How Uber, Lyft drivers are keeping passengers safe during the pandemic

This weekend, if you’re headed out and about, you may be thinking of using an Uber of Lyft, that is if you can find one.

  Baton Rouge General says thank you, sends off 100+ medical sailors with second line parade

  Walker Police holding fundraiser for officer

Baton Rouge mayor to join in day of fasting, mourning to mark 100k COVID-19 deaths in US

Natchitoches Alligator Park closing permanently; owner selling park and animals

  Baton Rouge staffing agency hosts drive-thru job fair May 29

LifeShare Blood Center now offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to blood donors

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Louisiana woman survives cancer, coronavirus

LDH partners with 11 companies to expand COVID-19 testing statewide

  Going back to work may be tough on your four-legged friends

  BREC announces registration for online and in-person summer camps

FOOD: Where to get free meals for kids amid coronavirus pandemic

East Baton Rouge Parish Library announces plans for Phase 2 of reopening

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Press conferences, stats, links related to COVID-19

This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases, deaths in Baton Rouge area

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

  BRCC celebrate graduates with special drive-thru ceremony

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is celebrating its graduates with a special drive-thru diploma pickup and virtual commencement ceremony.

  OLOL resumes visitation, but with limitations

Our Lady of the Lake announced Thursday, May 28 that it will begin allowing visitors for some patients to serve as an essential advocate starting Friday.

  Children’s health specialist discusses rare condition in children linked to COVID-19

  Associated Builders and Contractors puts on free meal for Baton Rouge healthcare workers

  As food insecurity grows in Baton Rouge, efforts to provide food are stretched thin

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

  Gov. Edwards: 13 cases of MIS-C, 1 death in La.

  Don’t get duped: How to avoid counterfeit beauty products

Superdome provides glimpse of what football season could look like during COVID-19

New Orleans Saints games may have a different feel this season. Social distancing guidelines put a big cap on the number of fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome if they are let in at all. The Superdome's management just wrapped up a meeting.

  EBRCOA hosting drive-thru food pantry event for seniors

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is hosting another drive-thru Lotus Food Pantry event for seniors.

COURTS: List of La. courts reopening in Phase 1

List of courts reopening in the WAFB viewing area.

  Produce giveaway happening in Donaldsonville Thursday, May 28

Several organizations will be hosting a drive-thru produce box giveaway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Lemann Center.

Local toy company launches a ‘Hometown Heroes’ paper playset

To honor the work of frontline workers during COVID-19, Tatro: Hand-Built Magnetic Toys, a local toy company launches a ‘Hometown Heroes’ paper playset.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Governor responds to pictures showing lack of social distancing over Memorial Day weekend

All the good news comes on the heels of plenty of pictures shared with the 9News Investigators showing folks jammed into stores and bars over the Memorial Day weekend.

  La. AG says nursing home residents entitled to their stimulus checks

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says nursing home residents are entitled to keep their stimulus checks. He’s issuing a warning to anyone trying to defraud these vulnerable people.

  COVID-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter

The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter.

  CDC warns about false positive from coronavirus antibody test

There is a growing concern about just how accurate coronavirus antibody tests really are.

  LSU Health releases findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on local patients; small vessels in lungs found to have blood clots

The majority of the autopsies reported on in the study were on African American COVID-19 victims.

  Satterfield’s Restaurant on False River permanently closing due to coronavirus uncertainty

Owners of Satterfield’s Upper Deck Restaurant, an iconic eatery on False River in New Roads, say they are closing the business due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Every child care provider in La. to receive free supplies to ensure safe reopening

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced all 1,649 child care providers in Louisiana will soon receive supplies to help them ensure the health and safety of staff and children as the state navigates reopening following the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

  What’s really in a bottle of sunblock anyway?

Many of us apply the lotion without thinking too much about it, but experts say we might want to pay closer attention to the ingredients list.

