Some families going virtual for Thanksgiving this year

  As people travel home for Thanksgiving, experts warn a negative COVID-19 test doesn’t mean you are immediately in the clear

  LDH officials say virus spreading in many different ways, including at small family gatherings

‘URGENT’ - LHSAA issues new capacity, mask, social distancing mandates at high school games; warns of fines for non-compliance

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Shreveport decides against issuing parade permits

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  Tangipahoa deals with a 15 percent COVID-19 positivity rate

  New Orleans travelers take to skies despite COVID-19 warnings

  Gov. Edwards hopeful some in La. could receive dose of COVID-19 vaccine before end of the year

  Louisiana reverting to ‘modified’ Phase 2 restrictions, Gov. Edwards announces

  BRG nurse urges people to reconsider holiday plans after losing family members to COVID-19

  ‘COVID-19 is not going away’: Governor warns Mississippians ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

  Most Louisiana bars to be forced to close

Many bars across Louisiana will be forced to close effective tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25 until after Christmas.

  Students leaving college campuses ahead of Thanksgiving break won’t be returning until next semester due to COVID-19

College students across Louisiana are wrapping up their studies for the semester and getting ready for the Thanksgiving break.

  Thanksgiving Day travel reuniting family members for the first time since before pandemic

Many folks will be hitting the road to visit family this week for Thanksgiving, and a lot of people will also be flying. There has been some concern about how safe airports are during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Armstrong International seeing an increase in travel this holiday week

Millions of Americans are traveling this week despite warnings from the CDC to stay at home this Thanksgiving.

La. COVID-19 cases surge past national average; Jefferson Parish hit hard

  How college students can come home safely for Thanksgiving

  Some Baton Rouge area superintendents want to expand in-person learning as state sees its third wave of COVID-19

  Louisiana Spirit is here to help those affected by COVID-19

Krewe of Bacchus announces virtual 2021 Mardi Gras plans

COVID-19 Reality: A skeptic’s story

Coast Mardi Gras parade first to be canceled due to COVID risks

As concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, at least one Mardi Gras parade on the Coast has already been canceled due to the pandemic.

  Louisiana knows what percentage of COVID-19 vaccines to expect; has vaccination playbook

The Louisiana Department of Health urges the public to remain vigilant in wearing masks and social distancing despite the promising news about vaccines.

  Flu activity low in Louisiana during the ongoing pandemic

Doctors in Louisiana aren't seeing a lot of flu cases. They believe safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the reason why.

  Nursing homes adjust to holiday season amid coronavirus

Senior living communities like St. James Place are not on total lock down, but are asking their residents to stay put and limit visits due to the latest COVID-19 spike.

Thousands of patients’ information potentially accessed after cyber breach at LSU Health

LSU Health New Orleans Health Care Services Division said it became aware of a cyber intrusion into an employee’s electronic mailbox.

  Deadline to apply for rental assistance is Friday

Eligible tenants must meet income requirements and live within the city limits.

  DONATE HERE: OLOL Children’s Hospital Mediathon continues Friday.

Tune in during the event to hear stories of hope and healing from our patients and families.

  ‘Louisiana is in the third surge of this pandemic’: Gov. Edwards gives stern warning to residents one week before Thanksgiving holiday

Gov. John Bel Edwards gave a stern warning to Louisiana residents about the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the state and urged them to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 19.

  DOC scraps plans to allow family visitation at prisons due to rising COVID-19 cases

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC) is scrapping plans that had been in the works for about a month to allow family visits to prisons during the week of Thanksgiving due to rising COVID-19 cases across the state and in its prison system.

Mayor Cantrell says she is open to rescheduling Mardi Gras parades

Even though parades won’t be allowed to happen in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, some krewes brought up the possibility of rescheduling parades. Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she won’t rule out that possibility.

Endymion to cancel after mayor’s ‘premature’ carnival announcement

One of the largest krewes to roll in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season said it plans on cancelling its parade until spring when a vaccine might be available to parade goers.

White House report says Louisiana is in the red zone for COVID-19 cases; rapid testing gets more attention

Louisiana has seen an increase in new coronavirus cases and an increase in test positivity.

