THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS IN HOSPITALS BEING TREATED FOR COVID-NINETEEN HAS FALLEN BELOW EIGHT HUNDRED IN LOUISIANA. THERE ARE THIRTY-THREE FEWER PATIENTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. THERE ARE THREE FEWER PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS. FOUR HUNDRED FORTY-THREE MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS FOR A TOTAL OF THIRTY-EIGHT-THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINETY-SEVEN. THERE ARE TWENTY-ONE MORE DEATHS FOR A TOTAL OF TWO THOUSAND SIX-HUNDRED SEVENTEEN.
ACADIANA SAW SIX MORE DEATHS FROM COVID NINETEEN YESTERDAY INCLUDING FOUR IN ACADIA PARISH. THERE WERE ALSO DEATHS REPORTED IN LAFAYETTE AND ST. LANDRY PARISHES. ACADIANA HAD THIRTY-THREE MORE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS FOR A TOTAL OF TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE. THERE WERE ELEVEN MORE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH WHILE IBERIA PARISH ADDED TEN.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAD NO ADDITIONAL DEATHS FROM COVID-NINETEEN. THE TOTAL REMAINS SIXTY-FIVE. THERE ARE SEVEN NEW CASES, ALL IN CALCASIEU, BEAUREGARD AND JEFF DAVIS PARISHES. THE TOTAL FOR THE REGION IS NINE-HUNDRED FOUR.
Louisiana health officials say 13 children in the state have developed a rare inflammatory disease related to the new coronavirus, and one has died. Gov. John Bel Edwards gave an update Wednesday on Louisiana cases of what is now known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children. The Centers for Disease Control issued an advisory about the syndrome earlier this month. The number of cases reported in Louisiana so far is a small percentage of the 38,500 known COVID-19 cases in the state as of Wednesday.
A vice chancellor at a Louisiana community college has been named interim chancellor. Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan says Vincent June’s appointment as interim chancellor at South Louisiana Community College takes effect Saturday. The system is looking for a permanent replacement because Natalie Harder will become president of Coker University in South Carolina on Monday. June came to South Louisiana in 2016 and heads academic and student affairs.
THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT’S BUDGET WAS HIGHLIGHTED DURING THEIR FIRST TOWN HALL MEETING YESTERDAY. GERALD GREUNIG HAS MORE.
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SHRIMPING SEASON BEGAN YESTERDAY IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA WITH SHRIMPING BOATS HAVING LINED UP AS EARLY AS TUESDAY NIGHT READY TO TAKE OFF THE NEXT MORNING. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF TOMMY SEAFOOD, CHALIN DELAUNE, IS HOPEFUL FOR A GOOD SEASON WITH FISHERMEN BRINGING IN THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF SHRIMP OVER THE COMING DAYS. CAMERON PARISH IS THE LAST ZONE FOR SHRIMPING THAT HAS BEEN OPENED IN THE STATE. IT’S UP TO THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES COMMISSION TO DECIDE WHEN THE SEASON ENDS BUT DELAUNE SAYS IT NORMALLY LASTS FOUR TO FIVE WEEKS.
A MAN, WHO WAS SHOT IN OPELOUSAS ON MAY FIFTEENTH, DIED TUESDAY. TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD NAKIA L. WHITE HAD BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE THE SHOOTING. BETWEEN TWO AND SEVEN A-M ON MAY FIFTEENTH, OPELOUSAS POLICE RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF A VEHICLE THEFT AND THREE SHOOTING COMPLAINTS, RESULTING IN TWO PEOPLE BEING WOUNDED. A FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE CONFESSED TO THE VEHICLE THEFT AND ONE OF THE SHOOTINGS, BUT NO ONE HAS YET BEEN CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF WHITE.