5:30 LRN Newscast July 29

State data shows that COVID cases in Louisiana nursing homes has nearly tripled and nursing homes are reporting their first deaths among residents since June 23rd. Andrew Muhl, director of advocacy for AARP Louisiana says only 41-percent of staff at nursing homes are vaccinated and if you have loved ones living in a facility, ask these questions to management…

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Ochsner Health says once the COVID vaccines receive full FDA approval, they will require employees to be vaccinated. CEO Warner Thomas says they are experiencing a nursing shortage as they battle a rise in COVID hospitalizations, which is another reason they are moving to mandatory vaccinations, so they can remain at work and keep patients safe.
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The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference voted unanimously today to extend membership invitations to Texas and Oklahoma to join the SEC effective July 1, 2025. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey spoke with Presidents of the two schools and extended the invites.  Competition in all sports to include the Longhorns and Sooners will begin in the 25-26 academic year.

Practice begins next week for fall high school teams and the LHSAA says there are no plans to delay the season because of the ongoing surge of new COVID cases. Jeff Palermo has more…

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