Next Steps, Pandemic Cost, Recouping Dollars, Tourism, Children, Family Tragedy | 5/15/20 | LSWI
Entergy, is proud to support programming on, LPB, and greener, practices. That preserve, Louisiana. The. Goal of our environmental. And sustainability, initiatives. Really is to ensure that our kids and future generations, can, be left with a cleaner planet. Additional. Support provided by, the Fred B and Ruth B Ziegler Foundation, and the Ziegler Art Museum, located in Jennings City Hall the, museum, focuses on emerging Louisiana, artists and is an historical, and cultural center, for Southwest, Louisiana and. The. Foundation, for excellence in Louisiana, public broadcasting, with support from viewers, like you. We've. Had difficulty, even, drinking anything out of that grave that glass here during the course the past couple of months as bleak, as the revenue forecast look state leaders like Jay Darden stressed the value of optimism, she, clinically died twice, before. Even getting on the helicopter, 12. Year old Juliette Daly's battle with Koba 19 that nearly killed her you don't really have any closure, from it because you never got a chance to see them to say goodbye a family, coping with losing both parents within, minutes of each other - Kovach 19, everyday. Operating. Somebody. Else. Lieutenant. Governor urges anyone who can - staycation. In Louisiana. Hi. Everyone I'm Natasha Williams and I'm Andre Mauro much more on those top stories in a moment on this week's edition of SWI, but, first a look at other news making headlines across, the state the people of Louisiana have, worked really hard, since. This public health emergency. Was. First. Announced beginning. Friday Governor, John bel Edwards, is lifting his strict stay at home orders put in place to, fight the rapid spread of the corona virus he, praised Louisianans. For their efforts and progress that. Warned, against backsliding. Friday's. Phase one allows most places to reopen with restrictions, a 25. Percent capacity, workers. Wearing masks, it includes. Almost all businesses. Restaurants, and, coffee shops can reopen with inside, seating, churches. Gems, movie theaters, hair, and nail salons, museums. Zoos aquariums. And, racetracks, without fans can, all reopen, tattoo. Parlors spas, amusement. Parks and children's, museums, will, remain closed for now these, restrictions will stay in place until at least June, 5th we. Can continue. To. Have tremendous, success, on, the, public health front while we re-engage our economy. But. If people get too anxious if we. Lose patience, if. We're inconsiderate, -. To, fellow. Louisianans. Then. We can go in the wrong direction that. Is the worst thing not. Just with respect to public health that's the worst thing you can do for the economy, the, outbreak, has decimated, the state's economy, with. More than 300 10,000 people qualifying, for unemployment, in New, Orleans one out of every four, workers has, lost jobs because of the pandemic that's, according to a study from the University of Louisiana Lafayette, the. Study found the 25, percent unemployment, rate in the Crescent City is just, ahead of 21, percent in Baton Rouge and, 19. Percent in Lafayette, Stephen. Barnes at the Plinko Public Policy Center, analyzed, the data the. Numbers already rival, the Great Depression era, of the 1930s. LSU. Is among the many state universities, bringing, workers back to campus, in Phase one those. Returning, were notified, this week while, others, could continue to work remotely for, the time being those. Returning, to campuses, must wear facemasks went, around others maintain. Physical distancing. And also, proper hygiene with, hand-washing, protocols. LSU. Honored more than 4,000. Spring graduates, with a virtual graduation. Ceremony, the, viewing of the graduation, watch party, was on LSU's Facebook, page, it featured, a Year in Review video, Louisiana. Native and Grammy winner, Lauren Diggle singing, the national anthem and a, message from interim president, Tom Galligan, LSU. Intentionally. Had tougher, hazing, policies, for sororities, compared. To fraternities, at least that's a key argument in the 25, million dollar lawsuit against, LSU from, the parents of max groover a federal, appeals court ruled this week Steven, and Rayanne groover, can continue, their case against the university groover. Was an 18 year old freshman at LSU in 2018, who died of alcohol, poisoning after. A frat party at 5 Delta Theta the. Court ruled because LSU. Gets federal funding, it waived, it's right to immunity from lawsuits claiming. Sexual, discrimination. The. Health Department will resume releasing, the names of nursing, homes where residents. Have tested, positive or, died, from Kovan 19, dr.. Alex bu leader, of the public health office who will release specific, details weekly, the, office says people dying in nursing homes account. For 37%. Of, all, virus, deaths. Louisiana New. School's of Baton Rouge this week hosted, a virtual, job fair for current, and prospective teachers, the.
