330PM LRN News

Louisiana’s total COVID death count hits 1,213 after another 57 deaths were reported today. The virus still seems to be mostly effecting three areas in particular: Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and the New Orleans metro area which is home to over half of the state’s total cases. Ventilator use and hospitalizations are down.

Social distancing won’t be hard this weekend as Louisiana could see another round of severe weather on Sunday. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Trump Administration issues guidelines to states on how to reopen their economies in three “phases”. Phase one continues to encourage social distancing but allows activities like limited dine-in access to restaurants, and Phase One reopenings are being left to local governments with recommendations of implementation on a parish by parish basis. The Pelican Institute VP of Policy and Governmental Affairs Renee Amar says her organization backs implementing this plan come may 1st

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The Governor toured the PMAC today.  The home of LSU basketball is playing host to a giant operation to create PPE for frontline healthcare workers.  Interim LSU President Thomas Galligan says the makeshift PPE factory has produced gowns from donated billboard vinyl.

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