A generational challenge has no easy solutions. But there are opportunities to pivot using what we already have at our disposal.
Hospitals reported 478 Covid patients Friday, the lowest total since March 2020. Louisiana’s third surge has steadily abated since hospitalizations peaked in January at 2,069. Acadiana, which at one time led the state in Covid hospitalizations, counted just 51 in-patients. The region has not reported fewer than 44 Covid hospitalizations since the end of March 2020, just weeks after the area confirmed its first cases. Vaccinations and improved therapies have dramatically cut hospital stays and mortality.
Launched as a pandemic pivot, Presto’s touchless medicine delivery service is expanding after an early run of success.
Despite growing supply, there are people who want vaccines and are struggling to get them.
Louisiana is expanding vaccine eligibility to include most adults with certain health conditions that put them at high risk. Announced Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards, the new eligibility extends the age range in the high risk pool to as young as 16-years-old, substantially increasing the current priority group. Around 1.6 million people are estimated to now qualify. Below are the conditions listed in the update:
- moderate to severe asthma
- cerebrovascular disease
- cystic fibrosis
- hypertension or high blood pressure
- immunocompromised state from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune weakening medicines
- neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- liver disease
- pulmonary fibrosis
- type 1 diabetes mellitus
After the last year, we could all use one. And if you and yours are fully vaccinated, it’s safe to share an embrace. But are you ready?
The proportion of African Americans who’ve gotten their first vaccine shot continues to fall short both nationally and in Lafayette Parish.
Here’s a selection of items on the agendas for this week’s meetings of the city and parish councils.
Few will admit it out loud: What has been Lafayette’s most important economic sector will likely never recover the ground it lost.
We were already radical. Louisiana has historically been at the forefront of change.
A generational shift that raises an important question: How can we replace the jobs we’ve already lost and those we stand to lose in the future?
We can’t say Black lives matter and still support industries that are a part of the problem.