ONE-STOP-SHOP: Stats, links related to COVID-19

This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

Ochsner says vaccine appointments postponed due to ‘limited supply’

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

Congressman Garret Graves’ father, John Graves, passes away from complications associated with COVID-19

Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge calls for recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols in churches and in parish offices throughout the Diocese.

  Rural hospitals struggle to care for patients amid coronavirus surge

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

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  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

Friday, January 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

  Mayor Broome says EBR Parish will stay in modified Phase 2 for now, but COVID-19 situation must improve

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge

“I want to get out of the house, and get back to normal,” she said.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

  Baton Rouge businesses working together to stay afloat amid pandemic

Local businesses are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, but some businesses are working together in hopes to bring in more customers.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

Thursday, January 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  High demand of COVID-19 vaccine causing some to look anywhere to get critical 2 doses

If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people in that first priority group to get a COVID-19 vaccine, there are now 210 locations across all 64 parishes in our state, where you could potentially get one.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  Why La. is not implementing mass COVID-19 vaccinations yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards says, in Louisiana, it makes more sense to first spread the doses out across the state.

  Hospitals relying on travel nurses amid coronavirus surge

As coronavirus cases climb across the country, many hospitals are heavily relying on travel nurses to help with the influx in patients.

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

Wednesday, January 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Wednesday, January 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

Another round of payroll loans targeted to help struggling businesses

For New Orleans’ struggling, treasured restaurants, on chef says the PPP money is not the answer, but it will help.

Mississippians 65+ and those with pre-existing conditions now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Mississippi leaders are working to accelerate vaccine distributions in the coming days.

  Baton Rouge area hospital capacity a concern as coronavirus cases rise

Overall capacities at hospitals are up, and it’s starting to put a strain on resources.

  Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in modified Phase 2 until Feb. 10

The governor is also expected to announce whether or not Louisiana will remain in its current "modified" Phase Two of reopening the economy, which is set to expire Wednesday, Jan. 13.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

  Baker residents register for coronavirus vaccine in person

Baker residents were able to go in person to register for the vaccine, rather than attempt to do so online or contact individual pharmacies, which has been difficult for a large group of seniors.

  EBR Council on Aging partners with mayor, Albertson’s to administer coronavirus vaccine

They are giving out 965 doses in the next three days.

  LDEQ Secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Secretary Dr. Chuck Brown announced on Tuesday, Jan. 12 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

14 arrested as National Championship celebration draws massive crowd to The Strip

The crowd meant big business for bars in the area but it also causes concerns over coronavirus with positive cases rising in Alabama.

  St. Vincent de Paul accepting clients as temps drop, in need of donations

Another cold day in South Louisiana. For the homeless, this can be a challenging time. St. Vincent de Paul is a resource for the homeless community.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  LDH: 209 vaccine providers in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) say 209 vaccine providers across the state will receive “very limited doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  COVID-19 taking toll on Los Angeles EMTs

EMTs in Los Angeles County are facing demanding shifts while helping COVID-19 patients.

  Second staffer in Gov. Edwards’ office tests positive for COVID-19 in less than 2 weeks

A second staffer in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has tested positive for COVID-19 in less than two weeks, the governor’s office announced Monday, Jan. 11.

  China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

A culture of secrecy, fostered by the Chinese government, is believed to have delayed warnings about the pandemic, blocked the sharing of information with the WHO and hampered early testing.

  LSU adding new safety measures for spring semester

The spring semester will look like the fall, though LSU is adding a few new safety measures to protect students, faculty, and staff.

Southern University students living on campus must test negative for coronavirus

The test must be a PCR type test, not a rapid antigen or antibody test.

  Pope’s doctor dies from COVID-19 complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor has died as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

  Wis. teacher says she caught COVID-19 in classroom, leading to husband’s death

Within two weeks of her return to in-person learning, the teacher contracted COVID-19, which she then passed on to her husband and her mother. Her husband died.

  Baton Rouge hospitals work with small business in hopes of getting more people to donate blood during the pandemic

More than 2,000 Louisianans are in the hospital with COVID-19, and the disease is killing nearly 40 people every day, but the phones at the blood donation banks have stopped ringing.

  Queen Elizabeth II and husband receive COVID-19 vaccinations

The injections were administered at Windsor Castle, where the queen and her husband have been spending their time during the lockdown in England.

  How COVID-19 may have changed the way you file your taxes

It’s that time of the year were W-2′s are starting to roll in and doing your taxes this year can often leave you scratching your head and this year it could be even more difficult.

  Could East Baton Rouge Parish return to phase 1?

There has been a lot of concern from those of you at home about what phase we could end up in next week.

  Universities finalize plans for spring semester amid coronavirus pandemic

While college students will spend this weekend preparing for the start of the spring semester, local universities are putting in extra measures to remind students to not only protect themselves and their classmates but also their community.

  U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

The U.S. has recorded more than 4,000 daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time.

  Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

  London mayor seeks help as UK sees record new virus deaths

Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident,″ as the rapid spread of the virus pushed hospitals to breaking point.

  UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus

So far, Britain has inoculated 5 million people with two other vaccines.

  Louisiana Veterans Association hopeful about coronavirus vaccine

The Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System in Louisiana expects to continue to receive more vaccination allotments from the federal government over the coming weeks.

  Rural parishes struggling to keep up with administering coronavirus vaccines

Rural parishes in Louisiana are struggling to keep up with the vaccine demands.

  State Sen. Regina Barrow helps eligible patients get COVID-19 vaccine one month after loosing husband to virus

State Sen. Regina Barrow helps eligible patients get COVID-19 vaccine one month after loosing husband to virus.

  SNAP benefits to increase for six months due to COVID-19, beginning Jan. 8

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits officials with the Department say you will see an increase in your SNAP benefits for the first six months of 2021.

  US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The virus is surging in virtually every state, with California particularly hard hit.

  There are new coronavirus strains: Can our vaccines stop them?

New variants of the coronavirus seem to make it more easily spread, but scientists say they haven't made the vaccine obsolete yet.

  US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months.

Local clinic explains vaccination process

Medical leaders of CareSouth in Baton Rouge say their phones have been ringing nonstop.

  Baton Rouge residents frustrated with coronavirus vaccine appointment issues

They explained that the reason behind the small amount of vaccines in the first round was to make sure the first round was given without complications.

  Baton Rouge hospitals face nurse shortages as hospitalizations increase

As more beds keep filling up in the hospitals, more nurses will be stretched thin.

  La. breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations same day Gov. Edwards holds first news conference of 2021

Gov. Edwards is expected to address the state’s continued spike in COVID-19 cases, the alarming increase in hospitalizations, and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for Louisiana residents 70 and older.

  UK leader to use ‘every second’ to vaccinate the vulnerable during return to lockdown

Britain reported more than 60,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the first time on Tuesday. More than 391,000 people have tested positive in the past seven days, up 44% from the previous week.

  Hospitals struggle to keep up in COVID-19 hotspot California

Some hospitals have had to close their doors at times because they’ve become so overwhelmed, leaving ambulances waiting up to eight hours and diverting others to different emergency rooms.

  Baton Rouge residents express frustrations with COVID-19 vaccine

“Good gracious I had over 2,000 calls yesterday and over 1,500 calls today. So, I have lots of people I cannot help”, said John Dry a pharmacist with Dry’s Health Mart Pharmacy.