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Coronavirus In Louisiana: What You Need To Know Today

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 8.

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You've Got Less Mail: The Postal Service Is Suffering Amid The Coronavirus

Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET If you've checked your mail lately, you may have noticed there's just not much of it. The U.S. Postal Service could be another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. "A lot of businesses have ceased to do advertising through the mail," says Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., "and as a result, mail volume has collapsed." He says the decline could be as much as 60% by the end of the year, which he says would be "catastrophic" for the agency. The $2 trillion emergency bill...

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There's nothing like being stuck at home for weeks, maybe even months on end to turn your thumb green.

As stay-at-home orders sit firmly, lengthily in place, people are turning to gardening to give them something to do and maybe something to eat.

Seed suppliers are experiencing shortages and the phones at the Louisiana State University AgCenter are ringing off the hook with eager gardeners looking for information on what’s in season, where to get soil and how to teach kids about gardening.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 8.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that new data models show a better outlook for Louisiana in its fight against the coronavirus, even as the state department of health reported an additional 70 COVID-19 related deaths — the largest single-day increase to date.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 7.

The Louisiana Department of Health released new information on race, ethnicity and underlying conditions of those who have died of COVID-19.

NOLA Public Schools will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to students who need them at home, the school district said Monday in a press release.

Louisiana has the highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 in the nation and, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards, more than 70 percent of the people who have died so far were black.

Black people make up just 32 percent of the state's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 6.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Saturday that Louisiana will receive an additional 200 ventilators from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

They are expected to arrive soon.

Across the globe, there is massive demand for a limited supply of ventilators, which are needed to save critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has said that if the current rate of infection persists and new ventilators are not made available, the state will run out of the life-saving devices by next week.

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