Job Fair included, reps, from charter private. And traditional, public schools and also featured programs and schools for, those wanting to know what it takes to, become a teacher. Here. Are some of the highlights from this week from the state capitol Louisiana voters will, get to decide parish, by parish whether, to legalize sports, betting under, bill that passed easily Wednesday. In the state Senate, yes senators voted 29 to 8 for this proposal it was by Senator Cameron Henry Jefferson, Parish Republican. That calls for the sports betting to appear on the, November 3rd, ballot, GOP. Lawmakers advanced. Proposals, to limit damage claims, against, businesses, in car, wreck lawsuits, talk, of this began before the pandemic, Democrats. Say it's not appropriate to discuss amid. The coronavirus House and Senate committee members approved tort reform measures that would make sweeping, changes, to Louisiana's, civil litigation, system aimed at lessening, liability, insurance companies, and other, businesses. Now the bills would change the rules for accessing. Courts and over, suing, over injuries, our, car insurance rates are second, highest in the nation averaging. About $2,200. A year, 64,000, people will stay on the Medicaid, program who otherwise would have been kicked off the, rolls because, of federal aid required, enacted, to the corona, virus pandemic a congressional. Aid package, means the state got another, 250. Million, extra, in Medicaid. Money. The, state RAC the revenue estimating, conference slash state income projections, by, 1 billion dollars, courtesy, of the coronavirus, the, giant blow to the budget threatens deep cuts across, state, services, across the board leaders, do not intend, to raise taxes, though Commissioner, of Administration, Jay Darden breaks, it down for us we. Knew it was going to be a pretty. Stark. Number, and administration. Chief Jay Darden says that nearly 1 billion dollar shortfall is. A reality the state will have to burden he, says we're not alone we've got plenty of company the rest of the nation and the world it, is a shocking number particularly, when you consider, we. Had made so much progress over. The course of the past four years and overcoming, a two billion dollar problem with. Budget, surpluses, for a couple years in a row and anticipating, another surplus, this year so. From that standpoint it's very disappointing that we're not able to do the conflicts we had planned on doing had we not have to deal with the pandemic but that's easy to say everybody. In the world and in America has had to do that it's a disaster, with far-reaching, implications, but. Garden says there, is some help expected, to come the federal government has increased. Stuff. Amount, of money that the state will get from Medicaid. So. That our portion, of medical treating, Medicaid patients, is smaller, will. Get more federal dollars that'll free up some of our state general fund and of, course the cares Act that Congress allocated. To all the states and territories, brought. About a billion, eight to, Louisiana, the. Federal government, has the luxury of printing money and running deficits we don't have that in Louisiana, state government we've got to have a balanced budget we certainly can't print money so. That those, funds are going to come in extremely handy, in offsetting, some of this billion. Dollar problem. Will. That be. Enough to avoid, still. Sweeping cuts, we. Will. They're. Still going to be cuts but not cuts, that you would think have to be made at a billion dollar level. Of problem the, federal money cannot be used to replace lost revenue, the, massive, drop in sales taxes, income, taxes. Skyrocketing. Unemployment and, the price of oil plummeting, all creating. A financial, hole, but. Those dollars, can be used according, to the federal guidelines, to, reimburse, for expenditures, at the state made to prepare for or respond to or mitigate of problems caused by the coronavirus. So that's going to let us take, a lot of the expenses, we've incurred for, letting, people work from home and from doing all the work that's been done to prepare. Hospitals. And build new with hospital sites and encourage. Expenses, related to. Healthcare. Services and. Public, protection, all that's covered, so we. Will, find out that there's going to be a significant, amount of that money that will help us in the current year and help us next year as well there, is also FEMA money in addition to the cares Act that, will offset a, majority, of what the state is spending because. We're in a declared disaster. FEMA, is going to be responsible for seventy-five, percent of the, funds. That we have directly, spent, to, deal with this and the state will be responsible for 25, percent of that work in a sea of bad news that's, the. Good news, well. That's right that, is that, is some good news that the federal relief, that the federal government has provided to, the states, recognizing.