Ochsner employees to be treated to second free concert

Employees at Ochsner in Baton Rouge will be treated to their second free concert.

TESTING CENTERS: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in the Baton Rouge area

Several COVID-19 testing centers have opened in the Baton Rouge area.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Health experts concerned over lack of social distancing in spots over Memorial Day weekend

Experts are concerned after pictures have surfaced online showing several large gatherings in the capital area that show folks partying and crowding businesses with what appears to be a lack of social distancing and few face masks.

Possible game changer: LSU Health Shreveport trailblazing research into using nitric oxide as a COVID-19 treatment

Clinical trials now have been expanded to include those who are not critically ill

  OLOL specialist talks treatments for COVID-19, possible vaccine

New updates regarding treatments and a possible vaccine for COVID-19 are changing everyday.

  Small business owners frustrated over loan forgiveness requirements

After a frustrating application process, some small business owners were caught off guard by the latest requirements for PPP loan forgiveness.

  Health experts believe anxiety and depression will become a national crisis following pandemic

As a mom of three young kids and a counselor at a school, Stephanie Strain knows life during the pandemic can be stressful.

  Livingston Parish announces Class of 2020 graduation dates

Livingston Parish Superintendent Joe Murphy announced Thursday, May 21 that school leaders have confirmed dates and times for all nine of the parish’s high school graduation ceremonies.

  Blood Center in need of donations as donors stay home during COVID-19 pandemic

The need for blood has grown tremendously over the last couple of months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  How exposed to COVID-19 are you at your job?

Many of you return to the office over these next few weeks. So, it’s important you follow the recommended guidelines to keep you and your coworkers safe.

  Baton Rouge City Court reducing certain traffic tickets due to threat of COVID-19

Officials with Baton Rouge City Court say due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 they are reducing all traffic violations that do not involve an accident will be reduced and amended to a non-moving violation.

  What will the fall semester look like on LSU’s campus?

Over the next 30 days, expect to hear some decisions from LSU officials regarding the fall. Until then, it’s mostly speculation.

Ebb & Flow Festival is going virtual

The week-long festival will begin June 27 and run through Saturday, July 4.

Join Gov. Edwards on Zoom, Facebook to ‘Reimagine Louisiana’ after pandemic

Gov. Edwards will be among thousands of leaders across the state taking part in a Zoom call and Facebook live stream to "re-imagine Louisiana" as the state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LDWF patrols for safety and social distancing compliance during Memorial Day weekend

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries patrolled the state's waterways Memorial Day weekend to ensure boaters were practicing safety and social distancing.

  Memorial Day Weekend 2020 deals and savings

This Memorial Day weekend will probably be very different compared to previous ones. But there is one thing that surely stays the same: Memorial Day weekend deals!

  RV sales jump 170% during coronavirus pandemic, says association

The RV Industry Association attribute the growth to Americans wanting to control their surroundings.

Health experts give safety tips for enjoying Memorial Day activities

Infectious disease experts gave a scale of which events would be the riskiest to attend on Memorial Day.

  Doctors encourage safety over Memorial Day weekend

One place you don’t want to end up on a long weekend, like for the Memorial Day holiday, is the emergency room.

  Organized youth sports resume play in Baton Rouge

Organized youth sports resume in earnest Memorial Day weekend, as nearly 100 teams travel to Baton Rouge to play in the Governor’s Games baseball tournament.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Many await refunds for months as cruise lines say they're backed up from a high volume of requests.

  Class of 2020: Born amid terrorist attack, flooded freshman year, and coronavirus robs them of final senior moments

They’re the moments just about every high school senior looks forward to, the last few months, but the Class of 2020 was pretty much robbed, and the graduating class of Denham Springs High School may have had it even harder.

Mayor Broome partners with Dollar General to increase food access

To help expand access to affordable and nutritious foods for communities Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a partnership with Dollar General.

