Vice President Mike Pence visits Baton Rouge to meet with state officials

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Baton Rouge Tuesday, July 14 to meet with Governor John Bel Edwards and his team, according to a news release from the White House.

AG Jeff Landry tests positive for COVID, does not meet with VP Pence

Louisiana frontline workers can apply for $250 rebate

Historic Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo postponed due to COVID-19

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

Drago’s in Metairie temporarily closes after employees test positive for coronavirus

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St. Tammany Parish Coroner urges caution when wearing masks in extreme heat

  All bars to close; mask mandate begins in La. Monday

  How the new statewide mask mandate is affecting the public

Local bar owners respond to tighter restrictions, curbside service

‘Frustrated isn’t the word’: Bar owners react to Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 related restrictions

New restrictions in place for Orleans Parish after surge in COVID-19 cases

  Former LSU student body president shares his story of beating coronavirus

LSU’s plan to reopen for the fall semester comes as there’s currently a rising number of COVID-19 cases among younger people.

  LSU releases plan to safely hold classes amid COVID-19 pandemic in Fall 2020

LSU has released its “Roadmap to Fall 2020″ plan, detailing how the university will safely hold classes on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  OMV on Independence Boulevard temporarily shuts down to possible COVID-19 exposure

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) location on Independence Boulevard in Baton Rouge has shut down to possible exposure of COVID-19 by an OMV employee, according to an official with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety.

  La. experiencing lengthy delays in getting COVID-19 test results back

Getting your test results from a state or federal testing site in Louisiana could take up to 14 days, according to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

New Tulane study sheds light on airborne coronavirus

  Rising temperatures mean you should take extra precautions to prevent heatstroke

  A local disease detective says COVID-19 may have impacted young people sooner than evidence shows

  Bait and tackle store struggling to keep up with demand as more people fishing during pandemic

  Owners of Juban’s Creole Restaurant & Caterer announce temporary shutdown

American Idol Laine Hardy says he has recovered from COVID-19

Upcoming face mask giveaways in Baton Rouge, surrounding areas

Here is a list of upcoming mask giveaways in the WAFB viewing area.

Monjuni’s of Portico not a part of face mask lawsuit; 4 other businesses involved

Congressman Mike Johnson went to Facebook to weigh in on Shreveport’s mask mandate that went in effect on Wednesday, July 8.

  New BR testing sites struggle to meet daily goals; weekend hours extended

The goal is to test up to 5,000 people each day across all sites.

  State officials say they are working to keep voting polls safe and clean ahead of primary elections

Going to the voting poll has been a concern for many as fears of spreading COVID-19 have some questioning if they will cast their votes in person this weekend.

Mississippi hospitals are filling up and doctors say they need the public’s help

State doctors say things are getting worse and the hospitals are running out of room.

  LSU plans to distribute one mask to every student, faculty and staff member in time for fall semester

LSU tweeted Thursday, July 9 that there’s a plan in the works to distribute one face mask to every student, as well as every faculty and staff member in time for the fall semester.

  BREC closing Independence Park Recreation Center after two summer camp kids test positive for COVID-19

BREC announced Thursday, July 9 that it will be closing Independence Park Recreation Center after two summer campers tested positive for COVID-19.

  North Baton Rouge medical complex to undergo revitalization

Mayor Broome plans to increase access to medical care in North Baton Rouge, create new jobs, and drive commerce at Howell Place.

  Event venues fear future after New Orleans gatherings capped at 25

The Cannery is set up for one of their few remaining events after changing city mandates constantly whittled down their guests’ events and their calendar. Owner, Jackie Hughes says they’re fortunate to be hosting this one.

Zurik: People tested at state coronavirus test sites wait more than two weeks for results

One couple tested in late June at a Northshore test site are still waiting on their results 16 days after being tested.

  Dry cleaners facing tough times as more people work from home.

The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on the dry cleaning industry, since many people have been working from home and don't need to use the service.

New Orleans restaurants adjusting to restrictions, others closing

New Orleans restaurant owners prepare for new restrictions while some say they have to shutdown others are working to adjust.

