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.

Hope Medical Group for Women, the Shreveport abortion clinic that prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court this year, has dropped a separate lawsuit against Louisiana’s abortion regulations.

Most maternal deaths during or within a year of pregnancy in Louisiana in 2017 could have been avoided, according to a newly released review by the Louisiana Department of Health.

A new site for COVID-19 testing opens Wednesday in New Orleans, amid a national shortage in testing supplies and long delays in testing results.

Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak, with confirmed cases growing from two to 32 between Sunday and Monday.

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Hospital leaders across Louisiana are getting behind Gov. John Bel Edwards and his efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak as some GOP leaders ramp up their resistance.

This week, a federal judge in Maryland ruled that people can now access abortion pills through the mail during the pandemic, rather than having to go to a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.

But the ruling won’t change anything for Louisiana women and abortion patients.

Today marks day two of the new state-wide requirement for everyone to wear a mask or face-covering in public. But the measure announced by Governor John Bel Edwards over the weekend is already sparking resistance. For more on masks and the state of the virus in Louisiana, reporter Rosemary Westwood spoke with Dr. Joseph Kanter of the Louisiana Department of Health, where he’s the director of Region One.

Here are the key takeaways:

As the number of coronavirus cases across the state grows, questions loom over whether people are following public health measures — and if not, how much worse the virus’s growth could become.

Louisiana is now one of the leading states in the nation for most new coronavirus cases.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week to strike down a Louisiana abortion law, the state — and particularly the defense mounted by Attorney General Jeff Landry — has been criticized for its tactics by abortion-rights groups.