3:30 LRN Newscast July 28

The state reported 4,700 new COVID cases in Louisiana and hospitalizations have increased by 135 in a day for a total of 1,524. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says at this point in the pandemic people can’t say they don’t know someone who’s been affected by COVID.

Cut 3 (11) “…that bad.” 

And while the Delta variant of COVID has resulted in a huge increase in cases and hospitalizations, health officials are also tracking the Lambda variant which originated in Peru. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says President Biden’s open border policy is helping this latest strain make its way into the United States…

Cut 11 (09) “…insanity  

Scalise announced he received the first dose of the vaccine last week.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will soon begin accepting applications for financial assistance for those who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The total financial assistance is over 12 million dollars. Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Administrator Jason Froeba (Fro-bah) says the money will be distributed equally among approved applicants.

Cut 7 (08)  “…number on it.”

Nicholls State University will receive nearly 500 thousand dollars in grant money that will go towards coastal research. Nicholls Dean of Sciences and Technology Dr. John Doucet the school will also assist with the creation of ridges to protect back marshes by studying naturally occurring ones. He says these artificial ridges will protect the back marsh and trap sediment…

Cut 13 (11) “…prevent their deterioration”