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COVID-19 Update (April 17, 2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-04-20

Duration: 00:26:49

Subjects: Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Health Care | Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | James, Ted


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • James, Ted Interviewee
  • Barham, Henry Interviewee
  • Whitfield, Rani Interviewee
  • Galligan, Thomas Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from April 17, 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, Williams interviews State Representative Ted James, who discusses his difficult battle with COVID-19. Moreau then interviews Dr. Henry Barham, a rhinologist in Baton Rouge. He discusses the experiences of health care workers on the front lines during the pandemic, the increased risk of transmission during the surgeries he performs, and his decision to quarantine from his family. Next, Williams interviews Dr. Rani Whitfield, a sports medicine and family physician, who discusses the reasons for the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the African American community. Lastly, Moreau interviews LSU Interim President Thomas Galligan, who discusses LSU’s response to the pandemic, including the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the Baton Rouge campus.