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New Orleans public schools will report COVID-19 cases among students and staff at the school level and share the information with the public on a weekly basis, the district announced Thursday.

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High school football teams in New Orleans can start holding full-contact practices and begin gearing up for October’s first weekend of games as long as they adhere to the city’s health and safety standards, New Orleans Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno announced Monday.

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Balloons and brass bands greeted mask-clad elementary students at a dozen New Orleans public schools this week as they returned to the classroom for the first time since March.

From The Frontline: Dr. Jennifer Avegno

Sep 18, 2020
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Health inequity is just one of the major issues that has been magnified by the COVID-19 crisis, but it’s one that Dr. Jennifer Avegno reckons with on a daily basis. She’s the director of the New Orleans Health Department, and since March, she’s become the public face of the city’s pandemic response. Dr. Avegno discusses her singular experience of the crisis in this edition of the Historic New Orleans Collection’s series, From The Frontline.


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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.