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COVID-19: Louisiana's Response (2020)



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-03-23

Duration: 00:57:09

Subjects: Mental Health | Religion | Filmed panel discussions | Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses | Economy | UNEMPLOYMENT | Education


  • Roberts, Sally-Ann Host
  • Melton, Christina Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Edwards, John Bel Guest
  • Billioux, Alex Guest
  • O'Neal, Catherine Guest
  • Robinson, Kimberly Guest
  • Dejoie, Ava Guest
  • Walters, Marketa Guest
  • Reed, Kim Hunter Guest
  • Scioneaux, Beth Guest
  • Melton, Christina Guest
  • Hussey, Jim Guest
  • Tolbert, Samuel Guest
  • Duca, Michael Guest


Sally-Ann Roberts hosts a live statewide broadcast with Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials on March 23, 2020, from the LPB Studios in Baton Rouge on Louisiana’s response to the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic. The first segment features Governor Edwards, Dr. Alex Billioux, the assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health at the Louisiana Department of Health, and Dr. Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. They discuss the importance of flattening the curve, the status of testing, and the current treatment options for COVID-19. The second segment features Governor Edwards, Secretary Ava Dejoie of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Secretary Marketa Walters of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, and Secretary Kimberly Robinson of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. They discuss the impact of the pandemic on businesses and workers, as well as the benefits available to workers who have lost their jobs, including unemployment and SNAP benefits. The third segment features Governor Edwards, Acting Superintendent of Education Beth Scioneaux, Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed, and Christina Melton, the deputy director of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. They discuss the impact of the closure of K-12 schools and colleges and universities, as well as the resources available to teachers, students, and parents for distance learning. The fourth and final segment features Governor Edwards, Dr. Jim Hussey, the medical director for the Office of Behavioral Health, Dr.Samuel Tolbert of the National Baptist Convention of America International, and Bishop Michael Duca of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. They discuss the importance of maintaining emotional and mental health during a time of great uncertainty, as well as the efforts of the faith community to keep their congregations connected.