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.

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

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

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

  LifeShare Blood Center hosting annual ‘United We Give’ donation event through July 4

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

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

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

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

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

  COVID-19 outbreak concerns Bayou parishes as holiday weekend approaches

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

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

  ‘We can’t afford to go back': Mayor Broome discusses mask mandate with business leaders

Business leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish got to ask questions about the new mask mandate imposed by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome during a webinar hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

Woman’s Hospital provides updated COVID-19 safety guidelines for pregnant women

Woman’s Hospital has released updated safety guidelines for pregnant women after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that pregnant women may be at a greater risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms than women who are not pregnant.

SU working with Ochsner to ensure safe return to campus for students, employees

The Southern University System says it’s working with Ochsner using the hospital system’s Safe to Return Employer Solutions guidelines to ensure a healthy and safe phased returns for its students and employees.

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

With schools, businesses, and restaurants shutting down or modifying their hours as COVID-19 spreads, here’s a list of places where families can get meals for their children.

Ochsner Health study reveals numbers of COVID-19 up to 40 times more deadly than flu

  Gov. Edwards says one of his staffers has tested positive for COVID-19; several others quarantined

  Do I really need to wear a mask? Health officials say ‘yes’

Sen. John Kennedy announces $11M for LDH

Kenner Mayor issues proclamation requiring residents to wear masks

  Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for Main Street Recovery Program grants to help with COVID-19 expenses

  St. Tammany Guard flyover provides welcome break from increased COVID patient loads

The COVID patient count is on the rise once again at St. Tammany Hospital where workers got a special tribute today.

  Baton Rouge residents react to face mask mandate set forth by mayor

As East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome plans to sign an executive order mandating that residents wear face masks, people have been sharing their opinions with WAFB on the matter.

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.

  Gov. Edwards issues stern warning about rise of COVID-19 in La.

With the Fourth of July weekend on the horizon, Gov. John Bel Edwards will address the state’s coronavirus response Wednesday

  Southern University unveils line of THC-based medical marijuana products, marking historic launch among HBCUs

Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Wednesday, July 1 unveiled a line of THC-derived medical marijuana products that will be available across Louisiana.

VIDEO: La. Guard perform Black Hawk flyovers across state to honor COVID-19 frontline medical workers

The Louisiana Army National Guard’s State Aviation Command flew over Slidell, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe area hospitals to honor first responders and healthcare professionals

  The Saharan Dust is here, but what does that mean for your health?

The Saharan dust cloud has made for some interesting skyline shots of the Capital City, but it may also pose a risk to your health.

  Pointe Coupee Parish school officials asking parents to decide between face-to-face or online classes

Officials with the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board say they have narrowed down their reopening options for the 2020-2021 school year.

Tulane University receives $1 million to help fight COVID-19

The anonymous $1 million will help to establish a fund for Emerging Research in Infectious Disease

  TODAY: Jefferson Parish will require all people to wear masks in public areas, businesses

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee-Sheng said she has signed an emergency declaration that will require people to wear masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 starting on Wednesday (July 1).

  Small businesses struggling due to COVID-19 pandemic could see relief in July

Small businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic could start seeing help as early as July.

Coronavirus clusters reported at daycares, summer camps

With little ones, it’s hard to teach the concept of personal space, much less the concept of social distancing.

  Not all BREC dog parks open due to staffing issues caused by COVID-19

Phase 2 guidelines say parks can be open, but that may not be the case for dog parks. BREC’s Burbank Dog Park is still closed.

  Lt. governor, LDH warn against out-of-state vacations this July Fourth weekend

Officials worry crowded beaches and other resorts paired with people not social distancing or wearing masks will lead to residents bringing the virus back home and spreading it to others.

  Baton Rouge organizations helping single moms to buy groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are struggling to feed their families, but especially single moms.

Behavioral Health launches outreach line to prevent crisis

By calling 1-833-333-1132, individuals can find real-time support to avoid, prevent or intercept a crisis from occurring.

  While some aren’t following the rules, many Baton Rouge bars taking pandemic seriously

It seems as though a number of bars in the Baton Rouge area are getting a bad rep about possibly spreading the coronavirus, especially after a COVID-19 cluster was discovered at Tigerland.

  Health officials urge La. residents to answer phone calls from contact tracers

Health professionals have stressed there is nothing to fear, and the call does more to help.

3 Gulf Shores restaurants confirm COVID-19 among staff

At least three popular Gulf Shores restaurants have been impacted by COVID-19 among staff.

  Some blood banks say need for convalescent plasma donors drops as patients recover

Doctor with LSU Health says there's still a lot to learn about antibodies, but believe they can be present in recovered patients for up to two years.

  Despite repeated calls to mask up, LDH says more Louisianans are choosing not to

Government officials have repeated the request ad nauseam, calling on Louisianans to “mask up.”

  Mayor Cantrell warns additional restrictions could be put in place for New Orleans ahead of July 4th holiday

Mayor Cantrell said Monday that "all people need to follow the rules. It’s a matter of life and death"

La. Secretary of State puts coronavirus protection measures in place at polling locations

After pushing back the presidential primary election and extending early voting by a week, the La. Secretary of State's office is making it easier for voters to cast a ballot during the pandemic

  National HIV Testing Day offers free testing in Baton Rouge community

On Saturday, June 27, community leaders participated in National HIV Testing Day.

As virus cases spike, Louisiana struggles with tracking work

Data from the state health department shows only 59% of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-May have responded to phone calls from contact tracers.

