Food Banks Strain, Monroe Recovery, Schools Struggle to Serve, Healthcare Hero | 4/24/20 | 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. Know that the need is greater than our, capacity at, this point food banks battled to have enough to give its, a new normal but, it's, positive, when you have people working with your health when you battling. Tornadoes, in kovat 19 in Monroe, sometimes. The buses, ran, their routes and deliver them to the students into their homes with, schools closed teachers, are forced to improvise a, kids smash, the Superman, kids mess and like, a uniform kids, mess hey, Zachary, elementary school student using, this time at home to make life-saving. PPE. 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 an announcement, from Governor John bel Edwards today. At his latest briefing he's, announcing a half a million dollars will be added to the health, equity task, force for their research on how the corona virus affects various, groups this, comes because, of some very generous. Contributions. Made by. The Irene. W. And C B Pennington, Family Foundation, and opala Pennington, de. Libretto town is here with us today we. Also have. Bill. Bell hafiz chairman, of the, board the Baton Rouge area foundation, and we, want to thank him and the foundation, for their contribution. As well and then, David beech is, with us and he is the president and the human Angeline of Wilson. Foundation. And. I want to thank them for their very generous. Contributions. That will allow this task force to immediately start. Work and now we'll look at other news making, headlines. Masks. Will be recommended, to tire even, when stay at home orders and restrictions, on businesses, are relaxed. Governor. John bel Edwards says, think of wearing one in public as just, being polite to others and part, of the new normal the CDC. Says wearing a mask can, slow the overall, spread of kovat 19 and is meant to protect others, not, yourself a reworked. Plan to increase early and mail-in voting options, for the state's summer elections, cleared, a hurdle in, the legislature, this, after Secretary, of State Kyle our douaa dialed. Back the, engine of mail-in balloting, from his first proposal it. Initially, would have allowed anyone who, had a concern, of exposure to, the corona virus to, request an absentee by, mail ballot, the, allowance, now involves, a more specific list of people with certain medical, conditions, the. Governor plans to soon release details about, non-emergency. Surgeries, elective. Surgeries, and other procedures, were, largely put on hold as state, hospitals, ramped. Up their response to deal with the kovat 19 outbreak, those. Needing, hospitalization. And ventilators, has declined in recent days the state, has the third highest rate, of coronavirus. Cases, in the country the. National Science Foundation, has awarded a, $100,000. Grant to, an LSU sociology. Professor, Wesley. Shrum jr. will study the corona virus outbreak, and examined. The role of exposure, and fear, globally. The. Findings, will help policymakers, understand. The diversity of fears and other, factors, during a pandemic a new, study says oil pollution, has been detected in thousands, of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, including. Higher levels, in yellowfin. Tuna and, red drum the. Research was carried out between 2011. And 2018. And sampled. 91, species, in more than 350. Locations. The. Release of the report comes on the 10th anniversary of, the BP oil spill which. Was this week in, 2010. Millions. Of gallons of oil spewed, into the Gulf for 87.
Days Following, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, rig, the. Explosion, killed 11, workers the. US Supreme Court Monday struck, down state laws in Louisiana. And Oregon that, allowed people accused, of serious crimes to, be convicted by a non-unanimous. Jury vote. Justice. Neil Gorsuch, wrote for the court that, the divided, vote should be discarded. As a vestige. Of Jim Crow laws in our state where, racial bigotry was. A motivating, factor Sri. Ports independence, ball has a new title sponsor. Radiance. Technologies. Based, in Huntsville Alabama struck, a five-year, deal with the boll walk-ons. Had been title sponsor, the pass three years the. NFL draft was held Thursday night LSU jobber oh of course the, first pick overall taken, by the Cincinnati Bengals, he tweeted this morning enough, talk let's get, to work absolutely. The record smashing Heisman, winning quarterback, of the national champions, was one of an SEC record, 5 LSU. Tigers taken, in the first round. In. Louisiana, one in six households, struggle. To put food on the table that's, an impact on almost 700. 85,000, people and that's, in the best of times but. The fallout from the corona virus pandemic has, put pressure on even more households, and on, the state's five regional, food banks this, is where Second, Harvest Foodbank and Greater New Orleans is now operating. In the, parking, lot a zephyr field in Metairie as, thousands. In Louisiana, have lost their jobs in the grip of the corona virus Second. Harvest has seen the demand for food explode, feeding. Louisiana, supports, the state's five major food banks, I talked, with executive, director Corey Patti saying. Harvest, is our largest member. Food bank in the state certainly with the population. That they're, serving in New Orleans and, Lafayette Lake. Charles they've got the most. Populated. Areas, of the. State and and, they're seeing that need explode, I think a function, of that is the. Local economy, so looking, at all of the. Restaurants. And. Retail. And entertainment outlets, that. Are there the gig economy workers.
