10:30 LRN Newscast March 30

Governor John Bel Edwards says by the end of this week the state could reach its ventilator capacity. The state health department reports about 400 patients are currently using the machines to help COVID-19 patients breathe. Edwards says they are seeking over 12-thousand ventilators…
cut 9 (10) “…several weeks now”
Edwards is hopeful that the next time the federal government allocates ventilators, Louisiana will receive a portion of that allocation.

With new hospital restrictions limiting visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak, some expectant mothers are reaching out to midwives. Kyra Kana (Con-yah) of The Natural Birth House in Broussard says they’ve seen an increase in demand.
Cut 10 (10) “…per month.”

Herd immunity could be a weapon in the fight against COVID-19. People who recover from the coronavirus build up antibodies that prevent you from getting the virus again/ Our Lady of the Lake infectious disease specialist Doctor Catherine O’ Neal explains how herd immunity works…
cut 8 (15) “…person”
O’Neal recently appeared as a guest on Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster.

Unemployment applications continue to inundate the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Executive Director Ava Dejoie says the department has processed 136-thousand claims over the last two weeks.
Cut 4 (09)_ “…increase in volume.”
Dejoie commends the staff of the LWC and says they have tripled its capacity.