Covid-19

Monroe Mayor Asks Citizens To Take COVID-19 Measures

Nov 19, 2020

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM MAYOR ELLIS:

We are seeing significant increases in positive COVID cases in our area, around our state and throughout the country. Hospitalizations are again at an all-time high, and many are still losing loved ones to this virus or lengthy hospital stays. The Monroe area is no exception.

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The city of Mobile is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Some groups already have called off parades and balls because over concerns about spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. But news outlets report that Mayor Sandy Stimpson's office has released a memo saying Mardi Gras isn't being canceled. And the city is getting ready to issue permits for parades that will wind through downtown streets.

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The Louisiana Department of Education is making it easier to keep up with important reopening information for school systems across the state.

Fred Dean Dead At 68

Oct 15, 2020

A Louisiana football legend has died from COVID-19. Former Louisiana Tech star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean has died at the age of 68.

Dean was an outstanding pass rusher for the Bulldogs from 1971 to 1974 after graduating from Ruston High. He went on to play for 12 years in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the 49ers in 1981 and 1984.

Dean attended Ruston High and lived in the area after his playing career.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released details for COVID-19 Phase 3. In a briefing, Edwards explained that some things will change, but some things remain the same. 

Restaurants, churches, salons, spas, and gyms will be allowed open, now at 75% occupancy, but with social distancing in place.

Bars reopen, but with restrictions

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Louisiana Tech’s season opener on Saturday versus Baylor has been postponed and the hope is to make up the game later in the season. A report by The News-Star says 38 players on the Tech football team have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Athletics Director Tommy McClelland says power outages from Hurricane Laura forced many of their student-athletes to find other places to stay and that has produced a COVID outbreak within the team. McClelland says the days leading up to this outbreak, the football team had a stretch of three weeks with only one positive case.

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Testimony in a lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak will go into a second day. Four Jefferson Parish residents are asking Judge Janice Clark to declare the rules null and void and prohibit the Democratic governor from enforcing them.

Their lawsuit argues Edwards’ order requiring the masks, banning indoor gatherings above 50 people and limiting bars to takeout and delivery is unconstitutional.

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A newspaper is reporting that a “handful” of Jefferson Parish teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus since returning to their classrooms to prepare for the opening of in-person instruction.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported the positive tests on Wednesday. The newspaper says the Jefferson Parish school district did not say exactly how many teachers tested positive. The instructors had returned to the classroom on Monday to prepare for the schools' reopening next week.

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The Louisiana Supreme Court says qualified recent law school graduates can practice law without taking the bar exam but must fulfill extra requirements by the end of 2021 to keep their licenses. Three of the seven justices objected. Two called the order a giveaway to more than 500 graduates.

The mental health of health care workers is a growing concern with the pandemic now killing more than 140,000 people in the U.S. New Orleans was a hotspot for COVID-19 in April, and doctors and nurses have learned how to keep many more patients alive since then. But as death counts creep up again, depression is more of a threat.

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