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Community testing for COVID-19 at Comiskey Playground today through Wednesday

The city’s Health Department, LCMC Health and LSU Health Sciences Center are conducting a mobile testing campaign for COVID-19 across the metro area over the coming weeks, with two stops in Mid-City neighborhoods. The first begins today. From Monday (May 4) through Wednesday (May 6), tests will be performed at Comiskey Playground, 600 S. Jefferson Read More…

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Mobile COVID-19 testing kicks off at Xavier University

Xavier University is the first site in a campaign bring COVID-19 testing to medically vulnerable communities. Walk-up testing will be available at Xavier from Tuesday (April 21) through Friday of this week. LCMC Health, the New Orleans Health Department and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center will be conducting a mobile testing campaign for COVID-19 Read More…

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Viewpoint: Companies pivot to serve increased sanitation needs

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Joe Sobol Sr. was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Riccobonos, his mother’s family, came to New Orleans after Sicily’s devastating famine in the 1880s. They first sold produce and then macaroni in the French Quarter. Eventually they opened The Pearl Restaurant and Oyster Bar at 119 St. Charles Ave., Read More…

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RTA reducing schedules, waiving fares

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is further reducing its service beginning Sunday (March 29). Some routes will remain on a Saturday schedule, other lines will run less frequently, and some routes will be eliminated during the coronavirus crisis. In addition, the RTA will waive transit fares for bus, streetcar Read More…

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Viewpoint: Weighing risk in the restaurant takeout dilemma

By Kristine Froeba, opinion columnist COVID-19 can live up to eight hours on cardboard takeout boxes and up to 72 on Styrofoam containers, straws, cups and plastic bags, says a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Airborne droplets can linger in the air for three to four hours after a person has Read More…

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Delgado School of Nursing donates supplies to local hospitals

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger Delgado Community College donated around 900 cartons worth of medical supplies to local hospitals on Monday, including more than 500 N-95 masks, plus surgical face masks, isolation gowns, and sterile gloves. It is also loaning out four ventilators, critical to coronavirus patients so sick that they cannot breathe on their Read More…