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Nextdoor neighbors shout down Lafayette radio host’s ill-advised attempt to throw a public gathering

Radio personality Carol Ross took to community app NextDoor to promote a vigil for healthcare workers in River Ranch Town Square, a gathering that would flout Louisiana’s stay-home order at a time when officials up and down the political spectrum are urging the public not to gather. Her Nextdoor neighbors put a stop to it, calling out the conservative talk radio host’s gesture.

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Link to theadvocate.com Acadiana coronavirus cases spike; ICU occupancy highest in state  (opens in new window)

As of Wednesday, there were 713 cases reported in Acadiana, which the state health department defines as the parishes of Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Evangeline, Acadia, Vermilion and Iberia. That marked 42% increase over five days, slightly outpacing the statewide increase.

Source: Acadiana coronavirus cases spike; ICU occupancy highest in state | News | theadvocate.com

Link to nola.com Here’s why these 13 Louisiana parishes have some of the highest coronavirus death rates in the U.S.  (opens in new window)

Of the 13 parishes in Louisiana with the highest death rates, 10 lie along the industrial corridor that lines the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge down to the river’s mouth. And notably, every parish along the river from Plaquemines to West Baton Rouge is among the top 50 in coronavirus deaths per capita – save for East Baton Rouge, which is ranked No. 52.

Source: Here’s why these 13 Louisiana parishes have some of the highest coronavirus death rates in the U.S. | Coronavirus | nola.com

Link to nola.com Big shift in model of coronavirus in Louisiana raises questions about ‘peak’ of outbreak (opens in new window)

A closely watched model of the coronavirus pandemic showed a dramatic shift for the better in Louisiana overnight, but changes to the methodology used by researchers suggest that it might be too early to celebrate.

Source: Big shift in model of coronavirus in Louisiana raises questions about ‘peak’ of outbreak | Coronavirus | nola.com