And, Such that have been displaced, and are out of work so, you're really seeing that need pop, up there they were managing. A distribution. Out, of their facility. There in New Orleans and, have had to move that to Zephyr field where, they're serving thousands. Of cars, on. A you, know per. Distribution. I think that the totals, that they're looking at in terms of pounds. Of food distributed, a. Hundred. Twenty six thousand. Plus pounds, of food distributed just, in one day to, 2000, some people that when they started that distribution, it was a thousand. Cars showing, up and that is doubled, so, you, know we're really seeing the need expand. Could, they run out of supplies, or. Is that a threat I think. It could be a threat sure I mean our our, folks I think across the board feel. Okay, today. About. Where they are in terms of inventory but. The caveat. There is we know that the need is greater than our. Capacity, at this point we, know that this event is going to stretch for some time so. We're we're looking at it and say okay we've got two to three weeks of food in our warehouses, across the state, with. More food coming in through the ordering, that we're doing through partnership, with Department, of Ag. If. Any, of those things fall. Apart or if any link, in that chain is, is. Damaged, or delayed then, there could be some pretty serious concerns, so some of the metrics that we're looking at you know the the states reporting, Louisiana, Workforce, Commission, is looking at the unemployment. Claims. That, are that are being submitted, and looking. At a hunt more than, 100,000. Unemployment. New unemployment. Claims that have been submitted for this previous, week more. Than 90, thousand, more than 70 thousand, for the previous, two weeks as compared. To their kind, of normal, place, at, somewhere. Around fifteen, to sixteen hundred submitted. In a week to. 2019, the, three, or four weeks in question, they, were seeing around 1,600. Applications. Submitted and now they're above, one hundred thousand, applications.
Submitted, Looking, at the significant. Number of snap, applications. That, have submitted that speaks truly to the, the, need that, exists, for food assistance one. Of the things that, we're. Watching pretty closely is, the timeline, from. Application. Date for a client, looking, for snap, assistance, to, receipt of card receipt, of benefits so that they can go and purchase, groceries from a grocery store. Recognizing. That in that window, before. They receive, the card before they receive those benefits they're. Going to be relying on the emergency, food. Network and relying on the state's food banks what, is the thing that keeps you up at night the thing that keeps me up at night is, those. Pictures from Zephyr field right and, seeing the growth in need. We've got like. We said great partnerships. With the National Guard and great local partnerships, on the ground but if we, shift, from. Folks. Who were concerned, and a, public concern about, spread. Of the virus to. Public. Concerns and, fear of food shortages, then you know it's a it's a very different situation for. Communities. And for society so. Recognizing. That we have to have, enough resources, the. Government has to be able to respond, with SNAP benefits in. A timely fashion so, that people can keep, food on their table and kind, of mitigate, this fear, that that, I know exists, out there right now kori. Patty thank you very much with that farm bureau louisiana this week announced the donation, of five hundred thousand, dollars to feeding louisiana, call, 2-1-1 to. Locate a food bank nearest, you. Longtime. Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo is leading the charge to pick up the pieces after tornadoes ripped, through the city's Airport and devastated. Several communities, he, says he's relying on his experience, and office as he juggles getting the city back in order in the midst of the corona virus, pandemic in, the, midst of battling a microscopic. Virus unlike anything we've ever seen before, Monroe, Louisiana was, struck on Easter Sunday with not one but three, tornadoes. They're, both emergencies. They're. Both similar, in that, in. A lot of cases a matter of life and death with. The tornadoes, we didn't have any. Fatalities, and, that was good we, only had three minor injuries. And you see some of the structures. That were, damaged, you would they there's no way that, anybody was able to get out of there the twisters packing winds over 140, miles an hour struck just before noon cutting, an 8 mile path through Washington, Parish in just, under 10 minutes when it was all said and