News for Monday July 27th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Health officials in Louisiana are now reporting there are 107,574 cases of COVID-19 That number went up by 3,840 since Friday. There have been 3,651 deaths, that up by 48 over the weekend. Some good news, statewide the number of those hospitalized and those on vents over the weekend went down. Here in Rapides parish the number of cases increased by 102 over the weekend and there were 2 more deaths.
SEC presidents and athletic directors will hold a series of virtual meetings this week to discuss fall sports plans. College football insider Brett McMurphy says because so many states are struggling to contain the coronavirus, it’s unlikely the college football season will kick off Labor Day weekend. Voluntary workouts for college football teams began in June and some teams were hit with an initial cluster of COVID cases. But McMurphy says there’s a concern for community spread when students return to campus. The PAC-12 and Big 10 have already made the decision to play conference only football schedules this season. The SEC has said they plan to make a decision in late July. McMurphy expects the ACC, Big 12 and SEC to decide on a shorter schedule, filled mostly with conference games.
As hospitals across the state reach capacity with COVID-19 patients, some healthcare facilities have enough beds, but they are having staffing issues to provide adequate care for patients. As daily case counts continue to set records across the state with community spread, many hospital workers and coming down with the virus as well, making the shortage of staff even worse. Late last week Governor Edward asked FEMA for approximately 700 healthcare workers.
The C-D-C has changed the guidelines for returning to work after a person tests positive for COVID. Instead of having to quarantine for 14 days, the C-D-C says a person can return to work 10 days after the first symptoms appear. Also, the CDC no longer recommends a person to get repeatedly tested before returning to work.
Hopefully School is set to begin soon. The Louisiana Department of Health is trying to get the word out that some students need to get up to date on vaccinations. State Immunization Director Doctor Frank Welch says because of the pandemic, some parents have put off getting the necessary vaccinations. Welch says not every kid needs a vaccine every year and the best thing to do is to ask your child’s pediatrician what may be needed.
There's a good chance that the next tropical depression of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will form this week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters say a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave several hundred miles west/southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression today or tomorrow and an 90% chance of developing within the next five days. Hurricane Hanna made landfall along the lower Texas coast over the weekend.
The ACLU is looking for Louisianans who feel they were the victim of racist policing to help them file lawsuits challenging discriminatory policies. ACLU Louisiana Legal Director Nora Ahmed says this includes racially motivated traffic stops, searches, seizures, detainments, and incidents where police dogs were used to assault people on racial grounds. The recruitment initiative is part of ACLU Louisiana’s Justice Lab project that includes the participation of 35 law firms and 14 law schools working together to challenge racist criminal justice policies. Interested participants can reach out via email to Justicelab@LAACLU.org.
A study from the career website Zippia polled 2,000 people nationwide to find out how likable their bosses are and the top things they hate about their bosses. Head of content at Zippia Kathy Morris says in Louisiana, 18-percent of workers disliked their boss. Nationally, the most disliked traits about bosses were micromanaging, never being available, and incompetence. Morris says 59% of workers have quit a job because of a bad boss, which is one of the biggest expenses in hiring and adds Louisiana has one of the higher monthly quit rates in the nation.
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration will send millions of dollars to Louisiana’s local government agencies in August to reimburse their coronavirus spending, but that reimbursement money is slated to run out this fall without another influx of federal aid.
State lawmakers earmarked $525 million in direct congressional aid for the COVID-19 outbreak to reimburse municipalities for expenses related to their response, in a program managed by the Edwards administration. More than $127 million has been paid out already, and the second round of multimillion-dollar payments will start going out Aug. 1.