Thousands use stimulus checks to buy cars during pandemic

Economists expect Louisianans to spend more on cars than in either of two prior years

Listeria concerns prompt squash recall across multiple states

  LDH calling upon retired medical personnel to volunteer to help state administer COVID-19 vaccine

New Orleans honors the lives of nearly 700 residents lost due to COVID-19

Favoritism some vaccine providers give to their customers must end, La. health officials warn

  Tuesday, January 19: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

LDH: 298 vaccine providers in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine

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More contagious strain of COVID-19 detected in Louisiana

  Monday, January 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Boil advisory lifted for Ascension parish

Sunday, January 17: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Ochsner says vaccine appointments postponed due to ‘limited supply’

Congressman Garret Graves’ father, John Graves, passes away from complications associated with COVID-19

Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge calls for recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols in churches and in parish offices throughout the Diocese.

Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge today called for a recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols practiced in churches and in parish offices throughout the diocese.

  Rural hospitals struggle to care for patients amid coronavirus surge

Hospitals in rural areas struggle to care for patients.

Friday, January 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Friday, January 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  Mayor Broome says EBR Parish will stay in modified Phase 2 for now, but COVID-19 situation must improve

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Thursday, Jan. 14 East Baton Rouge Parish will stay in its current modified version of Phase 2 of reopening the economy, for now, unless the parish’s COVID-19 situation does not improve.

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge

  Baton Rouge businesses working together to stay afloat amid pandemic

Thursday, January 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  High demand of COVID-19 vaccine causing some to look anywhere to get critical 2 doses

  Why La. is not implementing mass COVID-19 vaccinations yet

  Hospitals relying on travel nurses amid coronavirus surge

Wednesday, January 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Wednesday, January 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Another round of payroll loans targeted to help struggling businesses

For New Orleans’ struggling, treasured restaurants, on chef says the PPP money is not the answer, but it will help.

Mississippians 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Mississippi leaders are working to accelerate vaccine distributions in the coming days.

Loss of 228 total vaccine doses reported in Louisiana

State health officials in Louisiana reported a loss of 228 vaccines total.

  Baton Rouge area hospital capacity a concern as coronavirus cases rise

Overall capacities at hospitals are up, and it’s starting to put a strain on resources.

  Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in modified Phase 2 until Feb. 10

The governor is also expected to announce whether or not Louisiana will remain in its current "modified" Phase Two of reopening the economy, which is set to expire Wednesday, Jan. 13.

  Baker residents register for coronavirus vaccine in person

Baker residents were able to go in person to register for the vaccine, rather than attempt to do so online or contact individual pharmacies, which has been difficult for a large group of seniors.

  EBR Council on Aging partners with mayor, Albertson’s to administer coronavirus vaccine

They are giving out 965 doses in the next three days.

  LDEQ Secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Secretary Dr. Chuck Brown announced on Tuesday, Jan. 12 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

14 arrested as National Championship celebration draws massive crowd to The Strip

The crowd meant big business for bars in the area but it also causes concerns over coronavirus with positive cases rising in Alabama.

  St. Vincent de Paul accepting clients as temps drop, in need of donations

Another cold day in South Louisiana. For the homeless, this can be a challenging time. St. Vincent de Paul is a resource for the homeless community.

  Second staffer in Gov. Edwards’ office tests positive for COVID-19 in less than 2 weeks

A second staffer in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has tested positive for COVID-19 in less than two weeks, the governor’s office announced Monday, Jan. 11.

  LSU adding new safety measures for spring semester

The spring semester will look like the fall, though LSU is adding a few new safety measures to protect students, faculty, and staff.

Southern University students living on campus must test negative for coronavirus

The test must be a PCR type test, not a rapid antigen or antibody test.

  Baton Rouge hospitals work with small business in hopes of getting more people to donate blood during the pandemic

More than 2,000 Louisianans are in the hospital with COVID-19, and the disease is killing nearly 40 people every day, but the phones at the blood donation banks have stopped ringing.

  How COVID-19 may have changed the way you file your taxes

It’s that time of the year were W-2′s are starting to roll in and doing your taxes this year can often leave you scratching your head and this year it could be even more difficult.

  Could East Baton Rouge Parish return to phase 1?

There has been a lot of concern from those of you at home about what phase we could end up in next week.

  Universities finalize plans for spring semester amid coronavirus pandemic

While college students will spend this weekend preparing for the start of the spring semester, local universities are putting in extra measures to remind students to not only protect themselves and their classmates but also their community.

  Louisiana Veterans Association hopeful about coronavirus vaccine

The Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System in Louisiana expects to continue to receive more vaccination allotments from the federal government over the coming weeks.

  Rural parishes struggling to keep up with administering coronavirus vaccines

Rural parishes in Louisiana are struggling to keep up with the vaccine demands.

  State Sen. Regina Barrow helps eligible patients get COVID-19 vaccine one month after loosing husband to virus

State Sen. Regina Barrow helps eligible patients get COVID-19 vaccine one month after loosing husband to virus.

  SNAP benefits to increase for six months due to COVID-19, beginning Jan. 8

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits officials with the Department say you will see an increase in your SNAP benefits for the first six months of 2021.

Local clinic explains vaccination process

Medical leaders of CareSouth in Baton Rouge say their phones have been ringing nonstop.

  Baton Rouge residents frustrated with coronavirus vaccine appointment issues

They explained that the reason behind the small amount of vaccines in the first round was to make sure the first round was given without complications.

  Baton Rouge hospitals face nurse shortages as hospitalizations increase

As more beds keep filling up in the hospitals, more nurses will be stretched thin.

