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COVID-19 Concerns (March 6, 2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-03-06

Duration: 00:14:12

Subjects: Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Williams, Natasha Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Laperouse, Cheryl Interviewee
  • O'Neal, Catherine Interviewee
  • Spiers, Cheryl Interviewee
  • Lucas, Mark Interviewee
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Bankston, Susan Speaker


This segment from the March 6, 2020, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Natasha Williams’ report on the growing concerns about COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. She interviews Dr. Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, who discusses: personal hygiene tips for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses; concerns about the community spread of COVID-19 in the United States; and the available testing for the virus. Williams also interviews residents about their concerns about COVID-19, including Cheryl Laperouse, Mark Lucas, and Cheryl Spiers. Andre Moreau and Williams then present highlights of Governor John Bel Edwards discussing the state’s response to COVID-19 at the Baton Rouge Press Club, including the formation of a coronavirus task force. Lastly, Moreau and Williams present highlights of Dr. Susan Bankston, a pediatrician at the Baton Rouge Clinic, speaking to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club about the latest facts on COVID-19.