That There was going to be a severe, blow to, state budgets, literally. Every one of them depending. On where they were in their budget year, affecting. One fiscal year or affecting, two fiscal years in our case it's affecting, two fiscal years because, we have a June. 30, year end in a July 1 fiscal, year beginning darden. Also says there's a lot of money being spent for crucial, testing. And contact. Tracing but. It's absolutely, pivotal to, getting us to the point where we can fully recover so, that will be an additional expense that will be incurred for. The balance, of this fiscal year probably moving, well into next year is that, that testing, and component. Comes, into play and and hopefully as we advance, scientifically. And medically at, the national. Level we'll. Be in a position to provide more testing, and hopefully eventually a vaccine. And some, treatment modalities. It'll be available for, people because, most, of the experts are telling us this is not suddenly going to go away it's something that we're going to have to deal with and there's the potential for it recurring at different times of the year and we'll all as, a nation the world have to be prepared to deal with and. There's another piece of legislation that could come from Washington, and Senator. Bill Cassidy is helping drive it he says it is essential, it's, called the smart fund or smart Act Cassidy. Is teaming with New Jersey Democratic, Senator Bob Menendez. Proposing. That 500. Billion dollars go, specifically. To help state and local governments deal, with the coronavirus recovery, talked. With him on a national, conference call this week just. As we have supported, employers, and, families. And individuals. So, we would also support. City. And state government knowing. That if your, city cannot afford to pay the police officers, the firefighters. The sanitation, workers then, all the money that we have put into supporting, employers, hoping they keep the doors open will be wasted, the, restaurant, if it opens the doors and, there is not police, protection, fire protection, and, sanitation. To take away the garbage that. Restaurant, is going to close that, impacts. Our economy, the, tax base the, employees, it impacts, us all how, quickly could, it be. Become. A reality. Louisiana. Is not the only state being terribly impacted, and pick. Your city that you live in Andrae Baton, Rouge or say New Orleans or Shreveport, those are not the only cities being impacted, so, I think the longer, we go, with, state after city after state. Announcing. Their shortfalls, laying. Off their police officers their, firefighters. Their. Sanitation, workers, otherwise. Cutting, support for essential, government services the. More support, we'll get for our bill. And. Now it just turns out over the next several months several. Weeks to several months is when states begin to report their.
Finances. So, at this point there's folks who are undecided wait. Till the governor calls them or their, mayor calls them or the police chief calls them and says these are our circumstances. No. Fault of ours the, federal government, asked us to shut down we, did and now we've lost our tax base so, I. At, this point I think it would pass but. Give it a month give it six weeks I'm. Even. More confident, that it'll pass. Her. Heart stopped twice and she was revived 12 year-old Juliet daily of Covington was a victim of the corona virus and a rare heart condition likely. Triggered, by Koba 19, her incredible, story that almost ended in tragedy is raising, awareness about how some children's symptoms, may, be very, different, a. Few. Weeks ago this family picture mom dad, and Juliette was in jeopardy, because, I was looking nauseous. And things, were. Kind. Of dizzy, and hard to see this. And tired. Very. That. Was just the beginning of Juliette Daly's battle to survive the, perfectly healthy active, twelve-year-old, who suffered a heart attack and knocked on death's door not once but twice her, symptoms, not typical, of Kovach 19 a Sunday, she, had nausea and vomiting all day couldn't. Keep anything down not in the water and. A lot of us I was. Like. Six times or something, her mom Jennifer, Daly a radiologist. Tried to get Julia tested, but she didn't qualify the. Next day she seemed better but quickly took a turn for the worse, her dad Sean took her to her pediatrician who immediately sent her to the emergency room, from there more, complications. He, come he's like yeah. They're gonna transfer her by helicopter, down to Oxnard to be, admitted to the pediatric ICU. Well, actually sets him I'm like no no no we, only live an hour away. Let's, just driver it's, not that far and he's, like no, Jennifer. You, don't understand, they're going to intubate, her put, her on a ventilator. Put, her in a helicopter they want a team there and I. Just, immediately. Started crying and, freaking. Out and he's like you need to pack a bag you, need to get in the car you. Get down there Jennifer's. Hour drive, from Covington, to New Orleans was filled with fear and tears, and then, more, bad news then. He calls me again as I'm getting on the causeway and he's, like yeah, there's been a delay. They. Have some issues, after, they intubated. Her after they put the breathing tube down they. To extreme measures they had to do CPR and, I was like oh my. God. Like. I, couldn't. Believe it I just I was, already extremely excited, and I got even more upset. Cuz. I was like we're telling you that she's not breathing they're telling you that she's dead why they stopped right her heart stopped so, I guess she was sort of. Decompensating. Was, sort of failing at. That point so when. They intubated, her her. Heart basically stopped, at that time or a little less than two minutes and. They. Brought her back and, then they, you. Know they they put her on the gurney and and, she was sedated. And, had the breathing. Tube in and we, wheeled her out so. It was kind of like both of you were in kind, of a limbo a crazy situation right, it, was the worst and off yeah yeah I mean the last thing he's awesome, he saw hers she's on a ventilator getting, in to help an, ambulance, to go meet a helicopter, and I had not seen her since 7:30, that morning when. She had still looked okay but in. The few hours of. That morning she went into cardiogenic, shock in, heart failure. Her. Heart was barely pumping she, was super, sick she, was barely holding on we had no idea that, how sick she was until she got to the hospital, we got her there just in the nick of time we.
