Rosemary Westwood

Public Health Reporter

Rosemary Westwood is the public reporter for WWNO/WRKF. She was previously a freelance writer specializing in gender and reproductive rights, a radio producer, columnist, magazine writer and podcast host.

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Paul Braun / WRKF

Dr. Alex Billioux, Louisiana’s assistant secretary of health for the Office of Public Health and a key leader in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, will resign at the end of the month.

Ashley Dean / WWNO

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he’ll announce a decision as soon as tomorrow on whether the state will stay in Phase 2 of the coronavirus reopening plan or move to fewer restrictions in Phase 3.

Bill Feig/AP Photo/POOL

Inspection reports and other assessments for petrochemical plants and industrial facilities caught in Hurricane Laura’s path show roughly a one-third suffered some type of damage, as some environmental advocates urge the state to aggressively monitor pollution levels and share more information with the public.

Bill Feig/AP Photo/POOL

Among the homes and businesses Hurricane Laura has destroyed and the lives it’s taken, the storm has also decimated coronavirus testing where Louisiana might need it most.

Ben Depp / National Geographic Society

Prison reform groups are calling for the creation of an independent health monitor to combat the spread of the coronavirus among incarcerated people and prison staff.

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