COVID-19

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Some families going virtual for Thanksgiving this year

  As people travel home for Thanksgiving, experts warn a negative COVID-19 test doesn’t mean you are immediately in the clear

  LDH officials say virus spreading in many different ways, including at small family gatherings

‘URGENT’ - LHSAA issues new capacity, mask, social distancing mandates at high school games; warns of fines for non-compliance

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  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, will probably miss Iron Bowl

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

Shreveport decides against issuing parade permits

The decision impacts African American History, Mardi Gras processions normally held during the first 3 months of 2021

  Tangipahoa deals with a 15 percent COVID-19 positivity rate

Officials blame a number of factors but they say citizens can do much more.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  New Orleans travelers take to skies despite COVID-19 warnings

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

  Gov. Edwards hopeful some in La. could receive dose of COVID-19 vaccine before end of the year

  Louisiana reverting to ‘modified’ Phase 2 restrictions, Gov. Edwards announces

  BRG nurse urges people to reconsider holiday plans after losing family members to COVID-19

One Baton Rouge General (BRG) nurse is planning to have a very different holiday season this year, not because of COVID-19 restrictions, but because of the family members he has lost to COVID-19.

  ‘COVID-19 is not going away’: Governor warns Mississippians ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

“COVID-19 is not going away,” Reeves said.

  Most Louisiana bars to be forced to close

Many bars across Louisiana will be forced to close effective tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25 until after Christmas.

  Students leaving college campuses ahead of Thanksgiving break won’t be returning until next semester due to COVID-19

College students across Louisiana are wrapping up their studies for the semester and getting ready for the Thanksgiving break.

  Thanksgiving Day travel reuniting family members for the first time since before pandemic

Many folks will be hitting the road to visit family this week for Thanksgiving, and a lot of people will also be flying. There has been some concern about how safe airports are during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Armstrong International seeing an increase in travel this holiday week

Millions of Americans are traveling this week despite warnings from the CDC to stay at home this Thanksgiving.

La. COVID-19 cases surge past national average; Jefferson Parish hit hard

The White House Coronavirus Task Force released its latest report concerning COVID-19 cases in Louisiana. The state says the situation has “gotten ever more dire in Louisiana.”

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

  How college students can come home safely for Thanksgiving

Leaders across the state are keeping a close eye on what happens in the days after college communities send students back home.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Some Baton Rouge area superintendents want to expand in-person learning as state sees its third wave of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases surge once again in Louisiana, several Baton Rouge area school superintendents are asking the state for more freedom to expand in-person learning.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  Louisiana Spirit is here to help those affected by COVID-19

With so many people facing tough times during the coronavirus pandemic, there are ways that people can receive help.

Krewe of Bacchus announces virtual 2021 Mardi Gras plans

Bacchus announced the krewe would try to make parading a little more normal in an unnormal carnival year affected by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Reality: A skeptic’s story

“I just wanted you people see this this is real. This is real. This ain’t no hoax. There’s no politics. This s—t’s real,” the 49-year-old said from his hospital bed.

Coast Mardi Gras parade first to be canceled due to COVID risks

As concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, at least one Mardi Gras parade on the Coast has already been canceled due to the pandemic.

  Louisiana knows what percentage of COVID-19 vaccines to expect; has vaccination playbook

The Louisiana Department of Health urges the public to remain vigilant in wearing masks and social distancing despite the promising news about vaccines.

SEC reschedules some Nov. 28 games after COVID-19 forces postponements

The Arkansas at Missouri football game of November 28 has been postponed, resulting in the rescheduling of games that include Vanderbilt playing at Missouri on November 28 and the postponement of the Tennessee at Vanderbilt game originally scheduled for November 28.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  Nursing homes adjust to holiday season amid coronavirus

Senior living communities like St. James Place are not on total lock down, but are asking their residents to stay put and limit visits due to the latest COVID-19 spike.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier tests positive for COVID-19

No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier has tested positive for COVID-19, the university reported Saturday, Nov. 21. Officials said Napier started to exhibit symptoms Tuesday and self-quarantined.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

Game between Clemson-Florida State postponed

The decision was made Saturday morning when medical personnel from both teams were not able to agree on moving forward with the game.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  Deadline to apply for rental assistance is Friday

Eligible tenants must meet income requirements and live within the city limits.

  LSU-Arkansas game in jeopardy due to COVID-19 concerns within Razorback program

With concerns over COVID-19 testing at Arkansas, it could mean LSU misses another game. Results are expected Friday morning from Razorbacks’ head coach Sam Pittman.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  ‘Louisiana is in the third surge of this pandemic’: Gov. Edwards gives stern warning to residents one week before Thanksgiving holiday

Gov. John Bel Edwards gave a stern warning to Louisiana residents about the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the state and urged them to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 19.

  DOC scraps plans to allow family visitation at prisons due to rising COVID-19 cases

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC) is scrapping plans that had been in the works for about a month to allow family visits to prisons during the week of Thanksgiving due to rising COVID-19 cases across the state and in its prison system.

Mayor Cantrell says she is open to rescheduling Mardi Gras parades

Even though parades won’t be allowed to happen in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, some krewes brought up the possibility of rescheduling parades. Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she won’t rule out that possibility.

Endymion to cancel after mayor’s ‘premature’ carnival announcement

One of the largest krewes to roll in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season said it plans on cancelling its parade until spring when a vaccine might be available to parade goers.

White House report says Louisiana is in the red zone for COVID-19 cases; rapid testing gets more attention

Louisiana has seen an increase in new coronavirus cases and an increase in test positivity.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

  COVID-19: Could radiation help patients?

COVID-19 can be tough on the lungs and cause massive inflammation in some patients.

St. Jude scientists discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have identified a possible treatment for the coronavirus.

  2021 Spanish Town ball canceled due to ongoing pandemic; decision on parade still up in the air

The popular ball for the Spanish Town parade in downtown Baton Rouge has been canceled, according to the president of the krewe.

  Mayoral runoff debate canceled due to candidate quarantining

The East Baton Rouge Parish mayoral runoff debate between incumbent, Sharon Weston Broome, and challenger, Steve Carter, has been canceled due to COVID-19.

  Baton Rouge area schools taking extra precautions with rise in COVID-19 cases

Officials with the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force say schools need to take extra precautions, especially if they are in areas with high COVID-19 positivity rates.

Bars in West Baton Rouge Parish forced to close on-premise consumption due to rise in COVID-19 positivity rate

Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish Government say all bars in the parish must close on-premise consumption due to a rise in COVID-19 positivity rates in the parish.

No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette vs Central Arkansas game canceled due to COVID-19 concerns in Ragin’ Cajun program

No. 24 Louisiana football’s home finale against Central Arkansas on Saturday, Nov. 21, has been canceled due to COVID-19 positive tests and contract tracing within the program.

Carnival cruises leaving from New Orleans canceled through Feb. of 2021

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all cruises from the Port of New Orleans through the end of February 2021

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

  Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as it has done for 65 years. But there will be some changes.

  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.