  Baton Rouge doctors share thoughts about increased risk of COVID-19 for pregnant women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women may be more at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 than those who are not expecting.

Louisiana front-line workers may soon see $250 ‘hazard pay’

Thousands of Louisiana’s front-line employees who worked at grocery stores, drove buses and manned health care facilities in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak appear on track to receive a $250 one-time check from the state.

  A wave of evictions and homelessness feared due to the pandemic

New report has somber information about the prospect of more people becoming homeless as the pandemic continues.

  Anonymously report businesses not following COVID-19 guidelines

Mayor-President Broome provides update on COVID-19 in EBR Parish.

  LSU announces changes to fall semester due to COVID-19

LSU has announced some changes to its fall semester schedule due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  Local restrictions won’t tighten as virus outlook worsens

As coronavirus cases spike, Governor John Bel Edwards and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome say they do not intend to tighten restrictions on businesses or revert back to a stay-at-home order.

U.S. coins could be the latest coronavirus victim

The coronavirus shutdowns are having an impact on the American currency, particularly a shortage of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.

BRCC announces fall reopening plans

Baton Rouge Community College is introducing special changes that will allow the college to reopen during the Fall 2020 semester.

  Gonzales Cinema to reopen June 26, showing fan-favorite movies

Gonzales Cinema will reopen Friday, June 26 with a lineup of fan-favorite classics and pre-pandemic releases.

  Senate Committee on Education discusses how to safely reopen public schools in the fall

The Senate Committee on Education discussed plans Thursday night (June 25) about reopening Louisiana’s K-12 schools in the fall.

  Lotus Food Pantry hosting free drive-thru food giveaway for seniors

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is hosting yet another free drive-thru food giveaway event at its Lotus Food Pantry on Friday, June 26.

  Fred’s in Tigerland hosts drive-thru COVID-19 screenings for local college students

Two healthcare companies, Relief Telemed and Neighborhood Health, have partnered with Fred’s bar in Tigerland to offer drive-thru COVID-19 screenings to college students and employees who work at other Tigerland bars.

  LDOE releases 2020-2021 school reopening guidelines

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released guidelines for how schools can reopen across the state for 2020-2021 while also reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  Gov. Edwards: La. to remain in Phase 2; official proclamation signed

Governor John Bel Edwards has decided not to allow Louisiana to enter into the less-restrictive Phase 3 of reopening the economy, a source familiar with the decision said Monday, June 22.

  Before you dive in, brush up on your aquatic safety tips

On a hot summer day, out on the water or poolside sounds, like the best place to be. These are also dangerous spots, if you don’t know how to swim.

  Mayor Cantrell and Dr. Avegno speak about recent rise in COVID-19 cases

Dr. Jennifer Avegno expressed concern about large gatherings and the spread of the Coronavirus.

  Should wearing face masks in public be made mandatory in Baton Rouge?

To wear a mask in public or not? That is the question after New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said it’s mandatory to wear face in masks in public there.

  New businesses creating more job opportunities during pandemic

Many new businesses are opening in the capital area despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Edwards, health officials urge residents to wear masks as COVID-19 cases rise

Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a press conference Wednesday, June 24 to address growing concerns over an increase in COVID-19 cases.

  Experts issue stern warning amid new statewide spike in coronavirus

After the state saw coronavirus cases shoot up overnight Monday, June 22, area doctors say they’re concerned.

  Some restaurants in Baton Rouge closing temporarily due to lack of staff

Some Baton Rouge area restaurants are temporarily shutting down... but it’s not for the reason you might think.

  Saharan dust could worsen symptoms for those with respiratory conditions

Doctors advise those with underlying respiratory conditions to stay inside this weekend due to bad air quality from Saharan dust.

  Cassidy works with Harvard on COVID testing strategy, favors more frequent testing for workers

Sen. Bill Cassidy believes there will be a federal CARES ACT 4.0 to help people still struggling even though more of the economy has reopened.

  Families using social media to stay connected with loved ones in nursing homes during pandemic

With a delay in Louisiana moving into Phase 3 of reopening, families will have to keep waiting to visit their loved ones in nursing homes.

  Small business grant program to begin in July, but details raising eyebrows

Louisiana plans to throw $300 million to small businesses over the next few months as part of its economic recovery plan.

  5 tips for choosing a safe summer camp for your kids amid COVID-19 pandemic

While Louisiana is still in Phase 2 of reopening, summer camp options for kids may be limited. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering tips on how you can select the safest camp for your children this summer.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner warns of health concerns from incoming Saharan dust

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner urges caution with incoming Saharan dust cloud

  Governor Edwards to explore enforcement options for non-compliant businesses

Leaders with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal are review protocols after Governor John Bel Edwards announced the need for greater enforcement of COVID-19 mitigation practices.

  LSU postpones Phase 3 of reopening after spike in cases

LSU was originally scheduled to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 29, but has now pushed that date back after Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state as a whole would remain in Phase 2 for now.

  Major cruise lines postpone sailing until fall

Major cruise lines postpone setting sail until mid to late September.

  Our Mom’s employee says coworker tested positive for COVID-19 after working despite showing symptoms

An employee of Our Mom's Restaurant and Bar in Baton Rouge claims one of their coworkers came to work sick last week and continued to work for two days before testing positive for COVID-19.

  Concern surrounds the re-opening of Louisiana schools

While there is still no plan for what the next school year will look like across the state a New Orleans survey shows the majority of parents and students are anxious about it.

  Coronavirus cases in young adults surpass all other age groups in La.

Over 1% of young adults in Louisiana have tested positive for COVID-19.