Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

The U.S. is continuing a cautious state-by-state reopening, even as the president urged states to relax their lockdowns during the Memorial Day weekend.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

The White House announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus.

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

Spectators weren't allowed inside Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. But that didn't stop some fans from making the trip and listening to the roar of engines from an an independently owned motorhome campground a few hundred yards from the track.

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale.

  Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

People around the country are struggling to find ways to honor fallen heroes on a Memorial Day like no other, with people avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data.

Health experts give safety tips for enjoying Memorial Day activities

Infectious disease experts gave a scale of which events would be the riskiest to attend on Memorial Day.

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery.

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Press conferences, 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.

  FDA commissioner urges Americans to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding Americans to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It's not going to happen.

  Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

The U.S. has been the hardest hit country, with more than 96,000 deaths among 1.6 million confirmed cases.

Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak ti

  Mo. hair stylist works while symptomatic, tests positive for coronavirus

Between May 12 and May 20, a stylist at a Great Clips came in contact with 84 clients and seven coworkers, who now all will be tested for the coronavirus.

Trump’s disconnect with DC widens during viral pandemic

The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz's principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

  Organized youth sports resume play in Baton Rouge

Organized youth sports resume in earnest Memorial Day weekend, as nearly 100 teams travel to Baton Rouge to play in the Governor’s Games baseball tournament.

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.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Many await refunds for months as cruise lines say they're backed up from a high volume of requests.

  Class of 2020: Born amid terrorist attack, flooded freshman year, and coronavirus robs them of final senior moments

They’re the moments just about every high school senior looks forward to, the last few months, but the Class of 2020 was pretty much robbed, and the graduating class of Denham Springs High School may have had it even harder.

Mayor Broome partners with Dollar General to increase food access

To help expand access to affordable and nutritious foods for communities Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a partnership with Dollar General.

  Baton Rouge first responders given socks by Feetures Socks, Soles4Souls

First responders in Baton Rouge got a little special something Friday afternoon to thank them for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Universal Orlando sets reopening date

The resort said it will begin welcoming guests again on June 5.

  Memorial Day Weekend 2020 deals and savings

This Memorial Day weekend will probably be very different compared to previous ones. But there is one thing that surely stays the same: Memorial Day weekend deals!

Uber Eats rolls out more ‘Family Style Meals’

A full rollout in the United States and Canada will come by June.

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.

Mother holds newborn for first time after spending 72 days hospitalized with Covid-19

Trichelle McDaniel came to Touro's Emergency Room on March 11th with flu-like symptoms. She was 35 weeks pregnant. It was soon discovered she was positive for Covid-19. She went into preterm labor and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

La. to receive nearly $100M for skilled nursing facilities to help combat COVID-19

Louisiana is set to receive $98,475,000 for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the state to help combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

New crisis counseling text line now available in La.

A new crisis counseling text line is now available to provide free, confidential, 24/7 support for people.

Gov. says April unemployment rate for La. slightly lower than national average, but still more than double usual

On Friday, May 22, Governor John Bel Edwards released some information in regards to April’s unemployment figures for the state.

  Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread.

Matthew McConaughey delivers 110K face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor is out delivering personal protective equipment to rural Texas hospitals.

  Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Friday’s report in the journal Lancet is not a rigorous test of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, but it is by far the largest look at their use in real world settings, spanning 671 hospitals on six continents.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Memorial Day, Harry Potter and Gibson guitars

The National Memorial Day Concert, Gibson Guitar's new show and a Harry Potter-themed play get a virtual premiere.

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons. Officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Trump orders flags at half-staff in memory of coronavirus victims

This will also be the scene at government buildings and national monuments throughout the U.S.

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.

  AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history.

  SU hosting mask giveaway, drive-thru food distribution event Friday

Southern University is hosting a mask giveaway and drive-thru food distribution event Friday, May 22.

  BREC announces registration for online and in-person summer camps

This summer BREC will offer a variety of activities, experiences and camps to serve as many children as possible while following state and federal recommendations to ensure the safety of campers and camp staff.

  CDC estimates 35% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic

The numbers are part of new guidance the CDC is providing leaders to help them from planning.

