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  • Ochsner says fourth surge affecting its ability to care for non-COVID patients Play Video

    August 24, 2021 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Like many other businesses, Ochsner Health announced Tuesday it's mandating the COVID vaccine for their employees. The consequences of refusal will be severe. Ochsner says if employees don't get vaccinated, they'll be suspended for a month, and if they don't get vaccinated in that time they'll... more »
  • WHO issues call for experts to help with COVID origins probe

    August 21, 2021 2:38 PM

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued a call for experts to join a new advisory group it’s forming, in part to address the agency’s fraught attempts to investigate how the coronavirus pandemic started. In a statement on Friday, the U.N. health agency said the new scientific... more »
  • OLOL Children's Hospital reports month-by-month increase in kids presenting to ER with COVID-19 Play Video

    August 18, 2021 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As another school year kicks off, leaders at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital say no children, regardless of age, can escape the risk of being infected as the Delta variant runs rampant through Louisiana. "Really all age ranges, from three weeks of age up... more »
  • Livingston sheriff's deputy, 40, dies from COVID

    August 5, 2021 5:34 PM

    A local sheriff's deputy has died after a weeks-long battle with the coronavirus, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Sheriff Jason Ard said Corporal Robert McKinney served with the department for 10 years. Ard added that McKinney was "proud to wear the badge" and loved his coworkers. ... more »
  • Hospital: Patient gets kidney meant for someone else

    July 13, 2021 12:21 PM

    CLEVELAND - An Ohio hospital has acknowledged that a patient received a new kidney meant for someone else. Officials at University Hospitals in Cleveland on Monday apologized for the mistake and said two employees have been placed on administrative leave. The kidney given to the wrong patient is compatible... more »
  • Mississippi 13-year-old dies after suffering severe burns

    July 3, 2021 10:29 PM

    COLDWATER, Miss. (AP) — A boy has died after he was severely burned in north Mississippi. Tate County Sheriff Brad Lance tells local news outlets that the child was burned on Sunday and taken to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital. He died later after being taken to a burn unit... more »
  • Father accidentally shot 9-year-old son while holstering gun, Texas police say

    June 13, 2021 6:45 PM

    HOUSTON - A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the chest by his father Friday night after the man armed himself because he thought they were being followed, according to ABC News . Police said the father thought he and his son were being followed as they drove through... more »
  • At Baton Rouge General, the first Mother's Day baby was born early in the morning

    May 9, 2021 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first Mother's Day baby born at Baton Rouge General's Birth Center was Jhase Traeon Wingate. Jhase was born around 1:13 a.m. to Shaquendes Joshua and Jaylon Wingate. Both the mother and baby are doing well. more »
  • COVID's US toll projected to drop sharply by the end of July

    May 5, 2021 9:14 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Teams of experts are projecting COVID-19′s toll on the U.S. will fall sharply by the end of July, according to research released by the government Wednesday. But they also warn that a “substantial increase” in hospitalizations and deaths is possible if unvaccinated people do not... more »
  • Death toll in fire at Iraqi COVID-19 hospital surpasses 80

    April 25, 2021 3:09 PM

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The death toll from a massive fire at a Baghdad hospital for coronavirus patients rose to at least 82 Sunday as anxious families searched for missing relatives and the government suspended key health officials for alleged negligence. The flames, described by one witness as “volcanoes of... more »
  • Ochsner, Southern University team up for mass vaccination event Play Video

    March 27, 2021 8:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People lined up their cars on Saturday outside of Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Southern University paired up with Ochsner to bring a mass vaccination site to North Baton Rouge. "It's a very fast and easy process," said vaccine receiver,... more »
  • Married 66 years, husband, wife die minutes apart of virus

    March 22, 2021 11:44 AM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Bill and Esther Ilnisky spent nearly seven decades together as Christian ministers and missionaries, working in the Caribbean and Middle East before preaching for 40 years in Florida. They complemented each other — he the bookworm, she outgoing and charismatic. One without the other... more »
  • Baby born with COVID antibodies after mom got vaccine during pregnancy, doctors say

