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LDH: While not ideal, short delay in getting second COVID vaccine dose is fine

BATON ROUGE — Residents who miss their second COVID vaccine dose appointments this week can safely delay the second dose days or weeks if need be.
The CDC has said it expects this week’s severe winter weather to cause widespread delays in vaccine shipments. Louisiana is one such state feeling the impact – both first and second vaccine deliveries to the state have been delayed. Unfortunately, that means vaccine appointments and events scheduled for this week will need to be adjusted based on delivery.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Severe Winter Weather

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards, in a Wednesday evening letter to President Joseph R. Biden, requested a Presidential emergency declaration as severe winter weather continues to impact the state, leaving three people dead and tens of thousands of people without electricity and water for several days, with more impacts likely over the next two days.

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City of Abbeville not under water boil advisory; officials ask that residents continue to conserve water

The City of Abbeville released a statement Thursday morning about the water system. The city is not under a water boil advisory.
Below is Thursday morning’s message:
With the help of citizens, the City TEAM has been busy identifying and repairing leaks as pipes begin to thaw. As of 7 AM this morning, February 18, City Water level is increasing.

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Louisiana Department of Health confirms two additional winter storm-related deaths

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health on Wednesday has confirmed two additional deaths tied to the February 2021 winter storm, bringing the statewide death toll to 3.
A 74-year-old Lafayette Parish woman was found to have died of exposure.
A 77-year-old Calcasieu Parish man died after he slipped and fell into a pool where he drowned.
These deaths have been confirmed by coroners to be storm-related.
Below are details on the 3 deaths LDH has confirmed to date:
50-year-old male, Lafayette Parish, slipped on ice and struck head on ground

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