Louisiana Department of Health   The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 Vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.   Limited amounts of COVID Vaccines are available at select locations only for: • Persons 65 and older • Dialysis providers and patients • Ambulatory and outpatient providers and staff • Behavioral health providers and staff • Urgent care clinic providers and staff • Community care providers and staff • Dental providers and staff •...
After more than three months of heightened restrictions, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said he will loosen coronavirus rules to move the state into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, allowing bars to open statewide and letting most businesses operate at 75% capacity.  The move is the second time since the pandemic began that Edwards put the state in the third phase of his reopening plan, after moving backwards and imposing more restrictions in late November. It comes as cases and hospitalizations continue to drop in most parts of the state.  “We’re currently moving in the right direction...
NEW ORLEANS — As Louisiana moves into a "modified Phase 3" of COVID restrictions, New Orleans will stay in Phase 2. The announcement comes from city officials after Gov. John Bel Edwards said he would loosen restrictions across the state. A statement from Mayor LaToya Cantrell's office said that New Orleans will remain in its own modified phase 2 since they recently eased restrictions on sporting events and gatherings.  "It is important to monitor the effect those changes may have on transmission," the statement said. "Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Maxine Waters: Jim Jordan is a bully and I shut him down

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) got into a heated exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the country's coronavirus mitigation measures, which ended with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) telling Jordan to "shut your mouth." CNN's Jim Acosta spoke with Waters about why she intervened in the moment.Watch the Interview

Black Psychiatrist Launches New Podcast to Reduce Pandemic-Induced Stress and Anxiety

During the pandemic, 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. From virtual work to virtual school to sickness and death, this comes as no surprise. However, one thing COVID has taught us is the importance of being more present and enjoying life because no day is promised. But for the busy professional, this is easier said than done. “As a psychiatrist, I encounter so many busy professionals that are unhappy, overwhelmed, and anxious because they give the best of themselves to everyone else, leaving themselves...
(CNN)- More than 98% of US residents now live in an area where there is a "high" or "substantial" risk of Covid-19 community transmission, up from 19% of residents only a month ago. This sharp turn has been driven in large part by the highly infectious Delta variant and low vaccination rates in many regions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) measures community transmission using two metrics -- the number of cases per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate, both measured over the previous seven days. The latest figures from the CDC show an...
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN Updated 6:25 AM ET, Thu September 16, 2021 (CNN)It's not clear if or when boosters doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be OK'd for fully vaccinated people in the United States, but state and local health departments across the United States are moving ahead with plans for a potential rollout next week. Last month, US health officials announced plans for booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be offered starting the week of September 20, subject to sign-off from the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those conversations...
Author: LAURAN NEERGAARD (AP Medical Writer) Published: 6:09 AM CDT September 20, 2021 Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon -- a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for...

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