Public Health Desk

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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.

Paula Burch-Celentano / Tulane University

Tulane students have been back on campus for almost four weeks. In that time, there’s been a marked increase in the number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among undergraduate students, according to the university’s Office of Campus Health.


The number of new COVID-19 cases reported every day has been declining over the past month, but Louisiana’s battle with the coronavirus is far from over.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

Schools are now required to report known and suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Louisiana Department of Health as part of an “early warning system,” according to an emergency order from State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry.