3:30 PM Newscast

Attorney General Jeff Landry announces a donation of 400,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets from Amneal Pharmaceuticals to the state. The drug has been identified as a possible treatment for COVID-19, which Landry says has created a high demand.

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The medication will be part of clinical studies with LSU’s medical school.
Governor John Bel Edwards says by the end of this week the New Orleans area could reach its ventilator capacity and out of bed space by April 10th. The state health department reports about 400 patients are currently using the machines to help COVID-19 patients breathe. Edwards says one-thousand hospital beds will be ready within a week inside the convention center.

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President Donald Trump has extended the nation’s social distancing guidelines that were set to expire today for another month through April 30th. Senator Bill Cassidy says the restrictions will likely extend into May, unless the curve is flattening or scientists discover a treatment. Over 11-hundred COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. Cassidy says hospitals are doing what they can to keep up with the surge in cases

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After a two-week break, LSU’s spring semester resumes today, but all classes have been moved online. English Professor Kevin Cope says there will be something lost in the translation to online for all students, but he expects those in traditional liberal arts classes will fare best, while…

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