9:30 LRN Newscast April 23

Tulane University is conducting a study to see whether hydroxychloroquine can be used to help prevent people who’ve been exposed to coronavirus from developing COVID-19. Tulane Epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Kissinger says the treatment has shown promise, but it needs to be proven in a human clinical trial.
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Kissinger says if you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case and want to participate, go to covid-19-pep-study-dot-org.

Governor Edwards is asking residents to wear a mask or some sort of facial covering when out in public. But Edwards says gloves are not recommended because…
cut 12 (12) “….their face”

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has paid out 561-million dollars in total benefits to 302-thousand Louisianans whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Many have found it difficult to file claims or receive their benefits on a timely basis, but L-W-C executive director Ava Dejoie says they are adding an additional server to its network…
cut 15 (07) “…we can”

Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette is one of the many events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But organizers are holding a virtual music festival. Festival spokesperson Carly Viator says they will stream musical performances tomorrow through Sunday.
Cut 4 (09)_ “…some surprise collaborations.”
For more information go to festival-international-dot-org.