News for Monday April 27th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The APD was called to the 3000 Block of Culpepper road late yesterday afternoon in reference to a report of a one child being shot. During the initial investigation it appears as if there were small children playing with a loaded handgun when the firearm discharged hitting a one-year-old. The child was transported to a local hospital by Acadian Ambulance. The condition of the child is unknown at this time.
Louisiana is now reporting the number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The state health department estimates there have been nearly 15-thousand recoveries. As of Sunday, Louisiana has 26,773 positive cases and 1,670 people have died as a result of the virus.
Governor John Bel Edwards could announce today new restrictions on residents and businesses that will go into effect on May 1st. Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott says a big question is whether Louisiana’s coronavirus testing capacity can stay ahead of the epidemic. Scott says childcare social distancing guidelines and the availability of such services may create hurdles for parents that have a chance to return to work. Many businesses are eager to re-open. But Scott says there is an underestimated problem in getting commerce and industry going again and that is the potential legal liabilities against a business if an employee or customer gets COVID-19.
The Dean Lee Research Center in Alexandria will need to be rebuilt after taking direct hit from a tornado on Wednesday night. LSU AgCenter Central Region Director Tara Smith says the damage will impact the research and extension programs. Smith says thankfully the LSU-Alexandria campus did not suffer any major damage and no injuries were reported. She says the mega-shelter that the state uses during hurricanes also took a direct hit. Smith says they working with other units in the Ag Center community to gain access to equipment so research continues
Senator Bill Cassidy says the feds are looking at investments that could allow economies to become close to fully functional even before a coronavirus vaccine is available. The 1,200 dollar stimulus checks helped float many through the first month of the shutdown, and Cassidy says if we can expand testing enough we won’t need a second round. Cassidy says aggressive, preemptive testing in hotspots will need to be funded. He says the key to reopening the economy safely is tracking transition rates and adjusting reopening accordingly.
For the first time in a month, many elective medical surgeries are set to proceed in Louisiana. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says emergency procedures have been happening, but medical centers will now be allowed to catch up on much need time-sensitive, but less pressing surgeries. Governor Edwards says now that cases have plateaued we have to resume normal medical care. The Governor also adds these elective procedures are the economic lifeblood of hospitals that have taken a huge financial hit over the last month.
One of the two Baton Rouge Police officers who were shot Sunday at a house in the city's Howell Park neighborhood has died of his injuries. Police told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the officers, who have not been identified by authorities, were shot while responding to a call Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred inside a house after officers had arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect. The second officer was still hospitalized and "fighting for his life" Sunday evening.
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson said his family was the victim of a drive-by shooting Friday where eight to 10 shots were fired from the road into his estate in West Monroe. One of the shots went through the bedroom window of the home where son John Luke Robertson lives with his and their infant child, but nobody in the family was injured.
A team from LSU develops a smartphone app to help track medical equipment and supplies that are in transit around the state. LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute director Brant Mitchell says ComTrac 2.0 was developed to follow the same idea of tracking resources after a hurricane. Mitchell says almost all of the development for the application was done by LSU students and says with classes being out, it allowed them to have extra time to dedicate to the building process which would normally take about six months.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says the city has been blessed by many charitable acts since the Easter tornado hit. A Monroe, New Jersey resident anonymously mailed the city a $100 donation after hearing of the tornado’s impact on the town. Mayo says he was deeply touched by the letter from a total stranger. The money will be used at a local food bank.
The Saints 2020 draft class consists of just four players, but the franchise believes it will be a successful class. In the first round New Orleans drafted Cesar Ruiz, a center from Michigan and then traded multiple picks to select two players in the third round, Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and Dayton tight end Adam Trautman. G-M Mickey Loomis says it’s about the quality of the picks, not how many you made… These rookies will not have the benefit of an offseason conditioning program or O-T-As. But Saints coach Sean Payton doesn’t believe they will be too far behind when training camp starts. The Saints sent their fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh-round draft picks to Minnesota to take Trautman with the 105th pick. The F-C-S tight end had 70 catches for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Trautman was a quarterback in high school but switched to tight end when he got on Dayton’s campus
The Saints made a trade with the Texans to get a seventh round pick and used that select Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens. He has a lot of athleticism for someone who is six-foot-five and could play a Taysom Hill role for the Black and Gold.