Officials say COVID-19 is showing an alarming statewide rise in Louisiana, and New Orleans will soon restrict bars and restaurants to table service in hope of reducing the disease’s spread. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the tables-only rule is non-negotiable, and needed to keep from closing bars in the city. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Louisiana now has a statewide epidemic, rather than one centered in one or two areas. He’s not adding statewide restrictions on bars but says he’ll do whatever is necessary if numbers keep rising.
THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES ARE HIGH AGAIN TODAY WITH ANOTHER ONE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY-THREE. THE TOTAL IS CLOSE TO SEVENTY-TWO THOUSAND. THERE ARE SIXTEEN MORE DEATHS IN THE STATE, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO THREE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED FORTY-SEVEN. HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE BACK UP WITH AN ADDITIONAL TWENTY AND THERE ARE FIVE MORE PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS.
ACADIANA HAD ONE OF THEIR HIGHEST ONE DAY TOTALS OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES WITH FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE. THAT INCLUDES ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-SIX IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. THE TOTAL IS NOW EIGHT THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED TWELVE. THERE WAS ONE MORE DEATH IN THE REGION WHICH WAS IN IBERIA PARISH. THE TOTAL NOW IS TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAD THREE MORE DEATHS TODAY, MAKING IT SEVEN OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS. THE TOTAL IS UP TO NINETY-FIVE. THERE ARE THREE HUNDRED FIFTY MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA INCLUDING NINETY-EIGHT IN CALCASIEU PARISH. THE TOTAL HAS NOW SURPASSED FOUR THOUSAND, TO FOUR THOUSAND THREE TWENTY-TWO.
RESIDENTS LIVING IN ONE CROWLEY NEIGHBORHOOD ARE CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY AFTER A DEADLY SHOOTING TUESDAY NIGHT. SYLVIA MASTERS HAS MORE.
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THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL AGREED TO INTRODUCE AN ORDINANCE THAT WOULD REGULATE SHORT TERM RENTALS AND AIR BNB’S IN THE CITY. ONE OF THE NEW REGULATIONS WOULD REQUIRE OWNER OCCUPANCY. ONE AIR BNB HOMEOWNER, ANGIE COMEAUX, SAYS THAT WOULD FORCE HER OUT OF BUSINESS. COUNCIL CHAIR PAT LEWIS SAYS LAFAYETTE HAS OVER THREE HUNDRED AIR BNB’S AND THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT DOES NOT KNOW HOW MANY OTHER SHORT TERM RENTERS THERE ARE IN THE CITY. THE FINAL DECISION ON THE ORDINANCE IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY TWENTY-FIRST.
A New Orleans nonprofit organization is calling for the federal government to open a civil rights investigation into the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Promise of Justice Initiative sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Justice Department citing a long history of law enforcement misconduct in the region. The nonprofit cataloged decades of corruption and highlighted the so-called Jeff Davis 8, possibly related killings of women that have remain unsolved for more than a decade. A Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
A volunteer firefighter has been accused of starting a fire in south Louisiana. The State Fire Marshal’s Office, in a news release Tuesday, said 18-year-old Kentrelle Beasley Jr. was arrested on a charge of simple arson for setting an abandoned house on fire in Iberia Parish shortly after midnight July 4. The fire marshal’s office said Beasley reported the fire to colleagues at the Jeanerette Fire Department, where he had worked for three months. Investigators later questioned Beasley about the fire and he confessed to starting it so he could help put it out.