12:30 LRN Newscast July 2

New coronavirus numbers are in from the Department of Health for the state and case numbers have increased by 1,383 for a total of 61,561. This is the third day in a row reported cases are over a thousand. Hospitalizations are up by 41 for a total of 840. Deaths increased by 17 for a total of 3,147, the third straight day fatalities are in the double digits.

An Oschner COVID-19 study of 25,000 Jefferson and Orleans Parish residents finds an estimated seven percent had coronavirus antibodies in mid-May. The work also studied how likely people were to die if they were to be infected. Research scientist Dr. Amy Feehan says the infection fatality rate was 1.63 percent.

Cut 7 (11) “…the flu.”

Looking back on the special session, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Sam Jenkins believes one of the highlights of the session was getting passage of legislation to get one-time $250 checks in the hands of critical workers.

Cut 5 (10)  “…something that happens.”

House Republican Caucus Chairman Blake Miguez is most notably proud of use of CARES Act funding to help the business community and taking the proper first steps in lowering auto insurance rates.