Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines

A 17-year-old hostess at the Chili’s on Constitution Avenue was reportedly attacked by a group of more than 11 women after she told them they could not all sit together, per the restaurant’s COVID-19 social distancing policies.

  Nearly 150 Livingston Parish students quarantined after first week of school

Nearly 150 students in Livingston Parish have been quarantined after the first week of school, a representative with the school system confirms. A handful of faculty and staff have also been quarantined.

  Marching bands sidelined as football in Louisiana remains on hold

Some may consider the gridiron a football field, for many, it is a stage in which they perform in front of bleachers full of fans.

  ACLU sues for release of documents pertaining to COVID-19 inmate releases

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing for the release of public records about a state panel that was created to facilitate the temporary release of certain vulnerable inmates from state prison during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Edwards warns 200,000 jobless could be left out of $400 unemployment boost

Roughly 200,000 jobless Louisianans could miss out on an additional $400 weekly federal unemployment benefit because Louisiana does not have enough money to pay its share of the cost, Governor John Bel Edwards warned during his press conference Tuesday, Aug. 11.

REPORT: Big 12 continues to try to play fall football

Going against what the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided on Tuesday, August 11, presidents in the Big 12 will reportedly continue to try to have a fall college football season.

  School protocols for handling positive COVID-19 results could differ for each case

There has been growing concern about how schools will handle potential coronavirus outbreaks as students begin face-to-face learning.

Pac-12 follows Big Ten in officially postponing fall football

The Pac-12 CEO Group has voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year, the conference announced Tuesday, August 11.

Big Ten officially announces postponement of fall football; myocarditis reportedly greatly influenced decision

The Big Ten has officially become the first Power Five conference to decide not to play this fall because of health safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sankey remains comfortable with SEC medical experts’ assessment on moving forward with football season

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement via Twitter following the announcements by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to postpone football until the spring.

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil.

  Doctors say they’re seeing long-term effects on the hearts of COVID-19 patients

Doctors say they are now figuring out that COVID-19 can have long-term effects on a patient’s heart, even if the individual has fully recovered from the virus.

  Main Street Recovery: One week left for priority application period for small businesses that didn’t get federal help

Two weeks in and 12,000 businesses have submitted an application for the state’s Main Street Recovery Program.

  CareSouth hosting produce giveaways in Baton Rouge area Aug. 11-14

CareSouth Medical and Dental will be hosting drive-thru produce giveaways at its clinics in Baton Rouge, Zachary, Plaquemine, and Donaldsonville Aug. 11 through 14.

100 students sent home from Gulfport High after teacher shows symptoms of COVID-19

Dozens of students at Gulfport High have been sent home after coming into contact with a teacher who may have COVID.

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.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

Severe symptoms still appear rare among those kids infected, making up less than 2% of hospitalizations. However, at least 90 children have died from the disease.

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

With more than 60 million beneficiaries, Social Security is funded by a 12.4% payroll tax evenly divided between employees and employers. Deferral could mean that up to $100 billion in payments would be delayed.

  Owner of Firehouse BBQ speaks after being served temporary restraining order for defying mask mandate

Bunch says she is not requiring masks in her restaurant to protect some of her employees who allegedly cannot wear them because of health conditions.

  Temporary Restraining Order served to Firehouse BBQ Monday

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has served a temporary restraining order against the owner of a Livingston Parish business that has refused to comply with the governor’s COVID-19 mask mandate.

  Good ventilation practices important in COVID-19 fight

FOX 8 looked at what role good ventilation might play in minimizing Covid infections.

  Local workforce experts say new benefit package needed, though legality is questioned

People who work to assist the unemployed say the need is unprecedented. President Trump signed an order to restore unemployment benefits, but there are many questions.

  LDH attributes 4th death to Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is now reporting a fourth COVID-19-related death in connection with Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

  Non-profits stand to lose $1M in concession sales if Tiger Stadium is empty this fall

There’s still no word yet on LSU’s plans for its football season, though whatever they might be, it likely won’t be the Death Valley people are accustomed to.

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

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.

  Woman’s Hospital shares results from COVID-19 pregnancy research study

In May, Woman’s Hospital launched a survey for pregnant women to better understand the health and experiences of being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, more than 500 women have completed this survey across 340 different ZIP codes.Of the early survey participants:

Reports: Ga. Gov. not requiring masks at public schools

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has said that he will not be mandating masks be worn in all public schools, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

COVID-19 deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish

WAFB 9News is constantly monitoring and updating the number of COVID-19 cases in the Baton Rouge area and Louisiana.

  New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

  Try these free back-to-school apps to help your kid stay on the right track with assignments

Even in a more normal school year, it can be tough to keep your kids and their assignments organized. Here are a few free online resources and apps that may help keep your student on track.

  ‘Soft’ reopening of WBR schools Monday

Officials with West Baton Rouge Schools have released their plans for the 2020-2021 school year as the pandemic continues.

  Students return to school in Ascension Parish

Ascension Public Schools has created a Safe Start Procedures and Guidelines document that may be helpful to you in terms of understanding our effort to strictly comply with BESE’s requirements for openings schools.

Police: Rape suspect killed accuser after release from Va. jail due to COVID-19

After a car chase, authorities say they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken into custody but died from his injuries just days later.

College football players start #WeWantToPlay movement

Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence is leading college football players in giving their thoughts on playing the 2020 season. The players have started a #WeWantToPlay movement.