done 450. Homes were damaged, 23. Destroyed, debris, littered the city and there was widespread power, outages, we've, been out there on the ground talking. To again the residents, helping to feed them trying, to get them move to. A hotel because we can't do the shelter, meal now because of the social distancing, and trying, to work on transitional. Housing further American, Red Cross has been great Homeland Security been, great working with City, West Monroe the city of. Sterlington. Richwood, and also, working, with our city council and so, the community has just been great so it makes my job as mayor not. As difficult when you have all those partners, working together and, while the mayor of nearly 20 years was literally picking up the pieces of his city he, was already busy helping residents navigate. The corona virus pandemic that closed schools businesses. And churches alike bringing, the economy of the northern Louisiana city to a screeching, halt we, all adjust, into a new normal because that's what's gonna be not only now but also for a number, of months and possibly, a year but a number of people are hurting and I, want to emphasize that they're hurting because of slowdown in the economy in this bailout talk about bringing, the economy back and open everything back. Up, businesses. Have. Had to be be, closed and they've been closed here no exception, people, have been laid off have, had their work I was reduced. The mayor says because of so many shuttered businesses and, activities, that have been postponed, or canceled altogether the, city is receiving, less revenue, and, sales.
Tax Revenue, is crucial, for our, annual operating budget. Within. Our local economy, and that includes in West, our parish Monroe West, Monroe sterlington, and rich. Wood and we've. Already announced, that, in fact we announced that early. In the week that we're going to have a deficit, for this recipe year which ends, April. 30th, and that's, going to be close. To a million dollars and so, we were projecting a six hundred thousand. Dollar surplus. But. Now is going to be a deficit because of the challenges, that we have the mayor says despite all the city is going through he expects Monroe to recover, and with continued, support from the state and federal government, they will bounce back our, city is resilient, and we're. Going to come back we. Know that, the. United States Conference. Of Mayors they're there advocating to, Congress, trying to get some some. Support, for. The cities where the revenue, will come directly into the cities we, appreciate, what we get from the state and federal government, we. Need those funds to come directly to us and our, leadership as part of years comes the mayors they're working hard to try to make this happen having, the experience, and having. Been, here for a while and and we, have a city. Employees department, heads who have an experience, and also division, here's where we've worked on a lot of this and so, we don't have to reinvent the wheel we. Would know a lot about the. Emergency. Operations we. Work along with the. Homeland. Security here, along, with West Monroe and some of the others we, have a tremendous. Communication, within the community get things out so we don't have to start from scratch, we're going to keep the faith in God we're going to keep moving forward, Mayor. Jamie Mayo is also in the middle of running for re-election all while handling all these moving parts he says he's committed to working day and night to get his city back, on track. With, schools closed students, will miss more than two months of classes because of the pandemic but educators, are improvising to, keep students, engaged lack. Of internet access or resources, forcing. Some areas to go old school in their approach I talked, with the executive, director of the Association, of superintendents. Michael, Fogg from his home in Monroe q, had school. System. Central. Office staff got, together then the principals got together and. Classroom. Teachers, and in. A quarter set of guidelines and, they, began formulating, plans, to. Deliver. Resources. To students, they. Looked at what they had available as. Far as technology was concerned, they, looked at if they did. Not have technology. Available or it, was limited, what. Were some options, that they had it, was a way to focus, on on. Education. Where. The students, were act to, provide them some resources, to. Allow them, to continue, to work and provide. Parents, something. That they could have either. Via. Technology. Or. Hard. Hard. Stuff that, they could work with their students. Because a lot of the parents were home also if. There were challenges with technology what. Were the things. That could be done for. Those students that didn't have the technology of others uh, what. Could be done is the teachers, and they did this they prepared, packets. Of. Educational. Resources, based on the grade level. Primarily. The core subjects, in English, math, science. And social studies, then. They developed, a mechanism to deliver those either. They. Mailed, of direct, to the students home. Sometimes. The buses, ran, their routes and delivered them to the students in their homes, they. Send out blast, emails, or phone calls to, parents let. Them know a time that they could come to the school to pick up the packets, for, their child and they do it as like, a drive through, what are some of the areas that. Had. Problems with technology, whether it be broadband, Wi-Fi. You. Had a lot of areas in Northeast, Louisiana because. Of the broadband, with the. Internet access, the Wi-Fi access, especially, in. Remote rural. Communities. Even. Some of the. Municipalities. Had issues with it too where the only Internet, access a Wi-Fi, access you. Might have had was, a local library a parish, library and. Even then they, had to close down their. Doors with, with the executive, orders some. Districts. Set. Up Wi-Fi spots. Either. In remote, locations or. They said and, their central, office at a, neighborhood school in the school had it to where parents could come in park, and access. The Wi-Fi and, then access, the, materials, and stuff teachers, are also using televideo, conferencing. So they can talk with students, this. Week Louisiana public square aired a special edition of its series pulse, of the pandemic, to give the status of the Cova 19 crisis, as it continues to affect residents of the state the, program featured the governor US Senator Bill Cassidy congressman.
Garret Graves and, other experts, discussing. Financial, assistance, economic, concerns and what reopening, louisiana may look like here's. A clip we're. Not going back to life as we knew it two, months ago that's, not going to happen this is going to be a gradual. Opening. Of the economy, and, it's going to be done so in a way that is smart and with a lot of testing, and contact. Tracing. Capacity. So, that if we see cases spike we know how to keep those cases, down, because we don't want to have to go back we, always want to be able to go forward with the reopening over time if we're, going up those individuals, families, and small businesses, do well on the back side of this then. We need to have cities. Help. Their first responders. Be, on the streets not, a city, on its back bankrupt, the, bill I propose bipartisan. With Senator Menendez from New Jersey would. Give, some cash to. These municipalities, and state governments to make up for that lost tax revenue to, preserve that capital. Is that the human capital infrastructure, for, those businesses, that have been closed what. Do they need in terms of support to, reopen what. Do they need to know do. They need to do temperature, checks for customers, coming in do they need to provide PPE, for workers coming back should, they be concerned, about customers. That are coming in that may for. One be concerned that do. The employees have everything, that they need before I come in to get service all of those are things that those industry, experts, will be able to provide us as. We. Look at opening, the state back up as, long as you use up to 75, percent or 75 percent or more of your, loan under the Paycheck protection. Program to, actually, pay your employees and you use the remaining 25 percent or less for, rent for mortgage interest or utilities, then your entire loan can be forgiven, and of course there are other products in addition to, the state products out there to, offer a lending hand, and, a little bit of capital access to businesses to help them get, through this crisis. In Louisiana unfortunately. For the governor the. Sector. Center that, are really enjoy enjoying, extra, sales because of people's hoarding is. Not subject to the sales tax your, grocery, stores your pharmaceuticals, are, not taxed, at the state level so that's that's, that's, a bit of a problem and in fact when. You're talking before we started filming with the governor he's. Got he's got he and the legislature, have a tough row to hoe going. Into this legislative, session I think you're gonna have to deal with a pretty. Significant, shortfall from. This fiscal year and there's a price that will stays low and. We're slow to come out of this he's going to have a really, humility, I have a really difficult problem in FY.
21. Pulse. Of a pandemic on course tonight at 11:00 and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. during the broadcast viewers, can participate in a live interactive, survey, by texting Kovan to two to five to, six three four eight eight four well. The state of the nation facing, uncertainties, about the economy, going forward and people worried about their own situation, a recent, survey showed a majority of people are. More worried about their money than, their health I talked, with Ernie burns about Andrews financial, advisor who gave us some basic tips we've, never seen this before you, know 35 percent drop in a talent month and a half but, overall don't panic the government is responding, much faster, than back in 2008, our banking. System is more responsible, now and is cleverly, Strummer, the, back in 2008, overall so. Because the federal government action, and a local governments reaction, this is not the time to panic whatsoever, yeah I know there's a lot of pessimism out there and, people want to believe to do Leland because, we've never seen this where people are panicking, the government's are panicking right now but, overall in itself this American, way the American way to stop is to achieve in. Capitalism. In a sense of basically building what you want for, your family for your business for yourselves, and, achieving, those goals people are going to do that. She's. The Zachary elementary, school student, of the year and she's not only excelling, at her school but also in her community, ten-year-old, Mackenzie Barrow saw, a need and with the help of her mom pulled, out her sewing machine and started making much-needed. PPE. McKenzie. It looks like you have like a little factory, behind you a mask factory, is that about right. Sorta. Kinda it. Didn't take very long in our conversation, to realize ten-year-old, McKenzie, Barrow a straight-a. Student, is not only bright but, thoughtful, too it, was like starting the spread a lot in Louisiana, and then, I noticed that a lot um it. Was having some sorta, jizz wear mask so I decided that I should start, making some, since I know how to do. Like. Some, wings up, I could. Make some for Christmas funders the, Zachary elementary student of the year is no stranger, to giving back to her community and, when she saw the news about Kovac 19 she hatched a plan with, a little help from her mom to give back again in, a potentially, life-saving way, we, already had like about, all the supplies that we need it we, just had to figure out like have to figure out a pattern they use once. We figured that out we, use my. Mom's and brought a machine to make the nets how, long does it take you to make a mask I'm. A little, bit over 15, minutes. You. Can make a mask every 15 minutes, two. Minutes every 15 minutes Wow. So. What. Have you learned since doing this I mean you've already obviously, known how to sew but, what.
Have You learned in doing this well. I, had to first learn how to make use. Them riding machine so my mom taught me and, then, also I learned how to. Do. Like cutting. Them out and, ironing. And all this, different stuff you have to do to like make the, mess but. The act of fourth grader who juggles church activities, soccer Orchestra. Spanish club and community theater just to name a few of her many activities is using, this downtime, of sorts to help at a time when help is very needed making, dozens of masks for Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. No. It's over a hundred you've. Over a hundred men asked its, men and are, you still making the mask yes. Ma'am okay. So what's. The fun part about this for you I mean it may seem like work but what's the really fun part for you the. Fun part is that, I get, to help. Out with the community then I also get to learn new stuff and I, get to spend time with my mom Mackenzie. Thank you so much and hey, thanks for being a great little citizen, and doing so much to help the community I can't, wait to tell your story, okay. Thank you. Now, the first batch of 50, masks that, Mackenzie, made were given to nurse doctors, and other medical workers, at Lane Medical Center in Zachary and as you can imagine they, went like hotcakes. She says of course there's lots of requests, for saint masks as well, as LSU, masks yeah McKenzie you're fantastic, she's, something else huh yes well that's our show for this week everyone remember, you can watch anything lpv, anytime with our app download. It for free from your app store this upgraded version features news public, affairs documentaries. Tattoos and many, more programs and please follow us on facebook twitter and instagram for. All of us here at Louisiana Public Broadcasting. I'm Andre Mora and I'm Natasha Williams thanks for watching, telling you next time stay safe and that's a statement. 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.