COVID-19 in SWLA: April 20, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 16, 2021

LDI corrects false information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and life insurance

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 15, 2021

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 14, 2021

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 12, 2021

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Locals line up at vaccine clinics to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

  Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled Saturday for veterans

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 9, 2021

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

  COVID-19 vaccine hotline is now available for La. residents

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 8, 2021

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

In 207 counties in 2018, there wasn’t a family, general or internal medicine doctor – the primary care doctors mainly for adults, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of federal data.

COVID vaccine locations in Southwest Louisiana

List of COVID-19 vaccination locations in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 7, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Mayor Nic Hunter receives COVID-19 vaccine

After experiencing the virus first-hand, Mayor Hunter received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and addressed the city’s role in the process.

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 6, 2021

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 5, 2021

LDH and LPHI to host tele-town halls on COVID-19 vaccines

  Gov. Edwards addresses COVID-19 in SWLA

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 1, 2021

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 31, 2021

  Gov. Edwards eases capacity restrictions for businesses but warns ‘we’re not out of the woods’

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday, March 30.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 30, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Capacity limits lifted for restaurants, bars, gyms, and retail stores in La.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, March 30 that he will be lifting capacity limitations for many of the state’s businesses but the statewide mask mandate will remain.

Ochsner CHRISTUS holding vaccination event on April 10

The event will have 500 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine available

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 29, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  608 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID vaccine this week

This week, 608 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine now available to everyone 16+

COVID-19 vaccine expansion in Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 26, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Local healthcare leader frustrated by recent coronavirus statistics in the area

With 60 percent of the UK variant here in Region 5 and over a 10 percent COVID-19 positivity rate, one healthcare expert at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital says he’s frustrated.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 25, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Local church joins effort to expand vaccine distribution to underserved communities

As Louisiana expands COVID-19 vaccination eligibility, those who are receiving and not receiving the vaccine has been a hot topic.

  SWLA leads state in percent of positive COVID tests

The rate of positive COVID-19 tests throughout the state has dropped to about 2 percent, but in Southwest Louisiana, the positivity rate has grown to about 12 percent.

  All residents 16 and older will be eligible for coronavirus vaccine in La. on March 29

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 about the state’s continued response to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 24, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

LifeShare to hold 6-day blood drives at Albertsons in Texarkana, 7 Louisiana cities

Mobile units will be set up March 22-27 at the grocery store chain’s stores in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Broussard, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Texarkana

Tuesday marks one year since first COVID death reported in Southwest Louisiana

Tuesday marked one year since the first death from COVID-19 was reported in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 23, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  U.K. COVID-19 variant increase in Calcasieu prompts warning from health officials

The quest for herd immunity continues with much of the emphasis on getting people to roll up their sleeves.

State surpasses 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19; vaccines available to most

One year after Louisiana entered a statewide lockdown, the total number of deaths has surpassed 10,000, making it among the top causes of death in the state.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 22, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

List of essential workers eligible for COVID vaccine expands today

The list of essential workers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana expanded on Monday, March 22.

Louisiana expands vaccine eligibility to those 16 and older with certain health conditions

Beginning March 9, people ages 16 to 64 with certain health conditions will be able to get vaccinated

  Lake Charles Memorial Hospital first in state to use new shockwave device on heart

The Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is now the first in the state to utilize a new shockwave procedure to treat advanced heart disease.

  ‘Sleeves up!’ urges partners in state effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations

The state is launching a grassroots COVID-19 vaccine campaign to ensure no community gets left behind. They are drawing on community leaders to spread the message.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 19, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards expands vaccine eligibility in La. to all essential workers

During his news conference on Thursday, March 18, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he is expanding vaccine eligibility in Louisiana to all essential workers at least 16 years old.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 18, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 17, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Sleeves Up vaccination events being held throughout SWLA

The Louisiana Department of Health will be holding several Sleeves Up COVID-19 vaccination events throughout the area.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 16, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 15, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 14, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Health experts pushing vaccine awareness to underserved communities

Now is the time for everyone to start seeking out a vaccine or getting on a waiting list if you’re not yet eligible

  Resthaven holds parade for residents to see families

Resthaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center created a fun and safe way for the residents to see their families.

‘We’re... on the front lines every day’: Restaurant workers frustrated by not being included for vaccine

Gov. Reeves tweeted Friday that vaccine eligibility would be expanded soon, but did not offer additional details.

  CHRISTUS Ochsner holds ceremony commemorating COVID-19′s one year anniversary

In recognizing the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana is hosting events to mark the significance of the last year and the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

LDH further relaxes nursing home, adult residential care facility visitation guidance

Effective Friday, March 12 the Louisiana Department of Health is instructing all nursing and adult residential care facilities to follow the guidance issued this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) further relaxing visitation policies in congregate facilities.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 12, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Calcasieu Council on Aging hosts first COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic

Thousands of local seniors will be getting more protection from the coronavirus. Thursday, The Calcasieu Council on Aging hosted its first pop-up clinic aimed at protecting the most vulnerable from the virus.

Clinic Trials of SWLA offering free COVID-19 test Saturday

Clinic Trials of SWLA is offering a free drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing day with same day results on Saturday, March 13.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 11, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Virginia Kroger now says it administered ‘empty syringes’ instead of COVID-19 vaccines

Kroger also didn’t specify how many people were impacted by this mix-up, only saying it was a small number of people.

  COVID-19 patient released after 46 days in hospital

One local COVID-19 survivor was recently released after spending weeks in the hospital fighting for his life.

  Local woman shares COVID-19 journey, still in outpatient therapy one year later

We are marking one year of COVID-19 in Louisiana by speaking to the first patient to be admitted with the virus at an area hospital.

  Families fearful after another inmate from FCI Oakdale dies of COVID-19

Another inmate has died at Federal Prison facilities in Oakdale. The death is the first this year, though there were seven last year. Family members of inmates still fear not enough is being done to protect inmates.

Inmate at Oakdale FCC dies of COVID-19

An inmate at Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution has died of COVID-19, according to information released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 10, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Gov. Edwards discusses state’s COVID-19 vaccination progress on one-year anniversary of virus reported in La.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference on Tuesday, March 9 about the state’s response to COVID-19.

Congressman Higgins asks Gov. Edwards to fully reopen state

Congressman Clay Higgins has sent Gov. John Bel Edwards a letter asking him to rescind all COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 9, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

New Orleans commemorates one year in fight against pandemic

March 14 will mark one year since the first COVID-19 death in Louisiana

  Common COVID vaccine questions answered by local healthcare expert

Over 1.2 million doses across Louisiana of the COVID vaccine have been administered, though there are still many unanswered questions.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 8, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 7, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Wedding venues picking back up with business during pandemic

More event venue owners and future newlyweds now have the peace of mind to start planning weddings again now that Louisiana has entered Phase 3.

  CPPJ launches program to help with rental expenses

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Service Department is launching an Emergency Rental Assistance program to help with housing and rental expenses after receiving 13 million dollars in federal funding for the program.

COVID-19 in SWLA: March 5, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Lake Area bars reopening under Phase 3 of COVID-19 restrictions

This week, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state is now in a modified version of Phase 3 of coronavirus restrictions, meaning bars in the Lake Area can finally reopen.