CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Stormy weather is threatening to delay SpaceX’s first astronaut launch. A SpaceX rocket is scheduled to blast off Wednesday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center, carrying a Dragon capsule with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. It will be the first time astronauts launch...
NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health has announced community COVID-19 testing locations in the greater New Orleans and Northshore regions for May 26-29. Testing is open to Louisiana residents, age two and older. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is encouraged that you get tested to know your...
Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks Monday, May 11, 2020, at his media briefing on the state's COVID-19 response at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La.(Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)BATON ROUGE (AP) — Republican state lawmakers, citing concerns about privacy rights, are trying to ensure that Louisiana won’t...
CHICAGO – From Ochsner Health System: Shelly Monks, FACHE, has been named President of the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC).  Monks’ two-year term commenced Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Monks is System Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ochsner Health, located in New Orleans, Louisiana,...
NEW ORLEANS – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive spike in the use of telemedicine services nationwide – and New Orleans is no exception.  Neurologist David J. Houghton, the medical director of Ochsner Health’s digital medicine program, said Ochsner conducted less than 4,000 home-based virtual visits in 2019. Now...
NEW ORLEANS – Before the COVID shutdown, local startup Stop & Block had installed hundreds of sunscreen dispensers at Jazz Fest, the Crescent City Classic, Hogs for the Cause and Saints training camp. Now the three-year-old company has pivoted. Its devices are dispensing hand sanitizer at local office buildings,...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since late March. “Just over a month ago we had 2,134 individuals in the hospital from COVID-19,” and Wednesday’s number was 931, Gov. John Bel Edwards said on his monthly call-in radio...
Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus.
NEW ORLEANS – From Paula Polito, the owner of Beary Cherry Tree and a member of the Workforce and Education Task Force of the Resilient Louisiana Commission: As a child care provider for twenty years, I know how resilient the child care sector is. We have dealt with challenges...
BATON ROUGE – Record unemployment insurance claims have thrown state unemployment insurance systems into financial distress. Three million American workers filed for unemployment insurance in the week ending May 9, according to the Department of Labor, bringing the total number of initial claims up to 36 million American workers...