3:30 LRN Newscast July 29

State data shows that COVID cases in Louisiana nursing homes have nearly tripled and nursing homes are reporting their first deaths among residents since June 23rd. Andrew Muhl, director of advocacy for AARP Louisiana says it’s concerning because the vaccine rate among staff is less than 50-percent…

Cut 12 (12) “…delta variant.” 

Muhl says over 80-percent of nursing home residents are vaccinated, but if less than half of the staff is.

High School football is just around the corner and the rise in Coronavirus cases has many across the state wondering if the start of the season will be delayed.  Right now the LHSAA has not required vaccinations to be mandatory for student-athletes, Executive Director Eddie Bonine says that will be left up to the schools.

Cut  11 (11) “…participate”  

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 among their vaccine clinics for the public.

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In the meantime vaccination employees will have an ID tag indicating they are vaccinated and nonvaccinated employees will wear N95 masks and be tested.

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…

Cut 6 (07) “….and died”

Reichardt says impairment is also suspected.