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1/19/2022

Free at-home COVID tests to be distributed in Ascension Parish

Free at-home COVID tests to be distributed in Ascension Parish

Posted 3:52 PM 1/19/2022 by Logan Cullop

DONALDSONVILLE - Free at-home COVID tests will be distributed Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Frank Sotile Jr. Pavillion in Donaldsonville.

Ascension Parish's Office of Homeland Security and (More)

1/14/2022

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

Posted 8:32 PM 1/14/2022 by Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday encouraged more Americans to wear the kind of N95 or KN95 masks used by health-care workers to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Those kinds of masks are considered better at filtering the air. But they were in short supply (More)

1/11/2022

Pharmacists, insurers worried about federal free at-home test program

Posted 6:14 PM 1/11/2022 by Bess Casserleigh

BATON ROUGE - A new federal policy means health insurance-holders will be able to buy at-home tests online or in stores and have them paid for or get reimbursed later with a claim.

The new policy is in effect, but if policyholders think they will be able to walk into a pharmacy next week (More)

1/12/2022

No mask mandate planned for East Baton Rouge, city-parish officials say

Posted 5:00 AM 1/12/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Hours after New Orleans announced it was reinstating its indoor mask requirement, East Baton Rouge officials say there's no plan to do the same here.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's office (More)

1/11/2022

New Orleans reinstating indoor mask mandate

New Orleans reinstating indoor mask mandate

Posted 12:04 PM 1/11/2022 by WBRZ Staff

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans will once again enforce a health order requiring masks inside most indoor settings across the city as coronavirus cases surge across the state.

City Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno announced the mandate would be reinstated starting Wednesday morning.

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1/7/2022

Annual New Orleans concert moves to Baton Rouge due to lighter COVID restrictions

Posted 6:16 PM 1/7/2022 by Earl Phelps

BATON ROUGE - A major blues and R&B concert has moved from New Orleans to the capital city. The annual The New Year's Southern Soul Extravaganza, made its debut Friday evening at the Cane's River Center.

"I expect people to really enjoy themselves," concert promoter Hardell Mack (More)

1/5/2022

Fourth-grade student suspended for refusing to wear mask at school

Posted 1:02 PM 1/6/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - A 9-year-old was sent home his first day back at school for the spring semester after refusing to wear a mask inside a classroom. 

The fourth-grader at the University Laboratory School, located on LSU's campus, was suspended Tuesday for refusing to comply with the (More)

1/6/2022

Louisiana sets another record for new COVID cases Thursday

Louisiana sets another record for new COVID cases Thursday

Posted 6:19 PM 1/6/2022 by Jeremy Krail

BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards will not institute any state-wide, required COVID rules amid a surge in cases tied to the omicron variant.

The governor spoke in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Louisiana has set yet another record Thursday for coronavirus cases reported (More)

1/5/2022

Science teacher arrested for vaccinating 17-year-old student

Science teacher arrested for vaccinating 17-year-old student

Posted 3:26 AM 1/5/2022 by Paula Jones

NEW YORK - A high school teacher with no formal medical qualification allegedly injected a 17-year-old student with a COVID vaccine and was promptly arrested, according to BBC News.

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1/4/2022

COVID case counts may be losing importance amid omicron

COVID case counts may be losing importance amid omicron

Posted 12:26 PM 1/4/2022 by Associated Press

The explosive increase in U.S. coronavirus case counts is raising alarm, but some experts believe the focus should instead be on COVID-19 hospital admissions. And those aren’t climbing as fast.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, for one, said Sunday on ABC that with many infections causing few or no (More)

1/3/2022

Masks, COVID testing and virtual classes: LSU makes changes in January amid virus surge

Posted 7:49 AM 1/4/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Masks will be required inside LSU buildings when students return for the second semester as the university re-opens for classes amid a COVID surge during the holidays.

LSU will not make changes to its academic calendar, the university announced Saturday (January 1 (More)

1/4/2022

CDC updates guidelines for Pfizer booster shots

CDC updates guidelines for Pfizer booster shots

Posted 9:05 AM 1/4/2022 by Paula Jones

As of Tuesday, January 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is updating its recommendation for when many people can receive a booster shot, shortening the interval from 6 months to 5 months for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (More)

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