St. Jude scientists discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have identified a possible treatment for the coronavirus.

  2021 Spanish Town ball canceled due to ongoing pandemic; decision on parade still up in the air

The popular ball for the Spanish Town parade in downtown Baton Rouge has been canceled, according to the president of the krewe.

  Mayoral runoff debate canceled due to candidate quarantining

The East Baton Rouge Parish mayoral runoff debate between incumbent, Sharon Weston Broome, and challenger, Steve Carter, has been canceled due to COVID-19.

  Baton Rouge area schools taking extra precautions with rise in COVID-19 cases

Officials with the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force say schools need to take extra precautions, especially if they are in areas with high COVID-19 positivity rates.

  HEALTHLINE: 8-year-old shares cancer fight at OLOL Children’s Hospital

In the spring, when Louisiana was preparing to fight COVID-19, Hayden White, 8, was preparing for the fight of his life.

Wisconsin family asks for Christmas cards to support little girl diagnosed with cancer

Her name is Virginia Ecker and her family said she was an average toddler before her leukemia diagnosis.

Bars in West Baton Rouge Parish forced to close on-premise consumption due to rise in COVID-19 positivity rate

Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish Government say all bars in the parish must close on-premise consumption due to a rise in COVID-19 positivity rates in the parish.

Carnival cruises leaving from New Orleans canceled through Feb. of 2021

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all cruises from the Port of New Orleans through the end of February 2021

  With no Carnival parades rolling in 2021, businesses prepare for impacts

What does New Orleans look like without Mardi Gras parades?

  ‘It was intense,’: Former contact tracer and ice sculptor recounts experience responding to COVID-19 pandemic

In the fight against Covid 19, first responders like doctors, nurses, and EMT workers come first to mind. Contact tracers though are just as much first responders.

  With parades halted in New Orleans, what will Mardi Gras 2021 look like in Baton Rouge?

With Mardi Gras in New Orleans shaping up to be vastly different than ever before, many are asking what the celebration will look like in Baton Rouge.

Fair Grounds to open new season on Thanksgiving Day without spectators

The Fair Grounds and Race Course has announced that the 2020-2021 race season will open on Thanksgiving Day without spectators.

  Our Lady of the Lake launches ‘imagination wagon’ for young patients

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital designs a new wagon called “imagination wagon” with attachable IV poles, so children can get around the hospital easier and in a more fun way.

LDH to offer flu shots at EBR Health Unit Nov. 19

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health are holding flu vaccination clinics across the state and will hold one in Baton Rouge Thursday, Nov. 19.

  Our Lady of the Lake limiting visitors due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Officials with Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) say they will be limiting visitors due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the state and the U.S.

  EBR Council on Aging temporarily closing due to COVID-19 outbreak among staff; all Thanksgiving events canceled

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging says it’s temporarily closing due to COVID-19 cases among its staff.

  Woman participating in Tulane COVID-19 vaccine trial shares her experiences

There’s some good news in terms of the race for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Three months until Fat Tuesday; deadline looms for krewes to submit plans

Carnival historian Arthur Hardy says more than a dozen captains claim that social distance requirements on floats were deal breakers

  Newest health facility in north Baton Rouge aims to serve at least 10k patients per year

The newest healthcare clinic in north Baton Rouge is one of 15 facilities being built by Ochsner and the Brees Dream Foundation to help under-served groups of people in the area.

  Health officials urge social distancing through holidays as hospitals near capacity again

Officials say the recent spike in cases and patients may be attributed to Halloween festivities and “COVID fatigue.”

Park Elementary transitioning to all-virtual learning due to COVID-19 outbreak

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools (EBRPPS) has announced it has closed Park Elementary School in Baton Rouge due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

  Bars in Ascension Parish forced to close due to high COVID-19 rates; owners feel targeted

Bars in Ascension Parish were forced to close Friday, Nov. 13 by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) after the parish reported COVID-19 positivity rates higher than 10% for two consecutive weeks.

