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COVID-19 Update (May 29, 2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-05-29

Duration: 00:26:32

Subjects: Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2020 | Louisiana. Department of Children & Family Services | Hospitality industry | Nonprofit organizations | Together Louisiana


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Walters, Marketa Interviewee
  • Blackwell, Ben Interviewee
  • Michelet, Scott Interviewee
  • Jillson, Rachel Interviewee
  • LaFont, Dustin Interviewee
  • Bauman, Katie Speaker
  • Connaro, Maggie Speaker
  • Jackson, Theron Speaker
  • Cantrell, LaToya Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from May 29, 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, Moreau interviews Secretary Marketa Walters of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), who discusses the role of DCFS and their concerns about child safety during the pandemic. Moreau then reports on the state of the hotel industry during the COVID-19 shutdown. He interviews Ben Blackwell, president of the Louisiana Hotel and Lodging Association, and Scott Michelet, president of the Baton Rouge Lodging Association. Williams then interviews Rachel Jillson, who discusses her decision to run 26 marathons in 26 days to raise money for Front Yard Bikes in Baton Rouge. Next, Williams interviews Dustin LaFont, the founder of Front Yard Bikes, who discusses the role of his nonprofit organization in helping kids to learn about bike mechanics and welding and how they have helped their participants during the pandemic. Lastly, Moreau reports on a virtual meeting and dialogue sponsored by Together Louisiana called Reimagine Louisiana. It includes comments by: Rabbi Katie Bauman of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans; Maggie Connaro of SERVE Louisiana; Pastor Theron Jackson of Morning Star Baptist Church; Governor John Bel Edwards; and New Orleans LaToya Cantrell.