News for Tuesday August 11th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The state reports 24 new COVID fatalities Monday. Among them is the state’s fourth death attributed to multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children associated with COVID-19. Louisiana is seeing an increasing number of cases of MIS-C among young people. As of August 10, the number of confirmed MIS-C cases in Louisiana has risen to 44. To date, infants as young as 1 month and teens up to 19 years of age have received MIS-C diagnoses in the state.
The state reports 562 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Hospitalizations were at 1382, down one. Ventilator usage … 215, up by 5.
The Department of Health reports there have been 22 COVID-19 outbreaks linked to daycare facilities across the state since the pandemic started. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says those outbreaks account for 75 cases.
The state’s legislative auditor debunks the claims of duplicate COVID-19 cases that have led some to believe the coronavirus outbreak data is being presented in a manner to be more alarming than it is. Suspicion of inflated COVID numbers was increased with a Facebook post from Red River Parish’s homeland security office claiming that state numbers were higher because of duplicates. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the investigation shows the numbers reported by the Louisiana Department of Health are not reflecting double-counted cases.
President Trump signed an executive order over the weekend deferring payroll tax collection for employees through the end of the year. But tax experts say it is very important to keep in mind that this is not a payroll tax holiday. The executive order was part of a suite of orders, others targeting unemployment insurance, evictions, and student loans. The constitutionality of the orders is in question and a legal challenge is expected. The recommendation at this point is to continue paying your usual payroll taxes to the IRS until more clarity is provided.
President Donald Trump’s executive order Saturday to renew federal unemployment benefits left Louisiana officials with more questions than answers Monday, topped by ongoing uncertainty about how they might pay out the extra money. Under the plan, those on unemployment would receive $400 in addition to the money paid by the state unemployment system. But, there is a catch, states would have to come up with $100 of the $400 payment. Most state’s, including Louisiana, are running out of money to cover basic unemployment payments. State will be forced to borrow money from the feds when they do..
A Big Ten spokesperson has told Yahoo Sports there has been no vote from school presidents and chancellors, debunking widely reported news that the conference had backed out of fall college sports. The SEC has made no announcement on changing their plans to start play September 26th, and neither has the Sun Belt Conference.
The LSU Ag Center is looking for Louisiana gardeners, those who are new to the hobby and experienced, to participate in an online survey about gardening during the pandemic. AgCenter Lead Researcher Heather Kirk-Ballard says gardening stores across the country are reporting an uptick in business as more people are staying home. Kirk- Ballard says the LSU Ag Center offers support for gardeners of all levels of experience and with the survey, they want to engage new green thumbs to use them as a resource.
The USDA announces it will buy 30 million dollars’ worth of Gulf of Mexico shrimp to help stabilize the market and avoid a total price collapse due to excess product.
Louisiana Shrimp Association President Acy Cooper says they’ve been hammered this year due to the closure of restaurants and the purchase is a big help.