South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Noem didn’t wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

FDA gives emergency approval to quick COVID-19 antigen test

  Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

  Treasury names 650K small businesses receiving govt loans

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  FDA adds to list warning of potentially toxic hand sanitizers

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  Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

10 free online fitness classes you can join at home

  Multiple new testing sites set up in Baton Rouge in response to level of COVID-19 cases

NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season

Broadway star Nick Cordero dies after monthslong battle against coronavirus

  July 4 weekend fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus.

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8.

  Debates turn emotional as schools across US decide how and if to open

The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary district to district, state to state.

  For nation’s birthday, Trump stokes the divisions within US

While public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital.

Dodgers pitcher Price won’t play this year because of virus

  Virus doesn’t stop annual hot dog eating contest

  US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow

  English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

  Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders

  Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s oldest son, has contracted the coronavirus.

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

  Pelicans’ Zion Williamson encourages Louisianans to ‘stay safe and wear your mask’ in new video

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson appeared alongside Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in a public service announcement reminding residents to wear a mask while out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness blamed for a global pandemic that has killed thousands.

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home.

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, an increase of 8% from the week before.

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.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

The program was initially suspended in mid-March when the theme parks and hotels closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  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.

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

  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.

  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.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

  COVID-19 outbreak concerns Bayou parishes as holiday weekend approaches

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

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.

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.

  ‘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).

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

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.

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

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.

AP source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back start

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

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

Based on the prevalence rate, doctors presume that more than 64,000 residents in Jefferson and Orleans parishes have been infected.

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

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, July 2 one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 1.

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

Top health officials in Louisiana are urging residents to wear masks and take social distancing seriously.

Sen. John Kennedy announces $11M for LDH

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced Thursday, July 2 that Congress has allocated $11,060,438 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to help the Louisiana Department of Health prepare for future public health emergencies.

Kenner Mayor issues proclamation requiring residents to wear masks

The proclamation will go into effect at Noon Thursday.

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

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

Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for grants to help cover COVID-19 related costs starting July 28, State Treasurer John Scroder announced Wednesday, July 1 during a press conference.

  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.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

  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.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

  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

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

  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.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  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).

‘It’s on fire’: Real estate professionals say this is the time to invest

Commercial real estate brokers say it is the right time to invest but tough to be a landlord or a tenant right now.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  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.