    March 16, 2021 3:34 PM

    PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Doctors in Florida say a baby delivered in January was born with COVID-19 antibodies after the mother received a vaccine during her pregnancy. WPBF spoke with the two pediatricians who made the discovery , saying they believe it's the first known occurrence of COVID... more »
  • Report: Tiger Woods was on his way to meet Drew Brees before crash put him in hospital

    February 23, 2021 2:52 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golf star Tiger Woods suffered leg injuries Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in suburban Los Angeles and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. 5 p.m. Tuesday sheriff's office news conference on Facebook Live Woods was alone in the vehicle and had... more »
  • 'Paramedic of the Year' accused of helping steal vaccines

    January 26, 2021 2:45 PM

    BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who had been recently named “Paramedic of the Year” helped a supervisor steal COVID-19 vaccines meant for first responders, sheriff’s officials said. Joshua Colon, 31, forged the vaccine screening and consent forms to help cover up the theft of three vials containing... more »
  • As Louisiana's vaccine supply remains 'flat,' Ochsner postpones thousands of vaccinations Play Video

    January 25, 2021 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ochsner Health System says it has administered roughly 86,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the six weeks since vaccinations began. Now, the state's largest hospital system says its share of doses is dropping. "It's been about a 70% decline in the vaccine supply from where... more »
  • Ascension offering free COVID-19 testing in December, January

    December 11, 2020 12:59 PM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish have once again partnered with Ochsner Health System to offer free drive-thru coronavirus testing at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those who get tested, and health insurance is not required. Participants are asked to bring a form... more »
  • 'Think about other people,' Baton Rouge district court judge recounts COVID-19 battle Play Video

    August 20, 2020 9:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District Judge "Chip" Moore says it's a miracle he's recovering following a month-long fight with COVID-19. Moore, who sits on the 19th JDC bench, was admitted to the ICU at Our Lady of the Lake on July 2. "Almost immediately after they saw my oxygen... more »
  • Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys host mobile blood drive in BR

    July 16, 2020 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys is asking the community to come out and donate blood. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys has partnered with Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service, to host a blood drive on Thursday, July 16. The blood drive... more »
  • OLOL 'encouraged' by convalescent plasma treatment; looking for more donors Play Video

    May 18, 2020 9:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Weeks after announcing it would participate in a convalescent plasma program , Our Lady of the Lake has treated more than a dozen patients. The program, led by the Mayo Clinic, is in its early stages, but doctors are already starting to notice positive signs. ... more »
  • Cajun Navy teams up with Murphy Law Firm to deliver PPE to hospitals

    May 18, 2020 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Peyton Murphy of Murphy Law Firm is teaming up with Todd Terrell of the United Cajun Navy to deliver medical gear to four hospitals around Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes Monday. The gear will include face shields, face masks, and hand sanitizer. Lane Regional Medical... more »
  • Coronavirus patient released from hospital after 47 days Play Video

    May 8, 2020 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Medical staff at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital lined the gangway, cheering and applauding as Tera Greene was wheeled out of the automatic doors and into the parking garage. The celebration comes 47 days after Greene first walked in, sick with COVID-19. While in the... more »
  • Cabela's donates 10,000 masks to Baton Rouge hospital

    May 8, 2020 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cabela’s in Gonzales donated thousands of masks to Our Lady of the Lake Friday morning. Around 10 a.m. staff members from OLOL received PPE from Cabela's , an outdoor gear and sporting goods retail store. According to Cabela's around 1,000 masks are used in one... more »
  • OLOL enrolling patients for access to drug proven effective against coronavirus

    April 29, 2020 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients is on its way to the capital area. The U.S. government announced Wednesday it is working to make the antiviral medication 'remdesivir' available to patients as quickly as possible. “What it has proven is... more »
  • PPE donated to healthcare workers in East Feliciana Play Video

