COVID-19

A bill meant to shield schools from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards for final approval, but late changes made by a conference committee raised concerns on the House floor and almost killed the legislation.

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Louisiana lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement on tort reform, passed extensive tax breaks for businesses, voted to shield schools from civil liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, and passed the $34 billion state operating budget just one day before the start of the new fiscal year.

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Louisiana lawmakers spent the penultimate day of the special session ducking in an out of backroom negotiations as they finalized the language of tort reform legislation, proposed tax breaks, coronavirus response measures and the state operating budget. 

Schools should expect some students and staff to become infected with COVID-19 this coming school year. That’s according to joint guidance released Thursday by state health and education agencies.

African Americans in Lousiana make up more than half of the deaths so far from COVID-19, but account for only one-third of the population.

The alarm among public health and government officials is rising in Louisiana and across the country this week, as coronavirus cases continue to grow and fears mount that efforts to tamp down the virus are now failing.

Most colleges and universities have released tentative plans for in-person learning this fall. But there’s a catch: Many require Louisiana to be in Phase 3 and Gov. John Bel Edwards just extended Phase 2 for an additional 28 days.

New Orleans now has a mask task force — a mask force, if you will.

As school systems continue to weigh their options for the fall, a new bill may help provide schools with increased legal protection and encourage some to resume in-person learning despite the associated risks.

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