9:30 LRN Newscast July 24

Louisiana has surpassed 100-thousand coronavirus cases, becoming the 12th state to do so and the smallest state to reach the grim milestone. Governor John Bel Edwards…
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Edwards has signed the executive order that extends the statewide mask mandate, keeps bars closed, and also keeps the state in Phase 2 of reopening through August 7th.

Healthcare officials in Acadiana warn the public that they are running out of regional healthcare capacity due to COVID-19 case growth. Lafayette General Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Amanda Logue says their system hospitals and ICUs are full of COVID patients.

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The U-S Senate is about to begin debating the fifth coronavirus relief package, which will likely come with a trillion-dollar price tag.  Senator John Kennedy is pushing a measure for local and state governments who have previously had funding in past coronavirus relief bills, to have more autonomy with how that money is spent, including use for operating expenses which are not linked to COVID-19.

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Local governments have been reimbursed 127-million dollars so far as part of the CARES Act. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne  says the bulk of the money so far has gone to southern parishes hit hard in the early days like Orleans and Jefferson Parishes and that it’s interesting to note that 12 rural northern Louisiana parishes have not submitted an application for any reimbursements.

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