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Louisiana Considered: Southern States See Sharp Decline In HIV Testing, Attendees’ Refusal To Wear Masks Derails Legislative Committee Meeting, Ramsey Lewis On What It Means To Be Cool

Paul Braun
  • Gulf States Newsroom health care reporter Shalina Chatlani reports on the drastic decline in testing for HIV in some southern states during the pandemic, which experts say could lead to an increase in cases of HIV/AIDS in the next few years. In Louisiana, HIV testing has declined 33% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Proactive screening for HIV is one of the best tools individuals have to prevent passing along the disease to others and to begin treatment as soon as possible.
  • WWNO/WRKF capitol access reporter Paul Braun gives us the latest news from a heated Health and Welfare Committee meeting at the state capitol where several meeting attendees refused to wear masks. Some attendees were removed from the chamber after refusing to wear masks in a setting where social distancing was not possible.
  • In an interview aired on American Routes Shortcuts on August 13th, host Nick Spitzer asks jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis what it means to be cool.
Patrick is the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans.