With the potential threat to Louisiana from the impending Tropical Storm Cristobal, select community-based drive-thru testing sites and mobile testing sites in Louisiana will suspend services from Sunday, June 7 to Friday, June 12.

Lagniappe: WM Mayor On Getting Back To Business

Jun 2, 2020
City of West Monroe

West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell says her city is ready to get back to work.  She joined KEDM News Director Cory Crowe to explain how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the City of West Monroe. 

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Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is ready to move to Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening strategy on June 5.

The Louisiana Department of Health has updated its website to reflect the latest number of COVID-19 positives and will continue to update its website at noon each day.

LDH has resolved the server issue that impacted reporting on commercial lab data on May 23-24, and more than 95% of impacted labs have been pulled into today’s reporting.

Louisiana April Unemployment Below National Average

May 22, 2020

Louisiana reports a 14.5 percent unemployment rate for the month of April as the pandemic leads to mass job loss. That is slightly below the national rate of 14.7 percent, but has led to more than 1.8 billion dollars in unemployment benefits being paid out to nearly 500,000 Louisianans since March 22nd. The March unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Louisiana Department of Health has made public a list of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities where residents and or staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

The report can be found at

Louisiana is reporting 4,084 total resident cases in nursing homes along with 987 resident fatalities and 1,737 staff cases. 


Two Ouachita Parish Library Branches Reopen Today

May 18, 2020

Two Ouachita Parish Public Library branches will reopen to the public with modified hours on Monday, May 18. The Main Branch (located at 1800 Stubbs Avenue in Monroe) and the Ouachita Valley Branch (located at 601 McMillan Road in West Monroe) will operate under the State Fire Marshal’s Open Safely guidelines. Modified hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday until further notice.


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 As 18 Louisiana State Parks reopen to Louisiana residents today, visitors will have more options as previously closed campsites are reopened, new amenities are offered at a number of campsites, and a new discount code takes effect.

Site staff and in-house maintenance teams have worked to upgrade and repair facilities in order to have them available for visitors to the parks.

Bogue Chitto State Park, near Franklinton, is reopening campsites 108-118 in the bottomland campground. These 10 sites have been closed since August 2016 due to flood damages to the nearby bathhouse.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards formally declared that Louisiana will enter into Phase One of its Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana on Friday, May 15, when the Stay at Home order will be lifted and more businesses will be allowed to open with strict social distancing, enhanced sanitation and required masks for employees helping the public.