New study shows promising job outlook for Class of 2021

Thousands of college graduates crossed the stage on Friday, May 7, but they’re also crossing into a job market that looks more promising than it did more than a year ago.

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  WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

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

  Pfizer aims for full FDA approval of vaccine

  Pressure rises for India lockdown; COVID surge breaks record again

  Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic

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  Support grows for IP waiver on virus vaccines; snags remain

  Moderna: Vaccine boosters likely needed every 9-12 months

CDC sets rules for trial cruises with volunteer passengers

  Canada authorizes Pfizer vaccine for age 12 and older

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

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

Elderly woman dies from COVID-19 in Nebraska, despite being vaccinated

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized more than 14 days after completing a vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine.

  What COVID-era travel changes are likely here to stay?

The pandemic has changed the standards for working on the road and cleanliness on airplanes.

  ‘GetVax’: Text for locations to get COVID vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that nearly 148 million people have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, with over 106 million fully vaccinated.

  COVID’s US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases have been plummeting since January.

  Are Biden’s COVID vaccination goals doable?

  Supporting local during Small Business Week

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

  Pfizer expects to file for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine in May

  EBR launches initiatives to get eligible teens vaccinated at school

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

  Family claims flight home denied after son with autism couldn’t wear mask

The family says they had to drive home in a rental car. What should have been an hourlong plane ride turned into a nearly six-hour drive.

Bishop Duca modifies Mass attendance guidelines

Bishop Michael Duca released modified guidelines on Monday, May 3, for Mass attendance in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

  2 PPE production facilities going to Acadiana

Two new PPE manufacturing facilities are planned for Louisiana and they’re expected to bring hundreds of new jobs.

  FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

  COVID-19 restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

In the U.S., the average number of new cases per day fell below 50,000 for the first time since October, and nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday.

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.

  Germany cancels Oktoberfest for 2nd year over virus fears

Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder said it was with “heavy hearts” that they decided to call off the festival.

  Restaurant survival hopes pick up as $28.6B in grants begin

Thousands of restaurants and bars decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak have a better chance at survival as the government begins handing out $28.6 billion in grants — money to help these small businesses stay afloat while they wait for customers to return.

  US to launch trade talks on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Two White House officials say the U.S. trade representative will begin talks in the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping poorer countries from making their own generic version of critically needed COVID-19 vaccines.

  India launches effort to inoculate all adults against COVID

India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections.

  Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India has killed 18 patients as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.

  US to restrict travel from India over COVID starting Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden’s administration made the determination on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  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

  TSA extends mask mandate on planes to September

The rule was set to expire May 11 but will now run through Sept. 13.

  Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

The reopening and similar steps elsewhere around the country reflect increasing optimism as COVID-19 deaths tumble and the ranks of the vaccinated grow.

  Disneyland reopens as California emerges from virus depths

Disneyland is reopening after a 13-month closure.

  Dr. Fauci: Be sure to get 2nd dose of vaccines

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's important for those getting one of the two-dose vaccines to complete their course to gain maximum protection against the virus.

  US officials: Anxiety drove vaccine reactions in 5 states

The CDC found that about a quarter of the people reporting side effects had similar things happen following past vaccinations.

  Why vaccine hesitancy in young adults matters

A poll released Thursday found 31 percent of adults under the age of 35 don’t plan on getting vaccinated.

  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.

  Free rides, beer and savings bonds: Vaccinators get creative

Public health officials say the efforts are crucial to reach people who haven’t been vaccinated yet.

  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.

  Moderna ups COVID vaccine production

The drugmaker says it wants to produce up to a billion doses in 2021.

  Graphic: Indians turn to black market, unproven drugs as virus surges

As India faces a devastating surge of new coronavirus infections overwhelming its health care system, people are taking desperate measures to try to keep loved ones alive.

  Report: Cruises could resume sailing in mid-July

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said eliminating risk on cruises isn’t possible, so the idea is to mitigate it with a blend of testing, quarantine and vaccination.

  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.

  EU to hold hearing in case against AstraZeneca

The European Commission says it’s taking the British-Swedish firm to court for failing to respect the vaccine delivery commitments in its contract with the 27-nation bloc.

  Kansas City pub gives out shots (vaccines, that is)

This week the Bier Station in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood brewed up a COVID vaccination event after more than 1,000 doses became available.

  AP analysis: The expected COVID baby boom may be a baby bust

Births have fallen dramatically in many states during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary data from half the country.

  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.

  Private school warns teachers against COVID-19 vaccines in Fla.

In a letter sent to students’ parents, the school discourages teachers and staff from getting the COVID-19 vaccines or to wait until the end of the school year.

  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.

  ‘More normal lifestyle’ coming for the vaccinated, HHS chief says

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says people who are vaccinated against COVID will be able to go back to a more normal life.

  Harry and Meghan to lead ‘Vax Live’ fundraising concert

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will appear at “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.”

  1st grader from Minnesota dies of COVID-19 complications

Minnesota health officials have reported an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations of children, as the more contagious B117 variant spreads throughout the state.

  California man hospitalized with clot after J&J vaccination

Federal officials lifted an 11-day pause on use of the single-shot vaccine Friday, saying the benefits outweighed the risks.

  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.

  Pennsylvania elementary school coronavirus outbreak may be due to faulty ventilation system

An investigation is underway to see if a faulty ventilation system is to blame for a COVID-19 outbreak at an elementary school in Pennsylvania.

  Continental Europe could allow US tourists back this summer

EU officials said Monday they are completing plans to allow Americans back this summer, depending on the course of the outbreak on both sides of the Atlantic.

  CDC issues new COVID-19 guidelines for summer camps

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidelines for what summer camps should look like this year.

  EU launches legal action against vaccine-maker AstraZeneca

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been central to Europe’s immunization campaign, and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Spanish man charged with infecting 22 people with COVID-19

He has been charged with intentionally causing injury after allegedly infecting at least five coworkers and three people at the gym, who then infected their family members.

  With OK from experts, some states resume use of J&J vaccine

Among the other states ordering or recommending a resumption, along with Indiana, were New York, Virginia, Missouri and Michigan.

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

  From scarcity to abundance: US faces calls to share vaccines

This stark access gap is prompting increased calls across the world for the U.S. to start shipping vaccine supplies to poorer countries.

  Walmart customer accused of attacking teenaged employee over mask policy

Walmart has required customers to wear masks at all stores since July.

  US drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses

Demand for the coronavirus vaccine has fallen off in some places around the United States to the point where some counties are turning down new shipments of doses.

  US to resume J&J COVID vaccinations despite rare clot risk

Federal health officials uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot, out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most under age 50. Three died, and seven remain hospitalized.

  COVID vaccines recommended for pregnant women

Agency Director Rochelle Walensky noted that a CDC study published this week found no safety concerns with Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations given during the third trimester of pregnancy.

  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.