Travis Lux

Contributing Reporter

Travis Lux primarily contributes science and health stories to Louisiana's Lab. He studied anthropology and sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and picked up his first microphone at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA. In his spare time he loves to cook -- especially soups and casseroles. 

There are three new, clustered outbreaks of the coronavirus in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, at least one of which is at a crawfish production facility, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday afternoon.

Overnight storms dropped 10 to 15 inches of rain on parts of the North Shore in about six hours Thursday night.

That’s heavy enough to be considered somewhere between a 100- and 500-year storm, the National Weather Service said, though the agency prefers not to use those designations anymore.

Louisiana landlords will not be allowed to evict their tenants until June 5, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday, and while housing advocates praised the move, they say evictions should be suspended through the summer to align with federal housing protections under the CARES ACT.

For the third time this month and the second day in a row, labs are reporting their coronavirus test results to the Louisiana Department of Health for the first time, leading to what looks like an unusually high number of newly reported cases.

The Regional Transit Authority will begin ramping up public transportation service starting early Sunday morning, the agency said in a press release Wednesday.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and health department director Dr. Jennifer Avegno shared the citywide COVID-19 data and federal guidelines they're working with as they move toward reopening the city.

Hospitality workers took to the streets Friday afternoon calling for free healthcare and expanded unemployment benefits, among other demands.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has filed for bankruptcy.

The Chapter 11 reorganization was filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana early Friday morning.

Governor John Bel Edwards extended the state’s stay at home order another two weeks Monday afternoon.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Edwards said while the state’s overall case numbers are declining, there are still several regions where cases and hospitalizations are either climbing or have plateaued. He singled out Region 2, Region 4, and Region 8 -- Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Northeast Louisiana, respectively.

“So obviously there’s a lot of good work going on here, it’s just not enough that we feel comfortable,” he said.

"Eerily quiet" is how one doctor described the non-emergency wings of the hospital they work at in rural Louisiana.

Due to COVID-19 crisis restrictions, there’s hardly anyone lingering in the public-facing spaces, like the cafeteria, gift shop, and main lobby. But when you go up to the ER, they said, it’s another world.