CDC Revises COVID-19 Quarantine Recommendations

By Constance M. Gistand, MD, MPH, FACPThe New Orleans Tribune On Monday December 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened the previously recommended timeframe for isolation from 10 days to five days for anyone who tests positive for COVID 19 infection if they do not have any symptoms. After remaining symptom free for five...

Gov. Edwards Urge Residents to Prepare for Arrival of Omicron Variant

The Louisiana Department of Health reports 479 new COVID-19 cases and 12 additional deaths today, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Also, 213 Louisianans are hospitalized. State data indicates that the unvaccinated account for 82 percent of cases, 83percent of hospitalized patients, and 71 percent of deaths. To date, Louisiana reports 772,789 cases of COVID-19 and a total of...

New Report Reveals Breakthrough Cases Among Vaccinated Are Extremely Rare

The rate of breakthrough cases reported among those fully vaccinated is well below 1 percent in all reporting states, ranging from 0.01 percent in Connecticut to 0.90 percent in Oklahoma. The rate of breakthrough cases in the District of Columbia stands at 0.04 percent. Stacy M. BrownNNPA Newswire Senior National...

State Department of Corrections Suspends Visitation

With the surge of COVID-19 positive cases in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) has suspended prisoner visitation and volunteering effective immediately through August 16, at Louisiana's eight state-run prisons. The Department has taken this precautionary measure to protect its staff and prisoner populations.In lieu of visitation,...

City Issues Indoor Mask Advisory

The rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past several weeks has prompted officials with the City of New Orleans to issue an indoor mask advisory, asking everyone to wear a mask indoors when with people who are not members of their immediate family. “The alarming transmission data we’ve...