Number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in Baton Rouge area

Frontline ER nurse dies of coronavirus, remembered as smiling, caring nurse

  Judge Roy Moore to represent Life Tabernacle Church

MID TAP holding drive-thru crawfish, jambalaya fundraiser to benefit cancer patients & employees experiencing hardship

  LSU team creates masks, ventilator parts for physicians treating patients with COVID-19

  Gov. Edwards announces state-led program to help small businesses affected by COVID-19 pandemic

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Small business owners can apply for payroll protection through CARES Act

  Should you wear a mask in public? Healthcare pros say it’s being researched, but could provide false sense of security

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Everything you need to know related to Baton Rouge area impact of COVID-19

Curfews issued in La. during COVID-19 pandemic

  La. National Guard distributing medical supplies across the state

  Louisiana Rising: Songs From Home to air statewide, commercial free

  Why an La. restaurant owner lets one couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

There's always a line outside MePa's Diner in Central, especially since the governor ordered all restaurants to serve take-out only.

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.

  LSU announces spring intersession, as well as summer courses to be held online

LSU officials announced Wednesday, April 1 that all spring intersession and summer courses will be held online due to the spread of COVID-19.

  Arrest made in deadly shooting on Boulevard de Province in November

The Baton Rouge Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting that happened in November of 2019.

BRG Foundation launches COVID-19 fund to support needs of hospital, staff

CATS restructuring routes to adjust to ongoing stay-at-home order from governor

La. adding more workers to take unemployment applications

WATCH LIVE: Latest news conference on COVID-19

  Cleaning tips to help disinfect the home during quarantine

BBB warns of Census scams

All Louisiana Lottery locations to remain closed through April

The Louisiana Lottery’s Baton Rouge headquarters, regional prize payment offices and distribution center will remain closed through the end of April in order to comply with the Governor’s extended stay-at-home mandate which also directs state office buildings to be closed to the public.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge create scavenger hunt smartphone game

Officials with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge have created an engaging scavenger hunt game for children to safely use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LDWF: Hunting and fishing are still perfectly legal during COVID-19 pandemic

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) want to assure Louisiana residents they can still hunt and fish during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at La. nursing homes

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health announced they have identified COVID-19 clusters in 47 nursing homes in the state.

THE LATEST: Confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in La.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, a family of viruses known to cause a range of respiratory illnesses.

  ‘The church is not a building': Pastor asks for forgiveness of suspected arsonist

The room is not attached to the church. The building was a total loss.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

Family of 6 escapes house fire Wednesday morning

Officials say two adults and four children, ages three to 18, were able to escape “with literally the clothes on their backs.”

St. John Parish imposes curfew on all residents beginning Wednesday night

The curfew will run everyday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  Can your landlord evict you during the COVID-19 crisis?

Many now face the real possibility of not having enough money to pay rent on April 1.

  Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.

La. lawmakers made a brief return to the capitol building due to COVID-19, budget still needs approval

State lawmakers will be notified when to return to the capitol building as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb.

‘Don’t take it lightly,’: Unlikely coronavirus survivor’s story and message for others

Still wearing a mask out of an abundance of caution, Yvonne Walters says she's still trying to understand what happened the past month.

  Gov. Edwards signs proclamation for out-of-state medical professionals to practice in La.

On Tuesday, March 31, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that eases medical licensure laws to make it easier for healthcare professionals from out-of-state to come to Louisiana to practice during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival to launch online music sessions in April

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be launching a new online music series in April.

  BR Health District begins shipping out donated personal protective equipment to BR area hospitals

The Baton Rouge Health District shipped the first round of donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to seven local hospitals Tuesday, March 31, providing a major shot in the arm to healthcare facilities that are anticipating a surge in new COVID-19 cases, which will strain supply stockpiles.

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs reports 14 cases, including 4 deaths, related to COVID-19

Officials with the VA say they are in constant contact with their residents and their families and that they continue to follow CDC and LDH guidelines.

  There are job opportunities in the Baton Rouge area during the pandemic, BRAC says

There is a devastating number growing in Louisiana and it’s not just the number of COVID-19 cases. In the last two weeks, over 120,000 people applied for unemployment in Louisiana, as non-essential businesses have had to close up shop.

La. roads remain open during stay-at-home order; Plaquemine Ferry tolls waived

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) reported there are no plans to close state roads due to COVID-19.

OLOL working ‘one week ahead’ in treating COVID-19

Leaders with Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center said Tuesday, March 31 they are working one week ahead, anticipating the issues that might arise as their number of COVID-19 patients increases.

  New tech, old school methods come together to keep people fit while gyms remain closed

It has been two weeks since a governor’s order closed all gyms in Louisiana in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Blount, like other gym owners across the state, has been faced with the same problem: keeping members fit while locked out of the gym.

Army Corps of Engineers could open Bonnet Carre Spillway Friday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says new Mississippi River projections could force them to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway as early as this week.

White Star Market in Baton Rouge announces it will not reopen after coronavirus shutdown

White Star Market on Government Street in Baton Rouge has announced it will not reopen after the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Baton Rouge Business Report says.

  2 EBR inmates test positive for COVID-19; wing of prison quarantined

Authorities with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office say two inmates at the parish prison have tested positive for COVID-19.

Bureau of Prisons releases statement after death of inmate at Oakdale FCC

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has released a statement after several inmates and staff at Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex tested positive for COVID-19.

2 transported after wreck on Wyoming Street

Emergency responders say two people have been transported to a local hospital in serious condition after a wreck Tuesday, March 31.