  Our Lady of the Lake in desperate need of plasma donations from COVID-19 survivors

Doctors at Our Lady of the Lake say supplies for lifesaving plasma are critically low and they are in desperate need of donations.

  LSU interim president ‘doing everything’ to avoid international students being deported under new ICE guidelines

New guidelines coming from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say that international students can be deported to their own countries if their courses move mostly to online classes.

LSU says enrollment numbers strong despite pandemic

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Louisiana, many schools are now worrying about their enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year.

  Will federal unemployment benefits be extended? Here’s what we know so far

Debates swirl in the nation's capital about possibly replacing the extra money for those filing for unemployment.

Louisiana governor, lawmakers oppose canceling school sports

Gov. John Bel Edwards and a majority of state House members oppose a state senator’s call for the cancellation of public school athletics this fall despite Louisiana’s surging coronavirus outbreak.

Rapper Dee-1 donates thousands of masks to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office for inmates

Dee-1 worked with Pastor Mike McBride, of Masks for the People, to donate the masks.

Some of Mississippi’s biggest hospitals are running out of beds, health experts warn

Mississippi’s top state health officials discussed the severity of COVID-19 in the state at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday morning.

  West Baton Rouge Schools releases phased plan for reopening in 2020-2021 school year

Officials with West Baton Rouge Schools have released their plans for the 2020-2021 school year as the pandemic continues.

  Gov. Edwards says La. has more COVID-19 cases than ever before; not considering a statewide mask mandate

The majority of new cases daily are being reported in young adults ages 18-29 and through community spread.

  Governor urging residents to take advantage of free COVID-19 testing

Governor John Bel Edwards is asking anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms in the Baton Rouge area, and across the state, to take advantage of free COVID-19 testing.

  Testing facilities seeing increases, capacity limits

While it’s an empty garage now, CrescentCare health center says that wasn’t the case earlier.

  Expert says Baton Rouge economy faces $50M loss if LSU football season is canceled or fans are excluded

Bars, restaurants, and hotels in Baton Rouge are staring down the barrel of another major financial hit if the LSU football season is canceled or played without fans.

  Increase in COVID-19 cases leads to more testing in Ascension, Livingston parishes

As cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Baton Rouge, neighboring parishes have expanded their testing sites as a part of the Geaux Get Tested initiative.

Timing may be critical to accurate COVID-19 test results

The virus operates according to its own clock when replicating in the body, says public health experts.

  How to be financially prepared if additional $600 in weekly unemployment expires July 31

That additional $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits is set to expire on Friday, July 31. So, come August and you’re still out of work, your income may reduce to the maximum weekly state benefit of $247.

East Feliciana Public Schools announces options for 2020-21 school year

East Feliciana Public Schools has adopted a plan for how education will look for the 2020-21 school year.

  Counselors at SU offering virtual sessions to identify stress, depression, anxiety triggers

For anyone that has never dealt with stress, depression or anxiety before, this pandemic or widespread national unrest could be a trigger.

  EBR and Livingston Parish school leaders discuss tentative plans for fall semester

It’s the hottest conversation out right now during this pandemic: What will school look like in the fall as students head back to class?

  La. affected by supply chain issues related to COVID testing; Congressional delegation works on solutions

As coronavirus cases soar in many states, testing is increasing.

  Livingston Parish Public Schools releases reopening plan for 2020-2021 school year

Livingston Parish Public Schools still plans to begin school on Aug. 7.

LC doctors warn COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled

Many people would like to think it's over, but according to local medical experts COVID-19 hospitalizations are double what they were in April, when many thought it was the height of the pandemic.

  Louisiana casinos lose big during COVID-19 restrictions, thousands of layoffs ensue

More than 4,000 casino employees across Louisiana are now officially out of work as executives look to stop the bleeding from Covid-19 restrictions.

  LSU professor looking to curb litter of PPE around Baton Rouge

During this time masks and other personal protective equipment are needed, however many have been littering personal protective equipment (PPE) around the world including Baton Rouge.