Had, Waited even a half hour an hour she, would have had a cardiac arrest at home she, would have died that's, how we call 9-1-1, and had the ambulance, come and they figured out what that was going on she, would have died at, the hospital heading, to ICU Juliette's. New battle was just beginning I finally. Got into the piece ICU and I grabbed a nurse and they say I'm. Truly Bailey's, mother I just need to know one thing right now is, she alive did, she make him off the helicopter because, I don't even know and, she, comes back she said yes yes. Juliette's alive but they're about to put her on a bypass machine, it's. Called it's all called ECMO they want to stop her heart so. The heart can rest and get better and, put her on this machine to, do all the work of her heart and lungs for her and, just. The, news was just getting worse and worse a little. Good news she didn't have to go on the bypass machine but was heavily medicated her, mom told the next 24, to 48 hours were. Critical, either, they will recover, and. Hopefully. Get the critic function back he, said seven out of ten kids usually. Do, that and, then. I asked what happens to the three out of ten and he said that they need cardiac, transplant, or they died and. I. Was like. Yeah. I mean as a parent I'm like 70% Isaac at that point at that point that was pretty good, those idiots, actually yeah. It's. Better than 5050 and it's better than her being dead you. Know I was desperate. To grasp onto any, nugget. Of good news the, family did get good news, Juliet is expected to make a full recovery but. After a very scary ordeal her mom a doctor, admits she, was a little scared and wanted, to be very cautious I had, a lot of anxiety and, PTSD after, this when. They told us we could go home I was like are you sure maybe. We should stay here I like being here and the ICU all, the, doctors and all the monitors, I mean I was after. She was estimated, and a little more stable like I could actually sleep, because. I knew there, were other people watching her and if anything, happened, alarms, would go off and. That's where Juliet she'll have quite a story to tell for many years to come. Maybe. Conducting, their grandchildren. Practice now, the number of Kovac cases among children remains small despite, cases like Juliet's, but doctors are warning parents if their children develop, fever a rash stomach. Pain or vomiting call their pediatrician, immediately adults. Still make up the majority of koban 19, cases. In. Their final moments they were together in the same room side. By side as they were losing their battle to Kovan 19 Stephen, Barbara Randolph grabbed each other's hands and passed away minutes apart their daughter tells us she finds comfort in the fact that they were together until the very end. Pastor. Steve Randolph, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and was recently moved to a nursing home to recuperate his wife evangelist, Barbara Randolph was making daily visits to see him when, the corona virus pandemic struck. She. Started, off with like a call. Initially. She thought it was like a cold start. Like a flu or something, like that, Ashley, Briscoe is the Randolph's daughter she says her mom went to the doctor but did not get a test for kovin 19 but, days later she was very sick it, went from a call, to. She. Was having trouble breathing she, started having nausea. Vomiting. Shortness of breath she was rushed to the hospital and, tested positive, for the virus and, put, on a ventilator right, after my mom was, put in the hospital my sister start having the same symptoms, so. She. Ended up in the hospital as well and, she. Had to be put on a ventilator too and later, that evening Briscoe, got more bad news when. I got off work that night I got a call from the nurse at home saying. That they were rushing my dad to the you, are as well, because. He, was. Starting. To have seizures. Templates. Over 103. I believe so. I had to wait for a doctor to call me and that's, innate informed, me that he was having respiratory failure, so. He was immediately put, on the ventilator as well all, had the virus all in the same hospital all fighting. To survive so. They were all three. In ICU, of, one. Phinney later at the same time and. My. Mom didn't know my sister and dad was in there and my. Sister didn't know my dad was there my dad didn't know my mama sister, but. They were all like right down the hall from each other the whole time and I seen you say. Was confusing, because it all happened so fast they, went from. Just, a call and, then all three Levin later one, bright spot her sister 39, years old with no underlying health issues recovered, and was released from the hospital, her dad 64, with high blood pressure and her mom 58, with diabetes were, gravely, ill and getting worse a doctor, telling the family their parents organs. Were shutting down, and. At that point that the ventilator, was doing a hundred percent of the work and that. They. Wanted to discuss the option of Hospice with this her parents were admitted to hospice, the family deciding to let them go knowing.