  La. breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations same day Gov. Edwards holds first news conference of 2021

Gov. Edwards is expected to address the state’s continued spike in COVID-19 cases, the alarming increase in hospitalizations, and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for Louisiana residents 70 and older.

  Baton Rouge residents express frustrations with COVID-19 vaccine

“Good gracious I had over 2,000 calls yesterday and over 1,500 calls today. So, I have lots of people I cannot help”, said John Dry a pharmacist with Dry’s Health Mart Pharmacy.

  As coronavirus cases surge, flu numbers lowest they’ve been in years during this point of season

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, there’s been a huge decline in flu cases.

  REPORT: Steve Carter, former Baton Rouge mayoral candidate, hospitalized with coronavirus

Former Baton Rouge Mayoral candidate Steve Carter is hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards

  Frustration grows over vaccine rollout, as many are hopeful their loved ones make pharmacy waiting list

The CDC is reporting that the state will get close to 56,000 doses of vaccines delivered by January 10.

  Employers no longer required to give employees paid sick leave for COVID-19

Many U.S. workers will now have to use vacation days to get paid if they are exposed to COVID-19 and cannot work.

  Emergency responders in EBR Parish get first round of vaccines

Emergency responders on the frontline in Baton Rouge have started getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Ochsner Baton Rouge workers get second dose of coronavirus vaccine

Medical workers at Ochsner Baton Rouge got their second coronavirus vaccine Tuesday.

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.

  Doctors help ease fears over COVID-19 vaccine side effects

If you are next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine or maybe have already received it; you might be asking yourself, are the side effects harmful? Or when should you contact a doctor?

LIST: La. pharmacies issuing COVID-19 vaccine to people 70 and older

107 pharmacies across the state will receive 100 doses each

  Many frustrated with how fast COVID-19 vaccine appointments fill up

Almost every pharmacy in the area that had it ran out of those doses or appointments to get a dose, within the first hour of opening.

Loss of coronavirus vaccine in La. low, health officials say

Officials could not immediately say whether the lost doses were Moderna’s vaccine or Pfizer’s.

  Residents of Baton Rouge nursing home eager to receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Residents at the Ollie Steele nursing home in Baton Rouge were eager to receive their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Jan. 4.

  Pandemic wiped out many recovery resources for addicts; overdoses nearly doubled in EBR Parish

Overdoses in Baton Rouge nearly doubled in 2020. Doctors say they believe it is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LWC actively distributing $300 federal pandemic unemployment compensation

All eligible individuals who are currently receiving unemployment benefits for weeks ending January 2, 2021, through March 13, 2021, are also eligible to receive the additional Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

Men’s NCAA March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

Championship weekend is still scheduled for April 3 and April 5. Preliminary round dates have not yet been determined.

  Staffer at Gov. Edwards’ office tests positive for COVID-19, 2 others quarantined

Officials with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Monday, Jan. 4 one of the governor’s staffers tested positive for COVID-19 over the New Year’s holiday.

Saints place RB Alvin Kamara on Reserve/COVID-19 list; all active RBs out due to close contact to Kamara

The New Orleans Saints have placed running back Alvin Kamara on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the team confirmed Friday, Jan. 1. He will miss Sunday’s game against the Panthers and the first playoff game is in question.

  Those who knew Congressman-elect Luke Letlow reflect on untimely passing

Many people across Louisiana and the U.S. are remembering late Congressman-elect Luke Letlow who died from complications to COVID-19.

  Reset on Capitol Hill: A look ahead at the 117th Congress

When the new Congress takes the oath of office on Sunday, everything resets. Old bills that never got a vote are tossed out, but the issues remain.

  Businesses get tax break on PPP loans, individuals still have to pay taxes on unemployment

More PPP funding is on the way and a fix that will help restaurants stay afloat.

  Man returns home after being hospitalized with coronavirus, looks ahead to 2021

The virus nearly killed Nolan Valenti twice. He spent months in the ICU on a ventilator but finally made it back home just a couple weeks ago.

  Baton Rouge gyms hope to draw in more customers in new year

Gyms took a huge hit during the pandemic, but some of them are using this new year to hopefully draw more customers in.

  Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after being hospitalized with coronavirus

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport with COVID-19

  Dad finally gets to embrace kids after being hospitalized for nearly three months with coronavirus

After five weeks in the ICU at Baton Rouge General literally fighting for his life, and another four weeks in rehab trying to regain his strength, Valenti finally got his first chance to see his children.

Southern’s SWAC opener against Prairie View postponed due to COVID-19 in Jag program

The Southern men’s basketball SWAC opener hosting Prairie View on Saturday, Jan. 2, has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols SWAC officials announced Thursday, Dec. 31.

  East Baton Rouge lost 543 people to the coronavirus in 2020

It’s been a year of tragedy for thousands of Louisianans this year with the coronavirus taking 7,400 lives.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards gives the newest update on vaccine rollout, moving into the next tier

As Louisiana enters the 3rd week of vaccination distribution, the governor is asking everyone to be as patient as possible.

  Gov. Edwards expresses optimism about COVID-19 vaccine distribution in final news conference of 2020

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed optimism about the state’s continued rollout of two federally approved COVID-19 vaccines in his last public address of 2020.

  SCAM ALERT: BBB warns of scammers trying to cash in on second round of stimulus checks

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that scammers are taking advantage of the news of Congress passing a COVID-19 relief bill that includes another round of stimulus checks for most Americans.

  New coronavirus strain reaches the U.S.

The new strain first detected in the United Kingdom, was found Tuesday in Denver, Colorado and then again today in southern California.

Southern-TSU games postponed due to COVID-19 within Tiger program

The Southern men’s and women’s basketball games against Texas Southern that were scheduled for Monday, Jan. 4 inside the F.G. Clark Activity Center have been postponed, SWAC officials have announced.