Topping case counts: More Louisianans have been vaccinated for COVID-19 than have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began 11 months ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “There’s a lot of different metrics to try to measure your progress, but that’s one I think is meaningful,” Edwards said. As of Feb. 9, 448,122 Louisianans have gotten at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while the state has reported 414,354 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Read the full story from Louisiana Illuminator.
New name: Aunt Jemima is now Pearl Milling Co. The PepsiCo Inc. unit that sells Aunt Jemima pancake products unveiled the new name Tuesday, officially retiring a brand that had come under criticism for its origins in racist imagery of Black people, The Wall Street Journal reports. PepsiCo was one of several brand owners that said they would rethink their products and marketing as the U.S. was confronting systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd, an African-American, in police custody last summer. Read the full story.
Inflation measure: U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in January, led by a surge in energy. But even though the gain was the biggest monthly increase since July, inflation gains over the past year have remained modest. The Labor Department reported this morning that the January rise in consumer prices followed 0.2% gains in both November and December and was the sharpest jump since prices rose 0.5% in July, a month when the country was reopening following the coronavirus lockdowns in the spring. Over the past year, inflation is up a modest 1.4%. Read the full report.