The End was, near so. We had to say our final goodbyes over, the face time before. They removed them off the ventilator and. Once. They remove them off the ventilator they were able to put him in the same room and they put their best together and. My. Dad reached over and grabbed my mom hands and. After. She passed he passed a couple minutes after her while holding her hand so. He reached over and grabbed her hand right. And, the. Doctor, took, a picture of it and. Saved, it for me so he'd have to keep safe Briscoe. Says her family take solace in knowing they were there for each other, just like they were in life inseparable. They. Were the day that you saw my, mom around my dad or you never saw my dad without my mom now, though as they grieve the family is hoping for closure, the. Fact that we can't have a funeral to, have. Like some kind of closure with it it's, like it's not really, being. Able to say your final goodbyes, so it's like every, day you wake up and it's like did that really happen. Well. The family has set up a GoFundMe page, to help pay for their parents funeral, expenses, if you'd like to help go to the page you see on your screen Pastor. Steven and, Barbara Randolph. As, the state has been on a stay-at-home lockdown our vibrant tourism, industry, has collapsed. I talked, with lieutenant governor Billy Nungesser as we ease back into business and he, is reminding, everyone, in our state to, staycation. In Louisiana, we're asking, Louisiana's, to get out staycation. Go. To the state parks, museums do. It safely wear. Your masks keep your distance, but. It's a great time to get out discover, Louisiana. After all it's yours. It's and they'll share those stories those, great places they go with. Friends and family, and when, we're ready to invite tourists, back we'll. Already have a lot of things. That have been done by local, residents talking. About how wonderful they were and they'll, help us welcome the tourists back Billy. Everyone's, coping, with tough, times, how is, tourism. Coping, with not having anybody in, hotels. Empty, the, whole gamut, well. It's people. Losing their jobs as squares, only every day and. Every day we're not back up and operating. Somebody. Else decides, to throw in the towel, whether, it be an antique shop in the French Quarter, a. Bed-and-breakfast. A hotel. And so. That's. Why it's so important, through this phase one at Louisiana's. That can get out that, are healthy, and get, out the safe manner to, get out and support as many restaurants, local shops. Attractions. Bed-and-breakfast, hotels and. Because. That might make the difference you. Know is making it through these. Tough times did. You ever think that you would be in a position to have to ad-lib. Like, this you. Know Katrina. The. Oil spill the, 2016. Floods, flooded. 57. Of our 64, parishes. During. And after each one of those I, questioned. Our ability to come back yeah. Louisiana's, find a way so. Although, we're. Facing the, same thing that every state is facing, we. Do have the. Best tools in our toolbox the. Best food called, music, and the. Best people when. You leave Louisiana, you leave with a friend for life we. Treat strangers like family, so. Competing. Against all the other states I like, our chances better, than anyone to, bring back quickly, and save. As much of this industry, and put as many people, back or as quickly. As possible and everyone, that's our show for this week remember you can watch anything, else PB anytime. With, our app download. It for free from your App Store this upgraded version features news public, affairs documentaries. How to's and many more programs and please, follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram for, all of us here in Louisiana Public Broadcasting, I'm Andre mora and i'm natasha williams thanks for watching until next time that's, the state we're in. Entergy. Is proud to support programming, on LPB, and greener, practices. That preserve, Louisiana. The. Goal of our environmental. And sustainability, initiatives. Really is to ensure that our kids and future generations can. Be left with a cleaner planet.
Additional. Support provided by, the Fred B and Ruth B Ziegler Foundation, and the Ziegler Art Museum located in, Jennings City Hall the, museum, focuses on emerging Louisiana, artists and is an historical, and cultural center, for Southwest, Louisiana and. The. Foundation, for excellence in Louisiana, public broadcasting. With support from viewers, like you.