BESE reviewing letter from Sen. Cleo Fields calling for cancelation of K-12 athletic activities

Officials with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) say they are reviewing a letter from State Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) which called for all athletic activities to be canceled for K through 12 public schools through December due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Tulane students hosting large parties face expulsion, suspension

“You know I’m not happy, but it’s a smart idea,” said Tulane Senior, Henry Eckhouse.

  CATS requiring passengers to wear face masks

The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) will require all passengers and employees to wear face masks or coverings when onboard all CATS vehicles.

  New Orleans Health Director: Testing shortages part of equipment and chemical issues

The Director of the New Orleans Department of Health, Dr. Jennifer Avegno said a free testing site in the city ran out of tests within the first five minutes it was open on Monday.

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.

  Project LOVE initiative asks people to send letters to veterans during COVID-19

The state’s office of veteran affairs is launching Project LOVE, an initiative to show veterans love and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Dillard University COVID-19 testing site runs out of tests minutes after opening

For the second day, Dillard University’s coronavirus testing site ran out of tests within minutes of opening.

  Senator asks for ban on school sports through fall

A Louisiana state senator has called for all athletic activities to be cancelled for K through 12 public schools in Louisiana through December because of COVID-19.

  EBR School officials asking parents to fill out survey to help them determine best reopening plans

Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are asking parents to fill out an online survey to help them determine the best plan to reopen in August for the 2020-2021 school year.

Nearly 1,500 donate during LifeShare’s annual United We Give blood drive

This year’s United We Give blood drive, made possible by LifeShare Blood Center and Waitr, saw nearly 1,500 donors; that’s up 62% from 2019′s event, organizers say.

OMV closes 4 offices in La. due to traveling employee testing positive for COVID-19

Four Office of Motor Vehicle (OMV) locations in Louisiana have temporarily closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

10 free online fitness classes you can join at home

There are a number of gyms and fitness organizations that are offering FREE virtual workout classes that you can do right at home.

Teen suffers with persistent fever; potential viral illness

A mom explains how her daughter has been the healthiest of her three children, so she knew something was wrong when her daughter ran a fever over 100 degrees for eight straight days. Now she's seeking answers.

New Orleans sees most new COVID-19 cases since April 20

The Louisiana Department of Health announced 1,728 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The number in Orleans Parish passed 8,000 (8,031).

  ‘No mask, no service’ policy now in effect in Baton Rouge

Violation of the face mask mandate will result in a misdemeanor summons and a fine.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you’re celebrating Independence Day this weekend

Consider COVID health precautions while planning your backyard Fourth of July shindig.

  USS KIDD will not host Fourth of July celebrations due to COVID-19

The USS KIDD Veterans Museum announced Monday, June 8 that it will not coordinate or sponsor the July 4 festivities in downtown Baton Rouge this year.

  Leaders of Baker, Central, Zachary say no mask mandates being issued at this time; attorney weighs in

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome recently issued a face mask mandate that goes into effect Friday, July 3. However, this mandate does not apply to Baker, Central, or Zachary.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Doctors weigh in on antibody testing as results prove widely unreliable

There have been a lot of numbers thrown at folks since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but doctors say they’re paying attention to one set of numbers now more than ever as many places across the country move ahead with reopening.

  Here’s how to get your 2019 tax return ready for the July 15 deadline

Tax day looks a bit different this year. Historically, it’s fallen on April 15, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was pushed back to July 15.

  Ascension Parish School Board releases reopening plan for 2020-21 school year

Today (Thursday, July 2) Ascension Public Schools provided information to parents about school operations for the new school year through a dedicated section of its website.

  COVID-19 outbreak concerns Bayou parishes as holiday weekend approaches

Terrebonne and Lafourche parish presidents worry about the 4th of July weekend.

Ascension Parish officials strongly encouraging people to wear masks, but not issuing mandate at this time

Officials in Ascension Parish are strongly encouraging the people of the parish to wear face masks when out in public, but are not issuing a mandate at this time.