3:30 LRN Newscast July 28

The American Federation of Teachers says “safety strikes” are on the table if more is not done to ensure teacher and student safety before schools reopen. Matt Doyle spoke with the Louisiana Branch…

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Four bars are facing permit suspensions following noncompliance with Governor Edwards’ emergency order aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The permits are for the Sand Dollar Tiki Bar in Grand Isle, Frosty Factory in Lake Charles, Pelican Pub in Gonzales, and Wo-de’s Chill Spot in Harvey. Hearings are set for August 5th and 6th.

Louisiana’s COVID-19 testing has hit another hurdle with the turnaround time on getting results.  Early in the pandemic, there was a lack of nasal swabs to conduct tests, but now Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says some labs are struggling with the supply chain for the reagents needed to get results.

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In an effort to stop youth COVID transmission, the governor’s office releases a PSA featuring half a dozen young people describing the serious symptoms they had as a result of COVID-19.

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Eighteen to 29-year-olds have the highest number of infections of any age group recorded by the state at 24-thousand, six thousand higher than the next highest age group.