By Bill Quigley.  Bill teaches law at Loyola University New Orleans.

Virus Raging.  Statewide Louisiana is second only to New York in deaths per 100,000 people with 582 reported as of April 7.  Six parishes (counties) in the New Orleans area are in the top ten in deaths of all the counties in the nation: St. John the Baptist, Orleans, St. Charles, Jefferson, St. James and Plaquemines, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Race.  Louisiana is 32 percent African American.   Yet 70 percent of COVID 19 deaths in Louisiana are of African Americans.  “”These differences are produced by policy, not physiology,” Dillard Professor Amy Lesen told the Advocate. “They’re based on race and class bias in the health care system, access to health care and preventative care.”  Similar disproportionate impacts have been observed in Chicago and Milwaukee.  This shows the pandemic is following patterns of entrenched inequalities in economic and medical opportunities.

Nursing Homes.   There are 436 nursing homes in the state.  Fifteen days ago, there were 3 nursing homes with more than one person infected.  Inside those homes 363 patients have been identified as carrying COVID 19, one hundred more than last week.  More than 103 people have died in these homes and more than 70 homes have at least one person with the virus.  There are now 47 nursing homes with more than 1 person infected.

Prisons.  A federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, the first inmate died March 29, by now five inmates have died and 22 others tested positive for the virus.  

State prisons reported their first positive on March 28,  now 28 prisoners have been reported positive.   Additionally, 26 staff have tested positive.  All family visits have been cancelled for weeks as have pardon and parole hearings.  The New Orleans jail reports 15 inmates positive for the virus.

Immigrants.  ICE holds 8,000 immigrants in jail in Louisiana.  The first ICE case outside of Oakdale has been reported in Pine Prairie Louisiana.   Immigrant women in ICE jails in Louisiana protesting inadequate coronavirus protections were pepper sprayed.  The women were being held in a housing area with 80 other women where the bunks are less than a meter apart.  Women in other ICE jails made a video shared with The Intercept trying to alert the world to their plight.

Unemployment.  Louisiana usually gets about 1,500 applications for unemployment a week Two weeks ago they received over 70,000.   The max benefit for Louisiana workers is $247 a week, lowest in the nation.   No one in Louisiana has received a federal check for the additional $600 promised.  

4 thoughts on “Seven Disturbing Facts About COVID-19 in Louisiana”
  1. 1300 prisoners are affected by Corona Virus nationwide. African-Americans are the most affected by Corona Virus, nationwide. Massive testing must be done if we are to survive.

  2. Here are some disturbing facts about those who profess “Divine Faith”! ‘Sum ’em is wrong with ‘Dis ‘Pitcha! We just ‘Sayin…

    LBRC- Question- Why did the ‘Lil Moron take a ruler to bed with him (Keep Reading)? What does Freedom of Religion mean? Good, Bad, Ugly or indifferent- Freedom of Religion is about the “Law of Faith”, not the laws of men! Literate Founders comprehended and were “Students of History”! What has Covid- 19 revealed internationally (The Truth Revealed)? Ans. The most “Iconic” so- called (l)eaders of (f)aith, have absolutely none, De Facto! 

    1. Somewhere we read, “Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains”, a mere platitude? 

    2. Somewhere we read, “Woman, thou Faith has healed you”! A Roman Soldier said, is your “Word” as powerful as an order I issue to be obeyed/Paraphrased! Fictional? Don’t get it twisted, whether you are so- called religious or spiritual, a believer or not- “Constitutional Founders reserved Faith and Religious Beliefs, or the absence of it, as individually imposed mandates! Read their lips- “Congress shall make ‘No Law…”! What is the meaning of “No aka None”, where is the exception? Don’t ask Bill Clinton what is, is! 

    3. With respect to religion and miracles, let’s suppose those of past claiming miracles and cures, were barred by law from attending the service which “Healed” them? Non believers are given equal opportunity to attend or not, to avoid those who attend in mass or refuse to be in proximity of! The Bill of Rights says- Government has absolutely no role with respect to “Faith and Religion”! Reading your mind (Not Difficult), you’re thinking about Freedom of Speech and yelling fire in a crowed theatre, right? This act deserves “Prosecution”! Why? Ans. Unless mentally disabled, organically or otherwise, who sees a fire where there is none? Duh? Malicious Acts are just ‘Dat! Definition of Malicious? : having or showing a desire to cause harm to someone : given to, marked by, or arising from malice /end/

    4. There would be no so- called “Catholic Saints” without accounts of “Miracles” and “Faith, Duh…? Who models “Faith”? An isolated Pope at Vatican Square, St. Peter’s, conducting services before an “Empty Sea”? We just ‘askin…

    5, Like it or not- Good, Bad, Ugly or indifferent…- “Government can’t legislate or pass laws impacting Faith Services”, period end of sentence!!! Of course in the Age of Trump. NEOCON Senate plus Trials minus evidence and witnesses, yada…? America’s reputation as the least educated internationally is matched by its’ own lack of comprehension about what governs it, aka U.S. Constitution!!! The role of SCOTUS is to settle interpretation, but academically so! Uh oh…! Watching Roberts sit on his ‘Glute during impeachment while NEOCONS “Body Slammed Constututional Logic, Trials and Law” says- “Evil does prosper, when good or bad people do nothing”, especially sitting Front and Center “Presiding” before a “Constitutional Sham”, not even a “Facimile” of so- called Justice!!! 

    6. In China, Uyghurs are arrested for attending Mosque! The Politburo says, Mosque are unsanitary and unfit for human service! What’s different in America in 2020? Whose “Faith” is impacted? If you have none, not you!!! We didn’t forget, back to the ‘Lil Moron…

    7. Question- Why did The ‘Lil Moron take a ruler to bed with him/her? Ans. He wanted to find out how long he slept! America has become a place where most take rulers to bed in lieu of Alarm Clocks or associated technologies and btw- “A lack of personal self discipline or Faith in oneself to wake up and get up at an appointed time, necessitates this need! Believe it or not, our Faith gets us up each and every day! Peace Out… 

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