  Judge denies filing requesting Gov. Edwards to follow House petition blocking COVID-19 executive orders

Lawyers from the attorney general's office are in court for Republican lawmakers, who want COVID-19 restrictions put on pause.

  Gov. Edwards says rise in COVID-19 cases across La. is alarming considering flu season, upcoming holidays

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he is concerned about the dramatic rise in Louisiana’s COVID-19 cases as residents are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday and the state only being a month into flu season.

Mayor Broome announces 2021 community health needs assessment

A CHNA is a strategic plan evaluating the health of a community and a requirement of tax-exempt hospitals.

Reeves: Mississippi ‘not going to participate’ in nationwide lockdown

Tate Reeves to give press conference.

  Bars in Ascension Parish must close again after high positivity rate for two straight weeks

Due to a rising positivity rate, Ascension Parish is no longer eligible to opt in to Phase 3 guidelines for bars, meaning bars in the parish must close again.

  EBR mayor-president says parish is moving in the wrong direction in terms of COVID-19 pandemic

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says as of Thursday, Nov. 12, the parish is moving in the wrong direction as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Health experts recommend some Thanksgiving holiday changes due to COVID-19

As people begin to prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, local grocery stores are stocking up to make sure they are ready for anything even with Turkey Day looking a little different this year thanks to COVID-19.

Live performers still struggling despite eased COVID-19 restrictions in New Orleans

The City of New Orleans launches a new live entertainment permitting process as New Orleans moves into Phase 3.3 of reopening the economy.

  Health officials concerned about rising COVID-19 cases among young people

Healthcare professionals fear case numbers will be even higher after the holidays.

FDA approves app meant to reduce nightmares associated with PTSD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription-only app meant to help treat PTSD patients.

  TODAY: City of New Orleans to enter Phase 3.3 of coronavirus recovery

Bars will now be able to operate at 25 percent indoor capacity

  Air traffic uptick at Armstrong as airlines step up Covid-19 precautions

Airport officials say passenger counts are picking up at Armstrong International as they get ready for a busier holiday season.

  Zachary High students to learn virtually after COVID-19 cases at school

Officials with the Zachary Community School District announced Tuesday, Nov. 10 that out of an abundance of caution, students at Zachary High School will be learning virtually Wednesday, Nov. 11 through Friday, Nov. 20.

  Match-up between LSU, Alabama postponed after COVID-19 outbreak among LSU players

The LSU vs. No. 1 Alabama football game scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 in Tiger Stadium will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

  ‘Obamacare’ likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

The Supreme Court seemed likely Tuesday to leave in place the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, including key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans.

  WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE: 10-month-old boy relies on regular blood transfusions to live

Henry is just like any normal 10-month-old boy. He loves to play and goof off, but Henry has a serious condition.

LDH says it will not report statewide COVID-19 numbers on holidays for remainder of year

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) announced Tuesday, Nov. 10 that it will not report statewide COVID-19 data on holidays through the end of the year, beginning with Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Governor Reeves' youngest daughter tests positive for coronavirus

The governor said that the entire family is getting tested and will be in isolation for the time being.

  Interviews postponed after several LSU players test positive for COVID-19

Several players on the LSU football team, including starters, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are currently quarantining after potentially being exposed to someone with COVID-19, head coach Ed Orgeron announced during a news conference Monday, Nov. 9.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Dip in reporting amid pandemic suspected as number of reported child abuse cases drops

Eight months into the pandemic, the levels of reported child abuse and neglect in Louisiana are down. Back in March, there was a nearly 50% drop in reports.

  Study: 1 in 5 parents ‘vaccine hesitant’

According to a recent study, one in five U.S. parents are "vaccine hesitant,” and their children are less likely to be vaccinated against the flu.

  When should you donate blood? NOW

If you are in good health, you can donate blood. So what are you waiting for?

  ER opens at Baton Rouge General community hospital in Prairieville

Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) new hospital and emergency room will soon be open in Ascension Parish.

COVID-19 deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish

WAFB 9News is constantly monitoring and updating the number of COVID-19 cases in the Baton Rouge area and Louisiana.