Month: January 2021

Category: News + Notes

Lafayette mayor quarantines after direct exposure to KLFY anchor he says should have been in quarantine himself

The mayor-president is in quarantine after a direct exposure to KLFY anchor Dalfred Jones, who tested positive for the coronavirus Friday, the day he emceed the swearing in of Lafayette City Marshal Reggie Thomas at the Heymann Center.

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Category: News + Notes

Link: Lafayette City Council to consider committee to explore deconsolidation, separate city mayor — The Advocate

City Councilman Pat Lewis will propose a resolution creating a committee to weigh the benefit of consolidation for the city of Lafayette. Called the “Protect the City Committee,” the group would evaluate the costs and limitations of Lafayette’s current form of government, which combines city and parish services and departments.

A 2018 parishwide vote created separate city and parish councils, Lafayette Consolidated Government’s current configuration, but kept administration functions consolidated under the mayor-president.

Mayor-President Josh Guillory supported deconsolidation as a candidate but has recently acknowledged flipping his position on the issue. Guillory and the City Council have been at frequent odds.

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Link: Sec. of State proposes similar Covid-19 election plan for Spring 2021 ballots

Melinda Deslatte reporting for the Associated Press:

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin wants to use the same expansion of absentee-by-mail voting that was in place for the summer and fall elections, including the November presidential competition.

Lawmakers on House and Senate oversight committees Tuesday will consider the package of COVID-19 emergency rules proposed by the Republican elections chief. If approved there, they advance to the full Legislature for a vote. In addition, the provisions would need the backing of Gov. John Bel Edwards to take effect.

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Link: Louisiana pharmacies overwhelmed as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands

The state started distributing the vaccines to commercial pharmacies for the first time this week — a process several pharmacists described on Monday as chaotic and overwhelming. 

In all, only a fraction of the state’s pharmacies will receive any vaccine supply this week at all. 

  • Vaccines need to be used within six hours of opening a vial
  • There are 485,000 people over 70 and 10,500 doses available this week
  • 107 pharmacies now carry the vaccine out thousands in the state