The Current Staff

Got budget questions? We can help!

Understanding what the budget says isn’t always easy. The Current’s budget guru Geoff Daily is here to help.

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100% virtual learning one option in LPSS initial back-to-school plan

In a letter laying out the various phases of what she calls the “20-21 Learn Lafayette” plan, Superintendent Irma Trosclair says collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Department of Health will be ongoing throughout the school year. Coronavirus, she acknowledges, could push the district into an all-virtual scenario.

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Readers asked about masks, reinfection, Florida and quarantining; Here’s what how the experts responded

There isn’t evidence that masks are unsafe. Lafayette is about as unsafe as Florida. Did they mention you should wear a mask?

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Q&A with Geoff Daily

Economy and budget columnist Geoff Daily hosted a live text-based Q&A session Friday, June 26. Here are his answers your burning questions about Lafayette’s economic outlook.

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LGH pauses community testing, updates St. Martin Parish testing info

Lafayette General Health is pausing its community COVID-19 testing efforts in St. Martin Parish for part of this week. Testing in Arnaudville ends today.

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Reader Talk: Y’all ready to go dancing?

The gist: Maybe. It depends when, where, if there’s a vaccine or if Lafayette gets its act together on wearing masks. We heard from 62 readers this week on our live music survey. The responses range (y’all got a lot of opinions), but for the most part what we’ve heard is things aren’t quite what they used to be. 

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LCG will lay off 101 employees in cultural positions

Mayor-President Josh Guillory announced late Friday afternoon that 101 LCG employees were notified today that they will be laid off June 5 due to financial straits caused by coronavirus.

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LGH offering antibody testing for its employees

Lafayette General Health began offering voluntary coronavirus antibody testing to its employees this week. It will offer the lab-based serology test to all of its 4,500-plus employees and nearly 1,200 providers across its health system.

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Recovered COVID-19 patients may have immune-boosting antibodies in their plasma

Lafayette General Health confirmed today that is working with Vitalant, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit community blood service providers, on collecting convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as part of a program to treat patients infected with the virus.

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Gov. Edwards creates commission to examine coronavirus impact on state’s economy

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the creation of Resilient Louisiana, a state commission charged with examining Louisiana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months.

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1A launches economic recovery toolkit

One Acadiana today announced the launch of a new Economic Recovery Toolkit for businesses facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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State-led program offers COVID-19 small biz help

Gov. John Bel Edwards today announced a new loan guarantee program offering loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees.

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