The Louisiana Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers representing Ochsner Health and employees challenging the hospital operator's vaccine mandate and is set to make a decision on whether the mandate is enforceable.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette President E. Joseph Savoie this week will ask the UL System Board of Supervisors to amend his institution’s five-year capital outlay budget to include four additional significant projects.
The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed another seven cases of COVID-19 infection among the passengers and crew of a Norwegian Cruse Lines ship that returned to New Orleans on Sunday. It also said that one of the previous 10 was a "probab…
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A cruise ship arriving in New Orleans this weekend has identified 10 COVID-19 cases among its crew members and passengers, the Louisiana Department of Health said.
When Katie Remes’ New Orleans-area hospital needed nurses to staff a new COVID ward in March 2020, she volunteered. She wanted to be there for patients and her coworkers in the toughest times.
Ochsner Health, Louisiana's largest hospital operator, has fired 280 employees who refused to get a coronavirus vaccine or seek an exemption, the first hospital operator in the state to part ways with employees due to self-imposed vaccine mandates…
DENVER -- Colorado became the third U.S. state to detect a case of the omicron variant in a woman who had recently traveled to Africa, state health officials announced Thursday.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to kick off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots Thursday as he unveils his winter plans for combating the coronavirus and its omicron variant with enhanced availability of shot…
Countries across the globe suspended incoming flights after scientists in South Africa last week identified the new version.
The Louisiana Supreme Court will hear arguments in December regarding Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center's vaccine mandate.
A University of Louisiana at Lafayette nursing student has prevailed in the settlement of lawsuit she filed against Ochsner Lafayette General over a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine rule.
In less than two months, schools in Lafayette Parish have recorded more than 1,000 student COVID-19 cases, a threshold that took until the final week of February to reach last school year, according to Louisiana Department of Health data.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he's reupping Louisiana's indoor mask mandate for another month, crediting the face covering requirement with keeping students safe from COVID-19 and helping to combat the state's fourth surge of the coronavirus …
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in a lawsuit by employees and contractors against Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center over its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy.
Fewer than half of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students have been vaccinated by this week, according to a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, but the university expects most students will be in good standing by the time registration rol…
If there's one good thing to come out of the fourth and deadliest wave of the pandemic in Louisiana, it might be the expanded availability of monoclonal antibody infusion treatments for those who test positive for COVID-19.
Nurses, a respiratory therapist and anesthetists are among the employees of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and Ochsner Lafayette General facilities across Acadiana who filed lawsuits Monday to halt mandates requiring employees to take…
South Louisiana Community College's enrollment is running about 2 percent behind fall enrollment in 2020, mostly because of a drop in retention numbers that is likely caused by the coronavirus.
Louisiana university students last week appeared to be well short of a target goal for COVID-19 vaccinations, but the University of Louisiana administrator overseeing the statewide program says there’s ample time to show significant progress.
Acadiana seems to be recovering from the fourth and worst surge of the pandemic as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases steadily declines, along with the rate of hospitalizations and deaths attributed to the virus.
Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette of late have been flocking to the testing and vaccination center on campus, as a Sept. 20 deadline looms. Today marks a month since the center has opened, although it is now at its second locati…
Tourism advocates and French American cultural associations in Lafayette Parish are calling for an end to the U.S. travel ban against non-essential travelers from the European Union even as France on Friday became the latest European country to ba…
Ochsner Lafayette General is launching a mobile infusion site to provide high-risk COVID-19 patients monoclonal antibody treatments with the help of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Louisiana Department of Health.
Alex Richoux picked his load of clean laundry out of a few stacks — some folded, some fresh from the dryer — Friday afternoon in a small, air-conditioned trailer at Acadian Ambulance's FOB, or forward operating base, in Houma.
A Louisiana law firm sent letters to two Lafayette hospital systems Wednesday threatening legal action on behalf of a group of employees if the medical centers don’t back off from announced COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employees.
Gov. John Bel Edwards reinforced the statewide indoor mask mandate during a press conference about Hurricane Ida and extended Louisiana's public health emergency declaration.
More than 500 students were vaccinated this week on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus and more than 300 students were tested for COVID-19. Aug. 23 marked the start date of classes.
Schools in Lafayette Parish reported their second-highest week of COVID-19 cases among students last week, even as fewer schools are potentially reporting data to the state.
Progress against COVID-19 and its variant on Louisiana higher education campuses might be measured in half steps these days.
A group of about 100 people protested vaccine mandates in front of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon as health care workers watched from the rooms of the hospital's sickest coronavirus patients.
Franklin Foundation Hospital in St. Mary Parish has begun transferring COVID patients to other facilities because of staffing shortages.
More than a year and half into the pandemic, food programs affiliated with Catholic Charities of Acadiana are pressed to the max to serve a growing number of hungry or food insecure people.
Port Barre Middle School and Port Barre High School, which are served by one campus, will shift to full virtual learning beginning Thursday after some staff and students tested positive for COVID-19.
LAFAYETTE, La. — The owner of a Louisiana livestock business has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $76,000 from a federal aid program to help compensate farmers and ranchers for losses from the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.
Louisiana's Black residents have gotten COVID vaccinations at higher rates than the state's White residents, closing what was a significant gap when shots were first made available and offering a sign of hope to public health officials that outrea…
More COVID-19 booster shots may be on the way -- but when it's your turn, you'll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant.
The panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk for COVID-19.
A new COVID variant named B.1.630, first detected in the U.S. in March, has been sequenced by LSU in Shreveport. It is the first time the variant has been detected in the state of Louisiana.
Last month, a group of 24 neighbors boarded the American Queen in New Orleans. The six-deck Mississippi River steamboat would carry the group, most of them members of an adult-living community in Delaware, all the way to Memphis with around 200 ot…
Approximately 47 employees of Ochsner Lafayette General Health System have taken their legal battle to halt mandatory COVID-19 vaccines to the appeals court and state Supreme Court.