AM Newscall 05/01/2020

Restaurants are allowed to have outdoor dining today, Brooke Thorington on what to expect.

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West Feliciana Parish plans to reopen today, defying the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order extension. Kevin Barnhart has the story.

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 Governor Edwards responds to a legislative effort to overturn his public health emergency and stay at home declarations…

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Beginning today, restaurants can have outside dining with no wait service. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says all restaurants that provide outdoor patio venues must adhere to strict mitigation standards…

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Also, outdoor capacity must be 25-percent of what is allowed by the State Fire Marshal. No more than 10 people to one table and there can not be any gatherings of individuals waiting to sit outdoors.

Browning says there will be no wait service.

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According to the restaurant association, only four percent of restaurants in Louisiana have an existing outdoor patio. However, Browning says restaurants are allowed to create temporary structures.

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While inside dining is forbidden, restaurants can allow patrons to use their restrooms but social distancing of six feet remains applicable. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is not allowing outside dining


LSU Health New Orleans infectious disease experts say studies show antiviral treatment Remdesivir has promise for treating COVID-19 patients.

Chief of Infectious Disease Dr. Julio Figueroa says there were no statistically significant indications that it impacts overall mortality, but…

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National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says Remdesivir is not a cure for COVID-19 but will become the “standard of care” for infected patients.

Remdesivir was originally developed by Gilead Sciences to treat Ebola patients. Figueroa says it wasn’t very successful in that application, but it seems to help those infected by coronavirus.

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Figueroa says Remdesivir is not a prophylactic treatment and requires a patient to receive an intravenous dose every day, and unfortunately, supply may be limited.

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West Feliciana and LaSalle Parishes are planning to reopen today, defying the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order extension through May 15th.  West Feliciana Parish President Kenny Havard believes the one size fits all stay-at-home extension will not be beneficial to his parish.

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While many of the Governor’s other guidelines will be followed, Havard says restaurants in his parish will be allowed to operate with 25% capacity but will monitor the clientele.

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Havard is also permitting churches to be reopened with the congregations following strict social distancing guidelines.

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Governor Edwards officially extends the stay at home order to May 15th and blasts a legislative petition that if passed would overturn the state’s public health emergency declaration backing the order.

Edwards says passage of the petition would potentially disqualify Louisiana from what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid and put the public’s health in jeopardy.

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The Governor says overturning the order would be “just completely irresponsible and nonsensical”.

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Attorney General Jeff Landry sent a letter to Edwards asking him to allow churches to reopen before the order ends. Edwards says that’s not in the cards right now.

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Edwards did say churches can hold outdoor services with proper spacing, and in Phase One churches can hold indoor services at 25 percent capacity.

West Feliciana and LaSalle Parishes announced they’re going to reopen today, but Edwards says while local authorities can impose stricter measures, they can’t authorize relaxed restrictions.

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LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade is like many coaches, hoping there will be a season next year. Wade says at this time he’s optimistic

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If the Tigers are able to get on the court next season, LSU should have a good team. Wade signed the fifth best-recruiting class in the country according to 24-7 sports. Wade credits good relationships with high school prospects

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Last year’s leading scorer, Skylar Mays, has graduated and is getting ready for the draft. Four underclassmen, Trendon Watford, Darius Days, Emmitt Williams and Javonte Smart have entered their names in the draft but could return. Most of those guys are expected to return to join a loaded recruiting class. Wade likes the two-point guards he signed, Jalen Cook and Eric Gaines

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