    April 19, 2020 10:13 PM

    CLINTON - Louisianans respond to a call for help from East Feliciana Parish, where healthcare workers and first responders are running extremely low on personal protective equipment (PPE). "This is something we've never been through in our lifetime and we're doing the best we can," says East Feliciana Coroner,... more »
  • Convention Center public safety director stole 80 N95 masks from field hospital

    April 4, 2020 8:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - According to the New Orleans Advocate, the public safety director for the New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center stole 80 masks that were meant for health care workers to battle against COVID-19. Vernon Giscombe, 58, was arrested Friday after a state Department of Public Safety... more »
  • Baton Rouge General Mid City reopens ER Monday

    March 29, 2020 12:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Five years after closing its Mid City campus ER and moving most regular hospital care operations to Baton Rouge General off Bluebonnet, the ER will reopen. Baton Rouge General announced its Mid City operations will feature an emergency room again beginning Monday, June 15. Earlier this... more »
  • Two LSU employees collect face masks and gloves for hospital Play Video

    March 22, 2020 12:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Yao Zeng and her co-worker Wei Liu at LSU teamed up and collected medical quality face masks and gloves for Baton Rouge Medical Center in Baton Rouge. "We collected the masks from the Chinese community, door to door. Some gave all." Zeng said. They collected... more »
  • Area hospitals limit visitors

    March 21, 2020 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Upending previous restrictions on visiting hospitals, area care centers have decided that as of Saturday, virtually no visits will be allowed to hospital critical care facilities. Ochsner Hospital COVID-19 special website here Hospital visitor policy posted here The hospital has a zero visitor... more »
  • Woman's Hospital safety guidelines amid COVID-19

    March 15, 2020 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Amid the fears of the coronavirus Woman's Hospital is taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. The hospital will block off certain entrance ways. To enter the hospital use the main entrance. Cancer patients and regular patients can get to their doctor by entering... more »
  • Children's hospital looking for volunteers to help patients Play Video

    February 26, 2020 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital has been open for a few months and has already exceeded the number of patients it predicted. More than 80 specialists and 100 pediatricians work at the hospital, along with dozens of volunteers. Senior Director of Hospital Operations Chad... more »
  • Trophy visits children's hospital before heading to LSU

    January 16, 2020 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital welcomed a very special guest Thursday afternoon and it was a hit! Hospital staff and patients lined up to take a picture with the National Championship Trophy. The visit was a surprise to OLOL, which says it received a... more »
  • 5 charged in high school football game shooting

    November 16, 2019 11:27 AM

    PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at a high school football game in New Jersey: Five men have been charged in connection with a shooting at a high school football game in New Jersey that left three people wounded, including a 10-year-old boy who is... more »
  • Officials investigating fatal shooting on Susan Avenue

    June 16, 2019 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead on Susan Avenue. Police found 28-year old Roderick Daniels in the front yard of 11162 Susan Avenue yesterday afternoon around 5. According to authorities, he suffered from apparent gunshot wounds. Daniels was transported... more »
  • Nearly 700 from LA universities still in measles quarantine

    April 27, 2019 4:31 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly 700 people possibly exposed to measles at two Los Angeles universities are still quarantined three days after health officials ordered the precautions to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease. A spokesman for California State University, Los Angeles, said Saturday that 106 staff members... more »
  • Stolen vehicle crash leaves police officer and another hospitalized; juvenile in custody

    March 10, 2019 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A police chase involving a stolen vehicle and a juvenile ended in a crash that left a police officer and another person hospitalized. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. Sunday at the 4700 block of Prescott Road near Beechwood Drive. BRPD says they were assisting the... more »
  • Our Lady of the Lake highlights the importance of defibrillators Play Video

    February 22, 2019 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake hospital is informing the public about the importance of defibrillators. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a machine that can restore the heart back to its regular rhythm within minutes. "When we put that AED and then shock that heart... more »
  • Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children's hospital

    January 19, 2019 10:42 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for the patients at a Texas children's hospital. Timberlake took a break from his "Man of the Woods" tour to pop in and pose for pictures with the young patients at HCA Healthcare's Methodist Children's Hospital in San... more »
  • Possible Ebola patient released from Nebraska hospital

