Rosemary Westwood

Public Health Reporter

Rosemary Westwood is the public reporter for WWNO/WRKF. She was previously a freelance writer specializing in gender and reproductive rights, a radio producer, columnist, magazine writer and podcast host.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported every day has been declining over the past month, but Louisiana’s battle with the coronavirus is far from over.

New Orleans is “meeting the needs” of the roughly 9,600 people now sheltering in the city across 35 hotels after evacuating for Hurricane Laura, Mayor Latoya Cantrell said Tuesday.

More than 9,200 people who escaped parts of Louisiana ravaged by Hurricane Laura are now housed in hotels in New Orleans, maxing out the city’s capacity to host evacuees, city officials said Monday.

People held in two immigration detention centers have faced sweltering heat, no water, a lack of food, and sewage problems in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, according to immigration advocates.

Five people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Calcasieu Parish, local officials announced during a press conference on Friday detailing the damage and recovery efforts after Hurricane Laura.

Translation by Luis Rodrigálvarez

Una planta química en Westlake, La., que se incendió durante el paso del huracán Laura, continúa ardiendo el jueves por la tarde.

Updated at 9:26 p.m. ET

A chemical plant in Westlake, La., that caught fire during Hurricane Laura is still burning Thursday evening.

The facility, BioLab Inc., makes chlorine for swimming pools. Officials are unsure exactly when the fire started, but Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Press Secretary Greg Langley said his agency was informed of the fire around 9 a.m. local time.

A chemical plant in Westlake, La., that caught fire during Hurricane Laura is still burning Thursday evening.

Mandatory evacuations are underway in Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish, as forecasters say Hurricane Laura is strengthening and could possibly become a Category 4 storm when it hits the area.

In a Tuesday evening update, the City of New Orleans said it continues to monitor Hurricane Laura, still predicted to reach land as a Category 3 hurricane tomorrow.

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