5:30 PM Newscast

The special session has wrapped up.  Legislation passed with a veto-proof majority aimed at lower auto insurance rates, but there is no guarantee of a price break as the bill does not promise lower rates within an allotted time.  It’s less expansive than a previous tort reform bill vetoed by the Governor earlier this month.

Jefferson Parish will join Orleans in requiring people to put on a mask before entering a business. Matt Doyle has the story.

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The state reported one-thousand new cases today as the state’s total case number surpassed 58-thousand. Governor John Bel Edwards’ next COVID-19 press briefing is tomorrow. Edwards has said he’s looking for more compliance from businesses. Assistant State Health Officer Doctor Joseph Kanter says the governor would rather see everyone do more when it comes to spread mitigation efforts, than returning the state to Phase one coronavirus restrictions…

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According to the state health department, only 59% of those who tested positive from COVID-19 since mid-May have responded to phone calls from contact tracers and only one-third are answering calls within the crucial first 24 hours after the test results.  State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says there has been an uptick in the number of people paying attention to the advice of health officials with the recent upswing in cases.

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