12:30 LRN Newscast July 29

The department of health reports 44-hundred new COVID-19 cases today and 1,620 are currently hospitalized with COVID-related issues in Louisiana hospitals. The state also reports 20 more fatalities due to COVID. As for vaccinations, the state reports more than 10,000 doses have been initiated over the last seven days. The first time since the third week of April.

Ochsner Health Systems says they will require employees to be vaccinated for COVID once the vaccines receive full FDA approval. CEO Warner Thomas says since they made the announcement the vaccination rate among employees has increased and at their vaccine clinics for the public.

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Thomas says they are asking employees to give them their vaccination status for the next few weeks and soon you will be able to easily identify vaccinated and unvaccinated staff members.

A 20-year-old Bernice man lost his life last night as he was attempting to flee from law enforcement. State Police Master Trooper Michael Reichardt says Tyler Brazzel of Bernice was traveling at a high rate of speed on Forsythe Road in Lincoln Parish…

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Reichardt says Brazzel was not buckled up and pronounced dead at the scene

High School football is just around the corner and fall practice will begin shortly.  The rise in Coronavirus cases has many across the state wondering if the start of the season will be delayed.  LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine does not expect a delay because we know more about the virus now.

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Bonine also says he has confidence that coaches can keep the players safe because they had to work through the same thing last season.