Baton Rouge to receive over $3M for coronavirus response

Baton Rouge is set to receive $3.2 million in grant money for coronavirus response. It’s the result of the CARES Act, which was just passed by lawmakers and signed into law by President Donald Trump.

New Orleans using Smoothie King Center to house equipment in COVID-19 fight; Lowe’s makes significant donation

New Orleans Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Tuesday afternoon will be processing truckloads of donated items from the home improvement store Lowe’s in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

La. Dept. of Education issues guidance to support continuous learning for students with disabilities

In response to the statewide closure of school facilities to students to curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Louisiana Department of Education today released a suite of resources to support continuous learning for students with disabilities.

  Our Lady of the Lake opens Livingston Parish COVID-19 testing site

Our Lady of the Lake announced the opening of a drive through novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site at its Livingston campus located at 5000 O’Donovan Blvd in Walker.

No new cases of COVID-19 at Lambeth House nursing home

All patients who recently tested positive for the virus have now recovered.

  In preparation of COVID-19 surge, leaders ask for healthcare volunteers

The community testing site will be open from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

  UL Lafayette researchers leading statewide project to enlist COVID-19 volunteers

University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers are helping bolster the state’s health care system as it grapples with an ever-growing number of coronavirus cases.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road Closures/Lane Shifts

Here is a list of current road closures in the area.

  50 storage units destroyed by Tuesday morning fire

Firefighters were forced to break into storage units to contain the blaze.

Shaq says he ‘had no idea’ what went on behind scenes at Joe Exotic’s zoo

The NBA Hall of Fame center attempted to clarify his visit to the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park.

  BRG Infection Preventionist answers COVID-19 FAQ

A Baton Rouge General Infection Preventionist answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

  La. governor says he has not put pressure on officials to stop gatherings at Central church; DA says matter still under investigation

Central Mayor David Barrow has released a new statement in regards to a pastor who continues to hold services despite Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home order.

  Funeral homes adjust services based on federal guidelines

At this point, the coronavirus has probably in some way impacted your life. Even those that mourn their loved ones are being forced to change the way they comfort one another. Baton Rouge area funeral directors are working on new ways to accommodate large families.

Crews respond to house fire on John Henry Road

Units from the St. George and Baton Rouge fire departments were called out to a house fire Monday, March 30.

  Baton Rouge bars, restaurants will not have alcohol permits revoked due to non-payment of local taxes, mayor says

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says bars and restaurants in East Baton Rouge Parish will not have their alcohol licenses revoked due to non-payment of local taxes for the rest of 2020.

NCAA grants spring-sport athletes year of eligibility lost to coronavirus

The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday, March 30 to grant spring-sport athletes the year of eligibility they lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Edwards says La. will receive 150 additional ventilators from President Trump

Governor John Bel Edwards says President Donald Trump has committed to sending 150 ventilators to Louisiana to help health officials fight COVID-19 and work to care for a surge patients.

NOPD arrests organizer of second line seen in viral video

Cecil Spencer, 38, arrested Monday afternoon.

  Denham Springs marshal pleads for people to stay home after being hospitalized with coronavirus in both lungs

The Denham Springs marshal, Joe Shumate, is very well-known not only in Livingston Parish, but also to much of the law enforcement community, so this one did hit home for many people. Shumate says he’s hoping people will listen that coronavirus is real.

  Woman questions why area craft stores remain open

As businesses deemed “essential” remain open, some are questioning why some particular businesses fall under those guidelines. Craft stores are one example.

LSP: La./Texas state line not ‘closed’, but some restrictions apply

Louisiana State Police officials say they’ve received numerous calls about Louisianans traveling to Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Non-profit set to feed furloughed hospitality workers in Baton Rouge

A non-profit operation in Baton Rouge will provide meals for furloughed hospitality workers.

  Supplemental SNAP benefits in response to COVID-19 will be issued to many Louisiana households

Many Louisiana households who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in March will see an extra boost on their SNAP cards Tuesday, following a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizing supplemental SNAP benefits to bring each household to its maxim

  Telemedicine options become increasingly more affordable, popular

What are my options to see a doctor if I can't leave the house? Telemedicine has become an increasingly more popular option.

  Arson destroys convenience store car wash

Investigators said a fire that destroyed the car wash at a convenience store was intentionally set Monday, March 30.

AARP La. hosts statewide telephone town hall

AARP Louisiana will host a statewide telephone town hall Wednesday, April 1 to provide helpful information about COVID-19 and its impact on Louisianans.

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Colleges and universities in Baton Rouge have announced postponements of graduation and commencement ceremonies as the threat of COVID-19 bears down.

  Pharmaceutical company donates hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to benefit La. COVID-19 patients

Amneal Pharmaceuticals is donating 400,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to Louisiana to help respond to the COVID-19 health emergency, officials announced Monday, March 30.

Louisianans always find a #ReasonToSmile; what’s yours?

There are more than enough reasons to feel anxious right now, but there are also plenty of reasons to smile, and that’s what we want to focus on right now.

Being a mom in the medical field during the coronavirus pandemic

During this time, the coronavirus outbreak has affected many people, especially working moms. Moms in the medical field have shifted their everyday routines before heading home from work.

Travel not banned between Louisiana and Texas; travel quarantine expanded from Gov. Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced orders restricting travel to Texas from some COVID-19 “hot spots."

  Man fatally shot at Airline Highway food mart, police say

Baton Rouge police detectives are investigating the shooting death of Jason Nixon, 36.