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Sheltering the unsheltered amid COVID-19

Lacking adequate healthcare, those who are unsheltered are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Local shelters are already at capacity, and more people are becoming homeless each day. It’s a public health problem, according to advocates.

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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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LGH, Ochsner take next step in merger

The Boards of Trustees of Lafayette General Health and New Orleans-based Ochsner Health have approved and signed a definitive agreement for LGH to merge with Ochsner. The systems announced the merger in September.

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Hang tight, Lafayette, the money is coming

Everyone expected dollars would start flowing at the stroke of a pen, but the size and scope of the bill means there’s more to iron out, even as the federal government works to turn on the taps quickly.

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Link to nola.com Is coronavirus growth slowing in New Orleans? Trends suggest so, but virus is surging elsewhere (opens in new window)

Data suggests that coronavirus cases are slowing, but a trend isn’t well established yet. Researchers are reluctant to say the worst is behind New Orleans. During the breakout in Wuhan, a five-day dip in new cases preceded a massive spike.

Source: Is coronavirus growth slowing in New Orleans? Trends suggest so, but virus is surging elsewhere | Coronavirus | nola.com

National Guard delivers face shields to Lourdes

The Louisiana National Guard delivered FEMA-issued face shields to Our Lady of Lourdes today to help the hospital staff safely care for coronavirus patients.

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