10:30 LRN Newscast July 28

The state health department reported its largest one-day spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations yesterday since March 2020 as the number of COVID patients increased by 169 to 1,390. Republican Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy says for those on the fence on whether to get vaccinated, speak with a trusted physician…
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Meanwhile, health care leaders are talking about the burnout being felt by those on the front lines of treating COVID patients for the past 16 months. LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Dean Steve Nelson…
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There are six thousand nursing positions available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website where job postings are listed.

CDC is now recommending that teachers and students should wear a mask regardless of whether they were vaccinated. Tulane Epidemiologist Doctor Susan Hassig says since only ages 12 and up can be vaccinated this leaves half of school-aged children vulnerable and children are contracting the Delta variant of COVID.
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Many local school systems have not finalized their face mask policy for the upcoming school year.

U-S gymnastics star Simone Biles has also made a decision to withdraw from the individual all-around championships at the Summer Olympics after dropping out of the team event. Biles says she needs to focus on her mental health. Chair of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Dr. Rahn Bailey says it’s significant a high-profile athlete is honest about her condition….
cut 13 (11) “…in America’