  Classic arcade game Pac-Man turns 40 on Friday

One of the most popular video games of all time is now 40 years old.

  Nation’s capital aims to start reopening May 29

Bowser on Thursday penciled in Friday, May 29 as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan.

  Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

  'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits.

  LSU students will return to campus come fall, but there will be changes

LSU Interim President Tom Galligan says students will take classes on campus in the fall, but there will be some changes.

  Baseball, softball parks reopen for practices in Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment says all of the parish’s baseball and softball parks are now open for practice sessions only beginning Thursday, May 21.

  Opening day for Mississippi casinos; here’s a look inside

Steady crowds showed up on the Gulf Coast today, as the state of Mississippi gave the green light to open a dozen casinoes after COVID-19 shut them down nine weeks ago.

  LDH says contact tracers might call; answer to help stop the spread

There’s a chance you will get a call from one of those contact tracers the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) hired to help track the spread of COVID-19. This unfamiliar number, 877-766-2130, might pop up on your caller ID.

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

Downtown Baton Rouge Express Employment Professionals will be hosting a drive-thru job fair May 29.

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

As Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern times, the world’s greatest deliberative body is doing almost anything but deliberate the coronavirus.

  Facebook to allow employees to work from home for the rest of 2020

CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes over the next five to 10 years, half of the company could be working remotely fulltime.

  Despite any certainty about fans in stadiums, more than a hundred people sign up for Vegas trip to see Saints play

Juliet Pappalardo, though, hasn’t traveled in months, and even with so much uncertainty about the future of travel, she signed up for a trip to see the Saints play in Las Vegas.

  As Louisiana sees spikes in COVID cases, no evidence of second wave yet

A day shy of Governor John Bel Edwards’ Phase 1 reopening of the state’s economy, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported several spikes in coronavirus cases.

  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.

Broadway star Cordero suffers setback in coronavirus recovery, wife says

His wife Amanda Kloots said his health was going downhill during an Instagram Live video stream.

  BREC’S Baton Rouge Zoo reopens to the public

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has announced plans for the reopening process.

  Lockdown exhaustion got you beat? Try these tips from local psychologists to boost your mood

If you’ve been feeling more exhausted by the end of your day recently, psychologists say you can partially blame it on the two-month lockdown.

  Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

Vitalant launches new campaign to encourage blood donation during pandemic

The country’s largest non-profit independent blood collector, Vitalant, says there is a critical blood shortage since supplies have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Faith groups help people file for unemployment during virus outbreak

Many are frustrated, confused and desperate just trying to file unemployment. Some faith groups are stepping up to help.

  Domino’s looking to hire 150 team members across Baton Rouge

Domino’s franchise-owned locations across more than 20 stores in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas are looking to hire 150 new team members. Positions include delivery drivers, customer service representatives, and assistant managers.

  Before and after pictures show nurse’s battle with coronavirus

The 43-year-old’s saga began in early March before any of the social distancing restrictions were in place.

  Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from US prison

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was released from federal prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home.

  Politicians seek to reassure as doubts swirl over coronavirus pandemic safety; unemployment rises

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the unemployment rate could peak in May or June at 20% to 25% — a level unseen since the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

  ‘Invisible demon’: Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes

The coronavirus has had no regard for health care quality or ratings as it has swept through nursing homes around the world, killing efficiently even in highly rated care centers.

Southern University engineering staff and students producing 3D masks

Staff and students of the Southern University College of Sciences and Engineering are doing there part in helping combat the COVID-19 pandemic by running a lab full of 3-D printers to manufacture parts for reusable masks to be used by healthcare professionals.

  Coronavirus outbreaks reported at some churches with in-person services

Reopening churches for in-person services brings an increased risk of infection.

  Residents call for action after dozens of people ignore social distancing, gather at Ga. river

Homeowners living near the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Georgia are fed up after they say large groups of people gathered near the river this weekend.

Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works closing stores in Canada, US

L Brands announced that approximately 250 Victoria's Secret and 51 Bath & Body Works stores.

  Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same

Even as some universities abandon hope of in-person instruction next semester, citing concerns from public health officials, dozens are announcing plans to welcome students back in August.

  Rare illness in children linked to COVID-19

A rare COVID-related illness has been found in children across the country.

