News for Wednesday August 12th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Louisiana coronavirus: 133,125 cases | 4,195 dead | 1,335 in hospital | 89,083 recovered.
Louisiana reports a significant 47 person drop in COVID hospitalizations, part of a two-week-long trend in declining healthcare capacity usage from COVID patients. Governor Edwards says despite Tuesday’s notable drop in COVID hospitalizations many healthcare systems are still struggling. 1,338 people are currently in Louisiana hospitals with COVID-19.
Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says the state continues to see an increasing number of cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or M-I-S-C, associated with COVID-19 among young people. Billioux says the most common symptoms of this syndrome include GI issues, including nausea and diarrhea. On Monday, the state reported a fourth death linked to M-I-S-C. As of August 10, the number of confirmed MIS-C cases in Louisiana has risen to 44.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 officially announce conference schools will not be playing football this fall due to the coronavirus with hopes of playing in the spring. Many prominent college football players and coaches are pushing back against the decision to scrap fall sports.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sanky has responded to the moves by the BIG Ten and PAC-12 and says he is looking to learn more about the factors that lead to their decisions, but says he remains comfortable with the SEC’s approach to supporting a healthy environment for student athletes. He adds the conference will continue to further refine it’s policies and protocols for a safe return to sports.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday expressed concern that as many as 200,000 jobless Louisiana residents, representing nearly half of those receiving unemployment benefits, could be excluded from enhanced payments issued by President Donald Trump, if the state can’t find a workaround to pay for its share of the costs. It’s estimated the cost for getting the benefits from the feds could be in the hundreds of millions. The Governor saying yesterday “this underscores the need of Congress to come to a compromise”.
Hurricane experts are calling for an active season of storm activity and with that prediction, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is stressing the importance of proper coverage. Donelon says flood, homeowner, and commercial property insurances can still be obtained now, but only while a storm is not in the Gulf. Flood insurance will take 30 days to take effect after your first premium payment. Donelon says documentation of property is vital to expediting insurance claims.
Federally enhanced unemployment benefits are expected to begin shipping again in a few weeks, this time at 300 dollars on top of state payments instead of the previous 600 dollars. Senator Bill Cassidy backed the President’s recent executive orders relating to unemployment benefits, payroll taxes, and more. He says those should be handled by Congress, but it is suffering from political gridlock.
More than 150 Livingston Parish school district employees and students have been quarantined three days into the 2020-21 school year. School system spokesperson Delia Taylor said as of Tuesday afternoon, 141 students were quarantined due to coronavirus concerns.
After months of lobbying the crawfish industry will be included in the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program aimed at helping food producers impacted by the pandemic.
Congressman Ralph Abraham made the announcement. He says crawfishermen were slammed by having the pandemic shut the country down during their peak spring season.
A 15 year old Crowley teenager has died from injuries sustained during an early morning shooting on Tuesday. According to police chief Jimmy Broussard, officers responded to a call of shots fired only to discover the male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He died in route to the hospital. No arrests have been made so far in the case.
After last night’s game, which the Pels lost to the Kings 106 to 112, the Pelicans have just one more game to go, before their season officially ends. Brandon Ingram did not play last night as he’s set to become a restricted free agent this fall, but the All-Star says he wants to stay in New Orleans. It’s been a disappointing experience for the Pelicans inside the NBA bubble. They entered with playoff aspirations, but will fall well short of reaching the postseason. But Ingram says the experience in Orlando will only make them better.