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COVID-19 Update (May 22, 2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-05-22

Duration: 00:27:14

Subjects: Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Mental Health | Prisons | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2020


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Sokol, Theresa Interviewee
  • Davis, Shelina Interviewee
  • Sledge, Matt Interviewee
  • Orgeron, Ed Speaker
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Speaker
  • Fields, Cleo Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 22, 2020, features Andre Moreau and Natasha Williams reporting on the latest news on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in Louisiana. Williams and Moreau first report on the week’s headlines, including the latest action at the 2020 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature and highlights from Governor John Bel Edwards’ most recent press conference. Next, Williams interviews Theresa Sokol, the acting state epidemiologist, who discusses the process for contact tracing people who have been exposed to COVID-19. Moreau then interviews Shelina Davis, the CEO of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, who discusses the importance of maintaining your mental health during the uncertainty of the pandemic. Next, Williams interviews Matt Sledge, a reporter with the Advocate newspaper in New Orleans, who discusses the impact of COVID-19 on inmates at the state and federal prisons in Louisiana. Lastly, Moreau reports on a high school graduation ceremony sponsored by the Louisiana Leadership Institute in Baton Rouge. It includes highlights of the speeches by LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron and East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, as well as an interview with State Senator Cleo Fields.