EBRPSS discusses plan for schools in event of another COVID-19 outbreak

While students in East Baton Rouge Parish are having to adjust constantly to keep everyone safe, the superintendent said he wants everyone to know they’re working on a plan moving forward in case schools are faced with another outbreak.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

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  Louisiana to immediately pause J&J vaccine distribution following FDA, CDC recommendations

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Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

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  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

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  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  White House partners with Louisiana to establish new major community vaccination center in Baton Rouge

Today, the White House announced that the Administration will be partnering with the State of Louisiana to build a new major Community Vaccination Center (CVC) in Baton Rouge.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

  With economy opening back up, La. and national businesses looking for employees

  Small number of fully vaccinated Louisianians tested positive for COVID

  Gov. Edwards announces launch of statewide COVID-19 vaccine hotline; discusses agenda for upcoming legislative session

  CDC says establishments don’t have to clean multiple times a day, once a day should suffice

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  COVID-19 vaccine hotline is now available for La. residents

A telephone hotline is now available to Louisiana residents in which they can call to schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area, and connect people with medical professionals about vaccine-related questions

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Parents, teachers want more details about EBR early start date; town hall scheduled for next week

Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse’s expressed his desire for students to start on July 28. But some parents, teachers, and board members say they have some concerns about the early start.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  Expecting mothers or breastfeeding moms, who received COVID-19 vaccine, can pass antibodies to babies

Reports are now showing expecting mothers or mothers who are breastfeeding, who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, can pass along those antibodies to their child.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  Scammers after people through COVID-19 surveys

Vaccination sites are popping up all over, and more people than ever are getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

Cantrell ‘hopeful’ for large-scale Saints games in Superdome

“So by this time next year, I’m hoping absolutely we'll be able to celebrate and host events in this city like no one can do, so it’s an exciting time and how far we’ve come, but let me tell you the light's clearly at the end of the tunnel,” said Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

  No appointment needed at Port Allen drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine event

West Baton Rouge Parish is partnering with Arbor Health Clinic and the Louisiana Department of Health to offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination event.

  Louisiana leaders discuss the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine passport

A vaccine passport is a record of someone’s COVID-19 related health data. It can be digital, like a phone app, to show if someone has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus

  COVID ICU nurse who missed child’s birth looks back as son turns 1

Andrew Bamber’s first birthday on Easter Sunday was special for his dad, James Bamber. The ICU nurse at Ochsner Hospital missed his son’s birth because he was busy caring for some of the city’s sickest patients.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Coastal Bridge owner known for costly construction delays arrested for skipping Disney World COVID screening

New video obtained by the 9NEWS Investigators shows the arrest of a Baton Rouge contractor at the “happiest place on Earth.”

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

CDC says people can safely travel again, tourism industry to benefit

The CDC updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for COVID-19 or going into quarantine afterward

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  What will Easter Sunday look like in church this year?

There’s currently no capacity limit at churches, which paves the way for a more traditional Easter celebration. However, some churches are still taking precautions.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

La. AG issues warning about fake COVID vaccine cards sold online

Attorney General Jeff Landry issued a warning to Louisiana residents Thursday, April 1, about fake COVID vaccine cards being sold online.

Mets-Nats opener delayed after positive COVID test, tracing

The contest was not immediately rescheduled, even though Friday already had been set up as an off day that could accommodate a game pushed back from Thursday if there were a rainout, for example.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.

  Pfizer vaccine effective 6 months later, companies say

Their ongoing studies show the vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

  Doctors urge people to stop double booking COVID vaccine appointments

Louisiana state leaders and health professionals are urging people to refrain from double booking COVID vaccine appointments.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

  Pfizer says its vaccine is safe and effective for kids 12 and up

In an effort to get as many teens and young kids vaccinated before school starts next fall, Pfizer announced on Wednesday, March 31, that its vaccine is now safe and effective for kids as young as 12 years old.

  New initiative provides free rides for COVID-19 vaccines in East Baton Rouge Parish

A new initiative by HealthyBR will provide more vaccination pop-up sites and free Uber rides to get folks to and from their vaccine appointments.

Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall

Amazon was one of the first large companies to mostly shutter their main offices in the Seattle area during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

  France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

In a televised address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said efforts are needed as “the epidemic is accelerating.”

  COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

  EU says ‘no evidence’ to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency says there is “no evidence” that would support restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

  Gov. Edwards eases capacity restrictions for businesses but warns ‘we’re not out of the woods’

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus Tuesday, March 30.