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New Louisiana Medicaid director begins job in virus outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new state Medicaid director, who started the job Monday in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic. The state health department announced the hiring of Ruth Johnson, who has worked in state government agencies across Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas over the last...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

A Texas state trooper approaches a vehicle at the Texas Louisiana state line near Orange, Texas, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Texas state troopers are now screening travelers coming into the state from Louisiana in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbot. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie told KDFM-TV that troopers began stopping vehicles on Interstate 10 near Orange in southeast Texas and requiring travelers to complete a travel form called for in Abbot's order.  (KFDM-TV via AP)

Texas troopers begin screening travelers from Louisiana

Apr. 5, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — State troopers started stopping and screening travelers entering Southeast Texas from Louisiana on Sunday, in accordance with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbot. Troopers stopped vehicles at a visitors center on Interstate 10 near Orange, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of...

Louisiana awaits ventilators, new facility as cases rise

Apr. 4, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Louisiana rose sharply Saturday as officials awaited the arrival of hundreds of ventilators and prepared to convert a New Orleans convention center into a facility that could hold thousands of patients so that hospitals in the hard-hit region are not...

Louisiana Shrimp Association donates shrimp to food pantry

Apr. 4, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A food pantry in New Orleans has received nearly 2,500 pounds of shrimp to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Second Harvest Food Bank is the recipient of the donation, announced Friday by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing...

Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepares RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana hospitals, medical staff stretched thin amid virus

Apr. 3, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana's coronavirus outbreak exceeded 10,000 confirmed cases Friday, the state's hospitals and health care workers worry if they'll have enough people and equipment to meet the ever-growing demands of an epidemic expected to start overwhelming some medical facilities within a...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gives a media briefing on the presence of the coronavirus in Louisiana, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana virus cases spike as testing expands statewide

Apr. 3, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's confirmed number of coronavirus cases spiked 42% higher Thursday as a backlog of test results poured in and confirmed Gov. John Bel Edwards' message that the virus's footprint across the state is much wider than limited testing has been able to document so far. Nearly...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

Opera singers Irini Hymel and Bryan Hymel sing to quarantined residents of Lambeth House, where a cluster of the coronavirus has formed, in New Orleans, Friday, March 20, 2020. Several resident have died of the virus. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

47 Louisiana long-term care sites seen as virus 'clusters'

Apr. 1, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike ever higher in Louisiana, the state's nursing homes, assisted living sites and adult residential care facilities are showing more and more “clusters” of the virus, but the full scale of the outbreak at those sites remains uncertain....

Timothy Spell, father of Pastor Tony Spell, talks to reporters after services at the Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La., Sunday, March 29, 2020. Tony Spell has defied a shelter-in-place order by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, and continues to hold church services with hundreds of congregants. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Churchgoers flock to hear Louisiana pastor despite virus ban

Apr. 1, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CENTRAL, La. (AP) — Buses and cars filled a Louisiana church parking lot for another service Tuesday evening as worshippers flocked to hear a Louisiana pastor who is facing misdemeanor charges for holding services despite a ban on gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. A few protesters turned out, too,...