Trump WHO funding cut prompts criticism as coronavirus spreads

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

  How Uber, Lyft drivers are keeping passengers safe during the pandemic

  GBR Food Bank, National Guard team up for free drive-thru food distribution event Saturday

  Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program for students expanding

  Baton Rouge General says thank you, sends off 100+ medical sailors with second line parade

Baton Rouge mayor to join in day of fasting, mourning to mark 100k COVID-19 deaths in US

Natchitoches Alligator Park closing permanently; owner selling park and animals

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  Baton Rouge staffing agency hosts drive-thru job fair May 29

LifeShare Blood Center now offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to blood donors

Louisiana woman survives cancer, coronavirus

LDH partners with 11 companies to expand COVID-19 testing statewide

  Going back to work may be tough on your four-legged friends

  BREC announces registration for online and in-person summer camps

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

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.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

East Baton Rouge Parish Library announces plans for Phase 2 of reopening

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Press conferences, stats, links related to COVID-19

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

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.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  BRCC celebrate graduates with special drive-thru ceremony

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is celebrating its graduates with a special drive-thru diploma pickup and virtual commencement ceremony.

  OLOL resumes visitation, but with limitations

Our Lady of the Lake announced Thursday, May 28 that it will begin allowing visitors for some patients to serve as an essential advocate starting Friday.

  Children’s health specialist discusses rare condition in children linked to COVID-19

Health officials are learning more about a condition found in children linked to COVID-19. Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, is a rare condition that affects those under 21-years-old.

  Associated Builders and Contractors puts on free meal for Baton Rouge healthcare workers

Some Baton Rouge area construction workers and contractors came together Thursday, May 28 to feed front-line healthcare workers.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

  As food insecurity grows in Baton Rouge, efforts to provide food are stretched thin

The line for East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s (EBRCOA) food distribution stretched at least a mile down Hooper Road on Thursday, May 28, as many looked for help in putting food on their tables.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

  Gov. Edwards: 13 cases of MIS-C, 1 death in La.

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Press conferences, stats, links related to COVID-19

Superdome provides glimpse of what football season could look like during COVID-19

New Orleans Saints games may have a different feel this season. Social distancing guidelines put a big cap on the number of fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome if they are let in at all. The Superdome's management just wrapped up a meeting.

  EBRCOA hosting drive-thru food pantry event for seniors

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is hosting another drive-thru Lotus Food Pantry event for seniors.

COURTS: List of La. courts reopening in Phase 1

List of courts reopening in the WAFB viewing area.

  Produce giveaway happening in Donaldsonville Thursday, May 28

Several organizations will be hosting a drive-thru produce box giveaway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Lemann Center.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

Local toy company launches a ‘Hometown Heroes’ paper playset

To honor the work of frontline workers during COVID-19, Tatro: Hand-Built Magnetic Toys, a local toy company launches a ‘Hometown Heroes’ paper playset.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Governor responds to pictures showing lack of social distancing over Memorial Day weekend

All the good news comes on the heels of plenty of pictures shared with the 9News Investigators showing folks jammed into stores and bars over the Memorial Day weekend.

  La. AG says nursing home residents entitled to their stimulus checks

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says nursing home residents are entitled to keep their stimulus checks. He’s issuing a warning to anyone trying to defraud these vulnerable people.

  COVID-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter

The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

  CDC warns about false positive from coronavirus antibody test

There is a growing concern about just how accurate coronavirus antibody tests really are.

  LSU Health releases findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on local patients; small vessels in lungs found to have blood clots

The majority of the autopsies reported on in the study were on African American COVID-19 victims.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

  Satterfield’s Restaurant on False River permanently closing due to coronavirus uncertainty

Owners of Satterfield’s Upper Deck Restaurant, an iconic eatery on False River in New Roads, say they are closing the business due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Every child care provider in La. to receive free supplies to ensure safe reopening

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced all 1,649 child care providers in Louisiana will soon receive supplies to help them ensure the health and safety of staff and children as the state navigates reopening following the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Ochsner employees to be treated to second free concert

Employees at Ochsner in Baton Rouge will be treated to their second free concert.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

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.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Health experts concerned over lack of social distancing in spots over Memorial Day weekend

Experts are concerned after pictures have surfaced online showing several large gatherings in the capital area that show folks partying and crowding businesses with what appears to be a lack of social distancing and few face masks.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

Possible game changer: LSU Health Shreveport trailblazing research into using nitric oxide as a COVID-19 treatment

Clinical trials now have been expanded to include those who are not critically ill

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  OLOL specialist talks treatments for COVID-19, possible vaccine

New updates regarding treatments and a possible vaccine for COVID-19 are changing everyday.

  Small business owners frustrated over loan forgiveness requirements

After a frustrating application process, some small business owners were caught off guard by the latest requirements for PPP loan forgiveness.

  Health experts believe anxiety and depression will become a national crisis following pandemic

As a mom of three young kids and a counselor at a school, Stephanie Strain knows life during the pandemic can be stressful.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Livingston Parish announces Class of 2020 graduation dates

Livingston Parish Superintendent Joe Murphy announced Thursday, May 21 that school leaders have confirmed dates and times for all nine of the parish’s high school graduation ceremonies.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.