230 PM LRN News

Louisiana logs another 1,300 COVID cases today, putting the state close to the 55-thousand total case mark. Assistant health secretary Alex Billioux says the vast majority in new cases is coming from community spread. He says more people are showing up to emergency room departments with COVID-19 symptoms

Cut 12 (12) “…epidemic”

The percentage of tests that are positive is eight-percent, the federal goal is to keep it below 10-percent.

As numbers spike Governor Edwards defends his decision to move into Phase Two where businesses were allowed to expand their capacity, and bars were allowed to reopen. Edwards says those rules weren’t why the cases are growing…

Cut 3 (10) ”…it eventually stopped.”  

The UL System is anticipating a five percent loss of revenue by the end of the 2021 fiscal year due to COVID-19 under the current likely scenario. UL System President Jim Henderson says they can absorb that kind of reduction and still supply a quality education, but if the pandemic were to get any worse that may be difficult.

Cut 6 (07) “…about”

The worst-case scenario they’ve drawn up shows a 150 million dollar loss in revenue due to drastic declines in enrollment and the cancellation of sports.

The famous Mr. Mardi Gras Blaine Kern Sr. dies at 93. Kern was the founder of Blaine Kern Artists, which designs, builds, and stages most of the region’s largest carnival parades. Mardi Gras expert Arthur Hardy says Kern had the ability to engage and captivate people like few others, and made the modern Mardi Gras what it is.

Cut 11 (07) “…quite a promoter.”