4:30 LRN Newscast July 26

New Covid cases in Louisiana are just under 7,600 and hospitalizations increased over the weekend by 213 for a total of 1,221. On Friday the Governor issued a mask advisory and encouraged residents if they are ill to get tested and unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated. For testing and vaccine sites visit LDH.LA.ORG forward slash coronavirus.

The LSU swim program has its first-ever medal winner at the Olympic games. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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A second person has died this summer while tiki tubing on the Amite River in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes.  Authorities say a Rapides Parish man got into waist-deep water on Saturday, slipped down, and struggled to come back to the surface. Central Mayor David Barrow says the area along the Amite has been an ongoing problem.

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In June, the father of LSU pitcher Ma’Khail Hilliard died while tubing on the Amite.

Effective today if you have to visit an Office of Motor Vehicles in Louisiana you will be required to wear a face mask to conduct business. OMV spokesperson Matthew Boudreaux says the ongoing surge in cases prompted them to return the use of face coverings once again.

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