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COVID-19 Update (April 3, 2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-04-03

Duration: 00:26:00

Subjects: Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Gee, Rebekah E. | Health Care | Tourism | Nungesser, Billy, 1959-


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Gee, Rebekah Interviewee
  • Kolluru, Ramesh Interviewee
  • Fontenot, Adam Interviewee
  • Patel, Raj Interviewee
  • Nungesser, Billy Interviewee
  • Durrance, Chris Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 3, 2020, features Andre Moreau and Natasha Williams reporting on the latest news on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Louisiana. Moreau first reports on the week’s headlines, including highlights from Governor John Bel Edwards’ latest press conference. Next, Moreau interviews Dr. Rebekah Gee, the CEO of Health Care Services for LSU Health and the former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. She discusses the difficulty in finding resources for medical workers, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. Moreau then interviews Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He discusses the partnership between LSU and the University of Louisiana System in developing a COVID-19 Louisiana Volunteer Management System. Next, Williams interviews Adam Fontenot of Vitalant Blood Donation Center, who discusses the current blood shortage and the safety precautions they are now using to protect blood donors. Williams then interviews Raj Patel of Oyo Hotels, who discusses their decision to offer free rooms to health care workers. Next, Williams interviews Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who discusses the impact of the pandemic on Louisiana tourism and his office’s plans to promote tourism when the stay-at-home order is lifted. Moreau then interviews Chris Durrance, the director of “The Gene: An Intimate History.” Lastly, Moreau and Williams report on the death of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis due to COVID-19.