COVID-19

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Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that he will not sign off on Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s emergency plan for this fall’s presidential election because it doesn’t do enough to ensure robust participation while protecting voters from the coronavirus.

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After a week of mixed messaging from state and federal officials, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that the state expects to receive the first round of federal funding for a $300 enhancement of weekly unemployment benefits by the end of the week.

Tens of thousands of households in Louisiana can’t afford their rent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to newly released data, and the worst-hit region is Orleans Parish.

Nearly 30,000 households are at risk of eviction, facing a rental shortfall of an average $680. To learn more, reporter Rosemary Westwood spoke with Jessica Kemp, the vice president of the Center for Planning Excellence, a Louisiana nonprofit that focuses on regional planning.


Translated by Luis Rodríguez

José Hernández Pérez, un hondureño de 36 años, había estado viviendo en el Centro de Procesamiento ICE de Pine Prairie, en el centro de Luisiana, durante unos tres meses cuando las personas de su dormitorio de unos 40 años empezaron a enfermarse a mediados de julio.

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All Louisianans currently receiving state unemployment benefits will likely be eligible for the partial extension of weekly federal benefits authorized by executive actions taken by President Donald Trump over the weekend, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The governor made the announcement Thursday, two days after he said nearly half of the state’s unemployed workers would be ineligible for the weekly $300 payments on top of state unemployment benefits.

Update: Twenty-seven of Louisiana's 69 school districts have started the academic year as of Aug. 13.

The calculations districts are making on how and when to reopen schools are incredibly complicated. There’s health data to consider, like the number of positive coronavirus cases and the rate of community transmission, but school leaders are thinking about many other factors as well.

Jose Hernandez Perez, a 36-year-old from Honduras, had been living at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center in central Louisiana for about three months when people in his dorm of about 40 started getting sick in mid-July.

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With Congress at an impasse on a fourth coronavirus relief bill, President Donald Trump took executive actions Saturday intended to partially extend the federal government’s weekly unemployment benefits while meaningfully decreasing the payout.

A fourth child in Louisiana has died from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a disease associated with COVID-19.

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A Livingston Parish judge has ordered Firehouse BBQ to temporarily close, granting a restraining order requested by the Louisiana Department of Health as part of a lawsuit the department filed against the Watson, Louisiana, restaurant for its repeated failure to comply with state coronavirus restrictions.

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