Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

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

  Gov. Edwards to hold news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

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

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

  Walmart offering COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to eligible patients at 2 stores in EBR through March 1

  What pregnant women need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

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LSU expects ‘vast majority’ of classes to be face-to-face in Fall 2021, assuming coronavirus vaccinations proceed as expected

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

Livingston Schools scheduling vaccination appointments for March 10

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

  Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

501 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine this week

This week, 501 vaccine providers across the state will receive very limited doses of COVID vaccine.

  ‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic has surpassed a milestone that once seemed unimaginable.

  School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

Federal law requires states to test students each year in subjects including math and reading as a way to gauge schools’ progress and to identify learning disparities among different groups of students.

  Teachers, daycare workers, and pregnant women now among those eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations in La.

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

  Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

  UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

  Woman, 73, studying nursing to visit husband in care facility during COVID-19

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

  Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

The United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks.

  Mont. boy, 13, suffers COVID-19 symptoms, including heart problems, for months

The 13-year-old contracted COVID-19 in November. He hasn’t been to school since and continues to experience symptoms, many severe, from the illness.

  ‘They want their babysitters back’: Entire California school board resigns after hot mic comments

Trustees were awaiting the start of the meeting when they began discussing parents’ letters and social media posts about reopening schools.

New Orleans wants federal vaccine site, but with extra doses

La. is asking President Biden’s administration to establish one of its planned federal coronavirus vaccine sites at the New Orleans Convention CenterS

Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details

The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic.

  EBRPSS releases vaccine appointment request form info

Educators, School Staff Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1B, tier 2 of the vaccination effort begins Monday, February 22.

  Livingston Parish schools announce vaccination plans for teachers

Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today that the district is working with state health officials to make information regarding the COVID vaccination process available to all active employees of Livingston Parish Public Schools following the governor’s proclamation that K-12 school systems are now

  Winter weather temporarily delays shipment of 6 million vaccine doses, White House says

The shipment of six million vaccine doses has been temporarily delayed.

  Walgreens to get 300,000 more vaccine doses each week

Starting next week, the pharmacy says it will receive more than 480,000 doses per week.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine can be stored longer in regular freezer

Right now, the vaccine is approved to only be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures for up to five days and can only last up to six months in an ultra-cold freezer.

  Police: 2 women dressed as older ladies to try to get second COVID-19 vaccine in Fla.

Officials at the site called police after the women’s birth dates on their ID cards did not match what they used to register.

Livingston man who found ‘life’s calling’ cheering up kids as Santa Claus passes away following COVID hospitalization

A Livingston man who brought joy to hundreds, if not thousands of children in south Louisiana over the years by dressing up as Santa Claus, has passed away after a three-week coronavirus-related hospitalization.

  Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S.

  US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

Layoffs remain high with an economy still under pressure from the virus.

Many missing appt. for second COVID-19 vaccine dose due to winter weather; LDH says that’s OK

Many people missed their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine the week of Feb. 15 due to severe winter weather that moved through the ArkLaTex area, but the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says that’s okay.

  US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Gov. Edwards holds news conference on La. winter weather conditions, COVID-19 Thursday

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will give an update on winter weather conditions and the state's COVID-19 threat at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

  Calif. woman issued license with photo of her wearing face mask

Although the woman's license is technically valid, she will still be asked to return for a no fee duplicate photo without her mask.

  Could winter weather across nation impact COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Louisiana?

With this nasty cold and icy weather hitting parts of the United State and our area, could these weather issues impact vaccine shipments on their way to our state?

  Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

The significant number of forces declining the vaccine is worrisome because troops often live, work and fight closely together in environments where social distancing and wearing masks are difficult.

  Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

The U.S. is vaccinating an average of 1.7 million Americans per day against COVID-19, up from under 1 million a month ago.

US govt seizes roughly 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Nearly a year into the pandemic, fraud remains a major problem as scammers seek to exploit hospitals and desperate Americans.

  EXPLAINER: How will we know we’ve reached herd immunity?

Nobody knows for sure what the herd immunity threshold is for the coronavirus, though many experts say it’s 70% or higher. And the emergence of variants is further complicating the picture.

  Thursday, February 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Thursday, Feb. 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

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.

  New York sues Amazon over worker safety during pandemic

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide.

  Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures

The trend owes itself both to a harsh reality — Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and tradition.

  Seattle woman, 90, walks 6 miles through snow for vaccine

A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep a 90-year-old woman from making her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

  NY teacher dies from COVID-19 after ‘work from home’ request denied

The family can’t prove the teacher contracted COVID-19 during her work at the middle school, but they say she was extra diligent about practicing safety protocols wherever she went.

  Crippling storm hampers vaccinations as FEMA opens new sites

FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly.

  Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

If the crowd control measures work, the scene will be in stark contrast to Mardi Gras crowds last year that were later blamed for an early Louisiana outbreak of COVID-19.

  Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many millions of N95 masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage.

  Kroger to sell smartphone COVID antigen test

Kroger plans to sell a smartphone-enabled, at-home COVID-19 antigen test once it's approved by the FDA.

  Vaccine supply shortages complicate push to inoculate

There are several COVID-19 vaccines on the market and many more in the pipeline, but making enough vaccine doses for the entire world could take years due to manufacturing challenges.

  Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

Some states are still working through an initial phase that prioritizes health workers and nursing home residents. Many states have divided the second phase into tiers that put grocery workers lower than others, including people 65 and over, teachers and first responders.

  Wife visits husband with COVID-19 through hospital window for months

The couple’s children and grandchildren also visit at the window, which is now covered with love notes.

  WHO authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization’s green light for the AstraZeneca vaccine should trigger the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to countries that have signed up for the U.N.-backed COVAX effort.

  What you need to know before getting your vaccine at a pharmacy

One million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were sent to about 6,500 pharmacies last week.

  Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for ‘defending science’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

  Two long-married doctors spend Valentine’s Day giving people COVID-19 vaccinations

Two doctors married for 29 years decided to spend their Valentine’s Day in New Haven at a vaccine clinic. There is no place they’d rather be.

Monday, February 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Monday, Feb. 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  New US COVID variants increase pressure to vaccinate people

In Alabama, the state has often been at the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s per capita list for getting shots into arms.

  COVID-19 shots might be tweaked if variants get worse

Viruses mutate constantly and it takes just the right combination of particular mutations to escape vaccination.

  New enrollment window opens for health insurance shoppers

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help.

  New Zealand city going into 3-day lockdown after virus found

New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland will go into a three-day lockdown beginning just before midnight Sunday following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community.

  Average US virus cases dip below 100K for 1st time in months

Average daily new coronavirus cases in the United States have dipped below 100,000 in recent days for the first time in months.

Video shows gym customer shoving trainer in dispute over mask policy

A fitness trainer confronted an angry man refusing to wear a mask at a Chicago-area gym.

Sunday, February 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Sunday, Feb. 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

On bleak Valentine’s Day, Americans find hope in roses, vaccines

The notecards poking from bouquets rushing out of a Chicago florist all carry similar messages: “Looking forward to celebrating in person.”

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups reopen as Democrats push for more aid

HealthCare.gov’s market for subsidized health plans reopens Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits.

  Tight supply creates reluctance over federal vaccine sites

The Biden administration’s virus response plan calls for opening 100 federally supported vaccination sites by the end of February.

  Local woman battling coronavirus, staph infection since end of November finally released from hospital

A local woman who was fighting COVID-19 and a staph infection for months in the hospital, is now on the road to recovery.

  With Spanish Town canceled, downtown bars and restaurants prepare for yet another financial hit

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber expects most bars and restaurants downtown to be empty this weekend. The lack of Mardi Gras festivities and the cold weather will keep most home.

Airlines push White House to reject testing for US flights

Leaders of several major U.S. airlines met online Friday with White House officials to press their case against requiring coronavirus tests for passengers on domestic flights, saying it would undermine the already fragile industry.

  CDC: Strong evidence in-person schooling can be done safely

President Joe Biden requested updated guidance when he took office, responding to complaints that the CDC’s school guidelines under the Trump administration were unclear and inconsistent.

  Vitamin C and zinc don’t help fight COVID, study says

The report concluded that the supplements did nothing to help people with COVID, even when taken in high doses.

  Cuomo administration ‘froze’ over nursing home COVID-19 data requests

The new figures come as the Cuomo administration has been forced in recent weeks to acknowledge it has been underreporting the overall number of COVID-19 deaths among long-term care residents.