  Food distribution for West Baton Rouge Parish residents scheduled for May 21

Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish government say they are partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to distribute food to parish residents Thursday, May 21.

  Tenants accused of not social distancing face eviction from Ala. senior living facility

Six residents at the apartment complex have tested positive for COVID-19, and three have died, according to the city housing authority.

  City roads gets smooth upgrade during quarantine period

Much of Baton Rouge returned to work on Friday, May 15, and when they did, they may have noticed a few differences during their daily commute.

Hamlin scores 2nd win of season at rain-shortened Darlington

NASCAR's second race back during the coronavirus pandemic was delayed nearly 90 minutes then stopped with 20 laps remaining because of rain.

  La. Farm Bureau president released from hospital after 64 days battling COVID-19

The longtime president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation just spent his 72nd birthday hooked up to a ventilator at Baton Rouge General. He has now been hospitalized for 57 days.

  OLOL in need of homemade masks

Officials with Our Lady of The Lake (OLOL) hospital are asking for donations of homemade masks as healthcare workers are still battling COVID-19.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Nursing home spokeswoman raises questions about LDH coronavirus data

Leaders at Old Jefferson Community Care Center say they are concerned about how coronavirus data is being reported by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

  Back to business, but not business as usual as nations open

Schools, offices, public transportation, bars and restaurants are now on the front lines of post-lockdown life — back in business, in many cases, but not business as usual.

Graduation ceremonies draw thousands despite pandemic fears

High schools nationwide have canceled or postponed traditional graduation ceremonies to avoid worsening the spread of the new coronavirus, but some plunged ahead with full-fledged springtime commencement exercises as usual, with tweaks to account for health concerns.

New Orleans officials say COVID-19 disproportionately affecting Hispanic and Latino community

The New Orleans Health Department Director says the Latino community is seeing much higher Covid-19 infection rates compared to the rest of the population.

  Barber and dog groomer form unexpected bond

An unlikely duo were able to help each other out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Edwards hopes to make Phase 2 determination on June 1

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in his monthly radio show Wednesday, May 20 he is hopeful he will be able to determine June 1 if the state can move forward with Phase Two of reopening the economy.

  Recent graduates ready to serve, support patients as healthcare workers

The drive-thru graduations seen across the state have become a symbol of courage as these newcomers to medicine block out the coronavirus noise.

NCAA weighs end to moratorium amid push to offer fall sports

The moratorium on athletic activities for all sports currently runs through May 31.

  Lawmakers urge state to protect privacy while contact tracing

A House committee on Wednesday, May 20 urged the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to limit how it acquires information from COVID-19 patients through contact tracing, a process where state workers conduct interviews to identify people who’ve been exposed to the virus.

  Late mortgage payments on the rise; experts explain what this means for housing market

When unemployment goes up, so does the number of people who can’t pay their bills on time.

  Baton Rouge government buildings reopening with new guidelines

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Friday, May 15 that all city-parish buildings will be open to the public Wednesday, May 20 with strict protective and physical distancing guidelines.

EBRCOA announces Phase 1 reopening of senior centers, meal sites

On Monday, May 18, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) announced that effective Wednesday, May 20, 14 senior centers and meal sites will reopen for drive-thru meal pickup and congregate hot meals.

  Students with disabilities are receiving unequal education in remote learning

When coronavirus hit, the U.S. Department of Education initially gave confusing guidance to states and schools on how to do remote learning for special education students. Months later some students still aren't getting the services they need, which is required by federal law.

Pelosi: ‘Morbidly obese’ was taste of Trump’s ‘own medicine’

They have sparred since the beginning of the Trump presidency and more sharply since Pelosi ascended to the speakership in 2019, for the second time.

Memorial Day travel will be a record-setter, but not in a good way, AAA says

Things are bad enough that AAA didn’t release its annual holiday weekend travel forecast this year.

  Trump threatens funds for states easing voting in pandemic

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to hold up federal funds for two battleground states because they are trying to make it easier to vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Biden warns of ‘abuse of power’ in measured Trump critique

Speaking to Columbia University Law School graduates via video, Biden urged them to “protect the very foundations of democracy.”