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COVID-19 Update (May 15, 2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-05-15

Duration: 00:26:44

Subjects: Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | STATE BUDGET | Tourism


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Dardenne, Jay Interviewee
  • Cassidy, Bill Interviewee
  • Daly, Juliette Interviewee
  • Daly, Jennifer Interviewee
  • Daly, Sean Interviewee
  • Briscoe, Ashley Interviewee
  • Nungesser, Billy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 15, 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 Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, who discusses the state’s projected $1 billion budget deficit and the federal aid available to help the state budget. Moreau then interviews United States Senator Bill Cassidy, who discusses his proposed bipartisan legislation called the Smart Fund to provide $500 billion in aid to state and local governments. Next, Williams reports on COVID-19 symptoms in children. She interviews Juliette Daly, a 12-year-old from Covington, whose heart stopped twice, and her parents, Jennifer Daly and Sean Daly. Williams then interviews Ashley Briscoe of Sulphur, who discusses the death of her parents Steven Randolph and Barbara Randolph minutes apart due to COVID-19. Lastly, Moreau interviews Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who discusses the state of the tourism industry and the reopening of state museums and state parks.