530 PM LRN News

Governor Edwards plans to increase enforcement efforts on non-compliant businesses as coronavirus cases continue to surge.

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While raw numbers are increasing the percentage of test performed that are showing up positive is still just below the federal level recommended. The feds want fewer than ten percent of tests to show positive, while today’s numbers showed eight percent. One metric that is concerning is hospitalizations. After falling for weeks the recent spike has us back up to where we were as of late May.

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.

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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.

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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.