    January 12, 2019 9:28 PM

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An American being monitored at a Nebraska medical center for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has been released from the hospital, having shown no signs of the disease. The Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said in a news release that the patient left... more »
  • Nebraska center monitors person for possible Ebola exposure

    December 29, 2018 9:57 PM

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An American who was providing medical assistance in Congo may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus and is being monitored at a Nebraska medical center. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that it was housing the person in a secure... more »
  • Couple accuses doctor of inseminating woman with his sperm

    December 28, 2018 6:33 PM

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Florida couple is accusing a retired Vermont doctor of artificially inseminating the woman with his own sperm rather than that of a donor in the 1970s. The lawsuit against Dr. John Coates and then-named Central Vermont Medical Center is seeking at least $75,000 in damages.... more »
  • Fighting the flu from inside the hospital Play Video

    January 9, 2018 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year's flu season is proving to be a deadly one. Five people have died since November at Our Lady of the Lake hospital, and 11 more patients are in the ICU with the flu Tuesday. Last week alone, more than 1,000 patients were tested for... more »
  • 5-month-old dies days after I-12 wreck

    October 12, 2017 2:18 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A five-month-old has died days after a crash on I-12, according to the baby's mother. The crash happened Wednesday evening on I-12 in Livingston Parish. Police said three vehicles collided on the eastbound stretch of interstate around mile marker 10. Police said Friday, the crash... more »
  • Man arrested after gun discharges at hospital

    October 12, 2017 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A man from Gonzales was arrested at an area hospital after his gun discharged in the medical facility overnight. Brandon Williams was charged with illegal use of a weapon, having a gun in a hospital and criminal damage to property. The incident happened on the 6th... more »
  • Clinton man killed in four vehicle crash

    September 23, 2017 9:05 PM

    CLINTON - Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal four vehicle crash that occurred Saturday around noon on LA Highway 10. That crash claimed the life of 66-year-old James Felker. Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer, 41-year-old Daniel Jonson, was traveling westbound on LA 10 and veered into... more »
  • One hurt in shooting on Dutton Avenue

    September 20, 2017 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person has been hospitalized after a shooting on Dutton Avenue Wednesday. The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. near the cross of Dutton and Plank Road. Authorities say one person was shot in the face, however the victim was taken from the scene in stable condition.... more »
  • Child heart patients treated for rare surgical infection

    September 12, 2017 2:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- At least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children's Hospital New Orleans between late May and July have infected incisions, apparently from contaminated equipment. The hospital's chief medical officer says the infections were linked to a machine that regulates a patient's temperature during heart surgery.... more »
  • New Hampshire hospital emergency reopens after mystery odor

    August 12, 2017 2:04 PM

    EXETER, N.H. - A hospital emergency department in New Hampshire is open again, one day after an unknown odor sickened 19 workers. Nineteen staff members at Exeter Hospital were evaluated after some complained of dizziness and nausea on Friday morning. Officials say all had recovered by Friday evening.... more »
  • Rep. Steve Scalise released from hospital; to begin inpatient rehabilitation

    July 26, 2017 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Scalise has "made excellent progress" and was discharged from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the hospital announced on Wednesday. Scalise is now entering into "intensive inpatient rehabilitation." The hospital provided the following update: "Congressman Steve Scalise has made excellent... more »
  • Dad arrested for speeding to hospital with wife in labor

    July 20, 2017 11:16 AM

    PINEVILLE - A Louisiana man who was rushing his wife to the hospital at speeds topping 100 mph missed his child's birth because he was in jail. KALB-TV reports that Zak Evans was arrested Monday and remained in jail as the couple's daughter was born. His wife,... more »
  • Former President Jimmy Carter taken to hospital 'as a precaution'

    July 13, 2017 1:42 PM

    ATLANTA - A spokeswoman for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he was taken to a hospital "as a precaution" after becoming dehydrated at a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Canada. Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo says the 92-year-old Carter was taken to St. Boniface General Hospital for... more »
  • Some patients in NYC hospital shooting improve

