Community Concerns 4-19-20

On this past week’s Community Concerns, Brian discussed topics related to the Coronavirus Outbreak.

First up, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Susan Russell from Keep Louisiana Beautiful discuss the 21 ways to keep Louisiana beautiful.  Susan breaks down different ways that you can clean up Louisiana by picking up trash, or simply adding to our beautiful landscape.  Susan says that whether it’s planting a tree. starting a garden, or picking up litter, keeping the state clean is important for tourism.  Then, Nungesser talks about partnering with Susan to make sure the state stays clean, and he discusses the possibility of the state re-opening.

Next, Brian was joined by Dr. Mary Raven, a physician at Our Lady of the Lake, to talk about health care planning.  Dr. Raven says that it is important for each person over the age of 18 to have an advanced directive in case of an unexpected death.  Dr. Raven explains how to set up an advanced directive and the importance of getting someone you trust to be your power of attorney when it comes to making any health decisions for you when it’s a matter of life and death. 

Then, Holly Sheets from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Sergeant Don Coppola with BRPD stopped by for this week’s Crimestoppers segment to discuss home gun safety.  With the stay-at-home orders in place, it is important for children to be educated on gun safety when it comes to guns at home.  Holly says that if a child sees a gun in their home, they might not be able to tell whether it is real or fake or how to handle it responsibly.  Then, officer Coppola break down how and where to safely store guns and how certain safety locks can be placed on guns to protect your child. 

Finally, Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Robert Wilkie joined the show to talk about veteran’s and how at risk they are for contracting the Coronavirus.  When determining if veteran’s are more at risk, Wilkie says that it mainly depends on age.  He talks about the number of Coronavirus related deaths in veteran’s and says that almost half of the veteran’s that have died have been over the age of 80.  Then, he explains that the location of the veteran’s is a big factor in contracting the virus, with a large number living in Orleans and the surrounding parishes.  He also discusses treatments and funding for veteran’s and how much it has improved, along with low unemployment rates.