public health

Courtesy of Maeve Wallace

Maeve Wallace, PhD, studies maternal mortality. Specifically, she studies the violent deaths of pregnant and postpartum women. She’s known for years that guns are involved in most cases of maternal mortality. But Wallace has never been able to recommend gun-restricting policies in her federally funded research papers or request federal funding for gun violence research — until now.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that an additional 640,000 Louisianans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines when the state enters the next stage of distribution next week.

State health officials said they may be able to administer more than the 39,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine they expected to receive this week.

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There are 1,602 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across Louisiana as of Dec. 17, just barely topping a previous peak of 1,600 on July 24 and 27.

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Orleans Parish’s COVID-19 percent positivity rate has dropped from 5.2 percent last week to 4.7 percent this week. That means no reinstated restrictions, and New Orleanians can continue to sit inside bars at 25 percent capacity.