic inequities.

Uber reminds drivers, riders of face mask policy as COVID vaccinations increase

The rideshare company Uber has issued a reminder to both riders and drivers about its mask-wearing policy as more and more people begin to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the U.S.

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

Scientists, environmental groups and even business leaders have called on President Biden to set a target that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Also roaring back from pandemic: Earth-warming emissions

Worldwide energy-related carbon dioxide emissions could surge by 1.5 billion metric tons this year, following last year’s decline due to the pandemic, according to a Tuesday report from the International Energy Agency, an intergovernmental group based in Paris.

Taco Bell to recycle, reuse hot sauce packets

The fast-food chain says it is working on a recycling pilot program.

  Efforts underway to get more vaccinated at new EBR mass vaccination site

An extremely low turnout at the new mass vaccination site in East Baton Rouge may be a growing concern as we try to put an end to COVID-19.

  Together Louisiana going door-to-door to sway residents to get vaccinated

Volunteers went door to door across several Baton Rouge neighborhoods Monday to educate people about the vaccine and answer any questions they might have from the comfort of their own home.

LSU says it will not require students to get COVID-19 vaccine for fall

Louisiana’s higher education officials are encouraging tens of thousands of students to get COVID-19 vaccines before returning for in-person instruction next fall, but they do not plan to require it.

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

The climate crisis poses a complex political challenge for Biden, since the problem is harder to see and far more difficult to produce measurable results on than either the coronavirus pandemic relief package or the infrastructure bill.

  Tips on how to deal with stress in your life during Stress Awareness Month

Taking a step back to focus on our mental health doesn’t come easy as we juggle our day-to-day lives during COVID-19.

  Extremely low turnout at mass vaccination site assisted by FEDs

The partnership between the federal government and local and state agencies aims to get thousands of shots in arms every day, even going the extra mile.

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Biden has pledged the U.S. will switch to an emissions-free power sector within 14 years, and have an entirely emissions-free economy by 2050.

  Louisiana worries about fourth surge, as other states across the country experience surges and slow rise in cases

The biggest concern from Louisiana Department of Health is the second variant, also known as the UK variant, that is already impacting other states. The past couple of weeks Louisiana and other southern states are starting to see cases climb which could be a problem in the future.

  West Feliciana leads La. in percentage vaccinated

West Feliciana Parish leads the state of Louisiana by far when it comes to vaccination percentages by parish.

  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.).

La. officials prepare to open mass vaccination site

Louisiana officials, with help from FEMA, are preparing to open a mass vaccination site in Baton Rouge, La.

How to sign up for a virtual town hall on COVID-19 happening today

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) are hosting a series of virtual community conversations called “All Things Covid-19 Vaccines – A Tele-Townhall for Sharing Information and Answers.”

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

Today, the White House announced that the Administration will be partnering with the State of Louisiana to build a new major Community Vaccination Center (CVC) in Baton Rouge.

  How to submit an application for the EBR Rental Assistance Program

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.

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

When the news broke about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday, one Coast family was already living with a tragedy they believe was caused by the vaccine.

  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.

Louisiana to immediately pause J&J vaccine distribution following FDA, CDC recommendations

Vaccination events offering the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been altered, or altogether cancelled

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

An ambitious 2030 target would guide the federal government’s approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure, as well as zero-emissions vehicles and buildings, and “would inspire other industrialized nations to set bold targets of their own,’' the group wrote.

  Health experts warn about dangers of ultra-processed foods

Health experts are warning you about the dangers of ultra-processed foods you’re putting into your body.

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

Are you looking for a job? Signs have been popping up outside businesses all across the Baton Rouge area that read, “Now Hiring.”

  Small number of fully vaccinated Louisianians tested positive for COVID

A small group of Louisianians has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking their final dose of the vaccine. It’s called a “breakthrough case.”

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday, April 8 about the state’s continued fight against COVID the coronavirus and discuss the upcoming legislative session.

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

The 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

A telephone hotline is now available to Louisiana residents in which they can call to schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area, and connect people with medical professionals about vaccine-related questions

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

Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse’s expressed his desire for students to start on July 28. But some parents, teachers, and board members say they have some concerns about the early start.

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

Reports are now showing expecting mothers or mothers who are breastfeeding, who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, can pass along those antibodies to their child.

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

In 207 counties in 2018, there wasn’t a family, general or internal medicine doctor – the primary care doctors mainly for adults, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of federal data.