  Parents get creative helping children set up spaces for virtual learning

With help from mom, Crawford set up a space in her bedroom to help make the transition into virtual learning a bit easier.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive virus cases, closes for cleaning

The principal of North Paulding High School in a suburb west of Atlanta sent a letter Saturday to parents disclosing the positive tests.

  REPORTS: Power Five leaders hold ‘emergency meeting’ about 2020 college football season, postponement likely

Power Five conference commissioners held an “emergency meeting” on Sunday, August 9, to talk about the feasibility of playing the 2020 college football season in the fall, according to ESPN, which cited several sources.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

  REPORT: LSU DL Neil Farrell opts out of 2020 season

LSU defensive lineman Neil Farrell, a projected starter, has decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger.

Mid-American Conference cancels fall football due to virus

A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press the university president’s voted to not play in the fall and consider a spring season.

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  Work search requirements for unemployment money resume Sunday in La.

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 9, jobless Louisianans will have to prove they’re actively seeking employment in order to receive unemployment benefits.

  Doctor at OLOL has strong words for those who continue to refuse to wear face mask

The head doctor at Our Lady of the Lake has some strong words for those who refuse to wear a face mask despite repeated requests from government officials and health experts to do so.

  Decreased capacity in Tiger Stadium will lead to tens of millions in revenue loss, LSU athletic director says

Operating at a decreased capacity in Tiger Stadium amid the coronavirus pandemic will lead to tens of millions in lost revenue, LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward said in a letter to donors Friday, Aug. 7

  Iberville Parish announces delayed start for school year

Iberville Parish delay start of face to face instruction

Louisiana Department of Health says there have been 22 COVID-19 outbreaks in day cares since the pandemic started

The Louisiana Department of Health says there's been 22 Covid-19 outbreaks in daycares across the State since the pandemic started.

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  St. Helena starts first week of school online due to coronavirus pandemic

Many students returned to school the first week of August, and for a number of them, that means participating in online learning.

  Temporary restraining order issued against Livingston Parish BBQ restaurant for not following mask mandate

On Friday, Aug. 7, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been issued against a restaurant in Livingston Parish for its “excessive noncompliance with Phase 2 mitigation measures” aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss activated off Covid 19/ reserve list

Elliss activated off Covid 19/reserve list

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

LSU holds virtual graduation ceremony

On Friday, Aug. 7, LSU celebrated more than 600 spring graduates with a virtual celebration.

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups.

BR Ballet Theatre’s annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker, canceled due to ongoing pandemic

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre (BRBT) will not be performing its annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou.

  LHSAA sends revised fall sports guidelines to coaches

The Louisiana High School Sports Athletic Association (LHSAA) sent a memo on Friday, August 7, to coaches outlining revised guidelines for fall sports pertaining to COVID-19.

  BRG, United Cajun Navy partner to give boxes of food to employees working on front lines

Baton Rouge General (BRG) employees working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic were treated to a little surprise Friday morning (Aug. 7).

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

  Cox donates 135,000 face masks to OLOL

Our Lady of the Lake Health System received a generous donation on Friday, August 7 from Cox Communications.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

SEC releases medical protocols for fall sports

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has released its COVID-19 medical protocols for the upcoming fall sports season.

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

  Last day for EBR parents to pick up Chromebooks, virtual learning devices

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) is urging parents in need of devices or an internet connection for virtual learning to complete a survey at www.ebr.technology/.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

Doctors finding more COVID-19 patients with kidney damage

A study found that up to half of COVID-19 patients in ICU treatment ended up on dialysis.

  19 Zachary teachers quarantined over COVID-19 concerns; start date of school year pushed back

Nineteen teachers in the Zachary Community School District are currently quarantined due to COVID-19, the school system confirmed Thursday, Aug. 6.

  La.’s unemployment trust fund running out of money; governor says jobs are available

The latest stimulus package Congress is working on could ease some of the state's fiscal pain.

  Baton Rouge Krewe of Apollo cancels 2021 Mardi Gras ball

Bal Masque XL will take place in 2022 instead.

  Baton Rouge Judge Chip Moore signs qualifying papers from hospital

19th Judicial District Court Judge Richard “Chip” Moore, who is currently in the hospital battling the coronavirus, signed his qualifying forms to run for re-election Thursday, Aug. 6.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

  Well-known bars reclassifying as restaurants to keep doors open

A handful of Baton Rouge bars have temporarily reclassified themselves as restaurants, allowing them to continue serving customers while other watering holes remain closed to the public.

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

  Testing, masks, headline Tulane training camp

Tulane opens their season Sept. 3 against Southeastern LA.

LHSAA schools prepare for new starting date for the regular season

The new target date is October 8th

Baton Rouge Medical Advisory Board issues guidance for businesses amid coronavirus

The HealthyBR Medical Advisory Board issued recommendations and guidelines for businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Judge denies injunction to halt Gov. Edwards’ mandates forcing bar closures

Jefferson Parish bar owners and their attorneys began making their case Wednesday, Aug. 5 that Gov. John Bel Edwards overstepped his legal boundaries by ordering bars to close and banning gatherings that involve more than 50 people.

  EBR Parish School System getting parents, students ‘tech ready’ for upcoming school year

Many students in East Baton Rouge Parish are just days away from virtual learning.

  Gov. Edwards provides update on COVID-19 situation in La.

Back to school reopening plans are expected to be discussed. Students are slowly returning to campuses across the state.

  Back-to-school anxiety in kids is normal, especially during a pandemic

Parents have many questions about the school year and their children’s well-being. Anxiety in kids is one of those concerns.