Efforts are underway to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in local schools. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted to require staff to show their vaccine status and get tested weekly for the virus.
The decision by the FDA to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has drawn even more attention to the conversation. With its approval, what authority do public schools in Louisiana have when it comes to mandates?
Baton Rouge General (BRG) will open a Specialty Infusion Center later this week to administer monoclonal antibodies to COVID-19 patients who fit the criteria. Located in the Center for Health on BRG’s Bluebonnet campus, the center’s 15 infusion bays will allow for up to 80 infusions per day. Staffing will be provided with help from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter applauded the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the first such full approval of its kind.
Starting Monday, Aug. 23, Mayor Latoya Cantrell says the city will begin enforcing it’s new vaccine mandate, which requires business owners to ask for a vaccine card or a negative covid test from each of their customers.
BESE Vice President and District 2 Rep. Kira Orange Jones issued a statement on Friday, August 20, regarding the board’s super majority decision to adjourn its meeting on Aug. 18 after many in attendance refused to wear masks.
Health care facilities have become the newest target in a wave of cyberattacks, according to a recent study. This comes as a record amount of COVID cases continue to put a strain on hospitals in Louisiana, and across the country.
Schools across Louisiana are taking one day at a time and several parishes across the Capital Region chose to opt-out of virtual learning this year to get their students back in class but not all parents are too thrilled about it.
LSU has advised several of its Greek chapters that their members must be tested for COVID-19 after university officials detected the virus in samples of wastewater from Greek houses on campus, a university spokesperson tells WAFB.