  Baton Rouge first responders given socks by Feetures Socks, Soles4Souls

First responders in Baton Rouge got a little special something Friday afternoon to thank them for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mother holds newborn for first time after spending 72 days hospitalized with Covid-19

Trichelle McDaniel came to Touro's Emergency Room on March 11th with flu-like symptoms. She was 35 weeks pregnant. It was soon discovered she was positive for Covid-19. She went into preterm labor and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

La. to receive nearly $100M for skilled nursing facilities to help combat COVID-19

Louisiana is set to receive $98,475,000 for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the state to help combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

New crisis counseling text line now available in La.

A new crisis counseling text line is now available to provide free, confidential, 24/7 support for people.

Gov. says April unemployment rate for La. slightly lower than national average, but still more than double usual

On Friday, May 22, Governor John Bel Edwards released some information in regards to April’s unemployment figures for the state.

  SU hosting mask giveaway, drive-thru food distribution event Friday

Southern University is hosting a mask giveaway and drive-thru food distribution event Friday, May 22.

  LSU students will return to campus come fall, but there will be changes

LSU Interim President Tom Galligan says students will take classes on campus in the fall, but there will be some changes.

  Baseball, softball parks reopen for practices in Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment says all of the parish’s baseball and softball parks are now open for practice sessions only beginning Thursday, May 21.

  Opening day for Mississippi casinos; here’s a look inside

Steady crowds showed up on the Gulf Coast today, as the state of Mississippi gave the green light to open a dozen casinoes after COVID-19 shut them down nine weeks ago.

  LDH says contact tracers might call; answer to help stop the spread

There’s a chance you will get a call from one of those contact tracers the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) hired to help track the spread of COVID-19. This unfamiliar number, 877-766-2130, might pop up on your caller ID.

  Despite any certainty about fans in stadiums, more than a hundred people sign up for Vegas trip to see Saints play

Juliet Pappalardo, though, hasn’t traveled in months, and even with so much uncertainty about the future of travel, she signed up for a trip to see the Saints play in Las Vegas.

  As Louisiana sees spikes in COVID cases, no evidence of second wave yet

A day shy of Governor John Bel Edwards’ Phase 1 reopening of the state’s economy, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported several spikes in coronavirus cases.

  BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo reopens to the public

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has announced plans for the reopening process.

  Lockdown exhaustion got you beat? Try these tips from local psychologists to boost your mood

If you’ve been feeling more exhausted by the end of your day recently, psychologists say you can partially blame it on the two-month lockdown.

Vitalant launches new campaign to encourage blood donation during pandemic

The country’s largest non-profit independent blood collector, Vitalant, says there is a critical blood shortage since supplies have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Domino’s looking to hire 150 team members across Baton Rouge

Domino’s franchise-owned locations across more than 20 stores in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas are looking to hire 150 new team members. Positions include delivery drivers, customer service representatives, and assistant managers.

Southern University engineering staff and students producing 3D masks

Staff and students of the Southern University College of Sciences and Engineering are doing there part in helping combat the COVID-19 pandemic by running a lab full of 3-D printers to manufacture parts for reusable masks to be used by healthcare professionals.

  West Monroe student defies odds, defeats 4 different types of cancer to graduate high school

A West Monroe High School senior’s journey to graduate this spring is unlike anything you’ve probably ever come across.

  Rare illness in children linked to COVID-19

A rare COVID-related illness has been found in children across the country.

  Food distribution for West Baton Rouge Parish residents scheduled for May 21

Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish government say they are partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to distribute food to parish residents Thursday, May 21.

  City roads gets smooth upgrade during quarantine period

Much of Baton Rouge returned to work on Friday, May 15, and when they did, they may have noticed a few differences during their daily commute.

  La. Farm Bureau president released from hospital after 64 days battling COVID-19

The longtime president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation just spent his 72nd birthday hooked up to a ventilator at Baton Rouge General. He has now been hospitalized for 57 days.