    July 1, 2017 12:43 PM

    NEW YORK - Officials at a New York hospital where a former doctor opened fire, killing one and injuring six, say the conditions of some of the victims have improved. Bronx Lebanon Hospital vice president Errol C. Schneer said Saturday that three patients who were listed as very... more »
  • 1 doctor dead, several fighting for lives after NYC hospital shooting

    June 30, 2017 3:37 PM

    NEW YORK - New York City's mayor says one doctor is dead and several others are fighting for their lives after a gunman opened fire at a city hospital. Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at a news conference Friday, hours after a doctor with a rifle concealed... more »
  • Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water system

    June 29, 2017 8:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana health officials say a potentially deadly amoeba has been detected in a Terrebonne Parish water system. The Louisiana Department of Health says the presence of Naegleria fowleri has been found in the Schriever Water System. Officials said Thursday the tap water is safe to drink but... more »
  • Person taken to hospital after incident near Dutchtown High School

    June 7, 2017 4:08 PM

    DUTCHTOWN – One person has been taken to the hospital after an incident near Dutchtown High School, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office confirms that one person was airlifted from the parking lot of the high school following the incident. Further details have not... more »
  • Surviving victim of Portland train attack out of hospital

    May 30, 2017 12:14 PM

    PORTLAND - The lone surviving victim of a triple stabbing aboard a Portland light-rail train has been released from the hospital. Micah Fletcher suffered a neck wound Friday after coming to the defense of two young women who were verbally abused by a man before he allegedly stabbed Fletcher and... more »
  • Recognizing National EMS Week Play Video

    May 26, 2017 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Paramedics working countless hours in the community are recognized for doing what they do best. This week marks National EMS Week. Friday, WBRZ joined an EMS crew in the middle of their shift as it responded to calls around East Baton Rouge Parish. The ride-along included... more »
  • 12-year-old girl first to receive life-changing treatment in Baton Rouge area Play Video

    May 10, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 12-year-old girl from Central will be the first person in the capitol area to receive a new treatment for her rare disorder. Sydney Donovan suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). It's similar to muscular dystrophy in that it degrades... more »
  • UPDATE: Drag racing leads to fatal crash on Airline Hwy. Friday night

    May 5, 2017 11:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police say drag racing led to a fatal crash on Airline Hwy. where one person was killed and two others were injured. Sources say the crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Airline Highway near Barringer Foreman Road. The crash took the life of 20-year-old... more »
  • 13-year-old dies after shooting at Greenwell Springs apartment complex Play Video

    May 5, 2017 8:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's Deputies have confirmed a 13-year-old his died after a Friday night shooting at a Greenwell Springs Road apartment complex. EBRSO officials say the shooting happened at the Mallard Crossing apartments in the 11300 block of Greenwell Springs Road. Officials say the victim was shot... more »
  • Florida Blvd. reopens following head-on crash

    May 5, 2017 8:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews are responding to a head-on crash that left multiple people injured on Florida Blvd. The crash happened after 7:15 p.m. on Florida Blvd. near McGehee Drive. Sources on scene say at least two people have been transported to the hospital, at least one of... more »
  • School bus crash in LaPlace sends 14 students to hospital with minor injuries

    May 5, 2017 5:53 PM

    LAPLACE – The St. John Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a Friday afternoon crash that involved a school bus and pick up truck. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of St. Andrew's Boulevard in LaPlace. The bus was carrying 28 students at the time of... more »
  • George HW Bush released after latest Houston hospital stay

    April 28, 2017 1:29 PM

    HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis during a two-week stay. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that the 92-year-old Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on... more »
  • Victims in Thursday Livonia crash identified as married couple Play Video

    April 27, 2017 7:44 PM

    LIVONIA - Two victims in a crash on Hwy 190 in Livonia Thursday have been identified. The 3-car crash happened just east of the city limits around 6:30 p.m. Livonia Police tell News 2, the wreck claimed the lives of Daniel and Ramonia O'Brien, a married couple from... more »

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