News for Monday August 10, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Louisiana Department of Health reported 2,653 more coronavirus cases and 56 more deaths over Saturday and Sunday. While hospitalizations decreased by 23 during this period, the number of patients on ventilators increased by three. There were 35,569 additional test results reported Sunday. Out of those tests, 7.46% were positive for coronavirus.
President Trump announces that starting later this month all states except for Texas, Florida, California and Connecticut will have to start paying 25 percent of the cost of their National Guard COVID deployments. Governor Edwards says that could cost Louisiana up to 10 million dollars by the end of the year. Edwards sent a letter to Trump asking for Louisiana to be added to the list due to the fact that we have the most per capita cases of COVID-19 in the nation. About 1,100 members of the Louisiana National Guard have responded to the pandemic.
The variables that come with the pandemic and children returning to school can cause anxiety for both parents and kids. Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at LSU Health New Orleans Dr. Rick Costa says preparation is key in being ready to tackle whatever pops up. Costa says when kids do have to participate in virtual instruction from home, it is important to have a proper atmosphere established for learning.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association estimates about 200 Louisiana bars have applied for and received restaurant conditional licenses so they can open back up. LRA President Stan Harris says only bars that were previously licensed by the Department of Health to do food service can apply, but for those that do qualify will have to make changes.. Harris says if you have the facilities to make the transition it doesn’t take long to get back up and running.
The University of Louisiana Monroe is seeking qualified adjunct instructors for the fall semester for courses like English, math, communications, psychology, and sociology. ULM VP of Academic Affairs Alberto Ruiz says the hiring push comes as the college is seeing an uptick in enrollment.
LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward says operating at a restricted attendance capacity for LSU football games is going to cost the program tens of millions of dollars this year. Woodward says they’re moving to trying and limit the fiscal damage that will be done to student-athletes as a result of the likely implementation of capacity restrictions once games start September 26th.
As cases of the new coronavirus have risen in recent weeks across Louisiana, hospitals and public health officials have nervously watched to see whether the rising number of cases in so many communities would impact the state’s nursing homes.
A number of the state’s hospitals, including the largest facility in Louisiana, are strained again by an influx of patients diagnosed since the state relaxed a stay-at-home order and started allowing businesses to reopen. Hospital managers fear a large outbreak at a nursing home could abruptly overwhelm healthcare systems, especially in hotspot cities.
Before the pandemic, more than one in three Louisiana hard-working households were financially vulnerable and classified as ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. A new report from the Louisiana Association of United Ways shows just how many people were not financially prepared for the pandemic. Louisiana Association of United Ways President Sarah Berthelot says the research estimates over half of Louisiana’s ALICE workers lost work because of the pandemic. Berthelot hopes the research can be used by charitable organizations to help direct assistance and by policymakers to guide decisions to increase wages for ALICE workers.
A University of Washington model projects 300-thousand Americans will die from COVID by December, but if we mask up that number would drop by 66-thousand.
Louisiana Department of Health Region 9 Medical Director Dr Gina LeGarde, lost her cousin Nadine to COVID in April but says others could be saved if more people would wear masks. 2,700 new cases of COVID were reported over the weekend, along with 56 new fatalities from the disease.
For the first time since 2000 ULM and La Tech football will play after the two teams agree to a November 21st contest at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. The game comes as both teams were scrambling to fill replace their previously scheduled games against SEC opponents.
The 2020 college football season is likely to be postponed after nationwide conference meetings are expected to take place this week, according to Sports Illustrated. On Sunday, ESPN reported that commissioners of the Power Five conferences held an emergency meeting over growing concern fall sports can't be played because of the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple outlets have reported Big Ten leaders are leaning toward postponing the season, and that other conferences might follow suit shortly after.