Coronavirus

Tulane University announced Friday that students will be allowed to return for in-person classes this spring, but will still be subject to regular COVID-19 testing in a continued effort to control the spread of the virus.

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Republican state lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Tuesday that would rein in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency powers, accomplishing the top item on their to- do list for this special session.

But lawmakers’ efforts may be rendered moot by the Democratic governor’s veto pen.

Last week as the nation watched COVID-19 infections climb for the third time in 2020, two pharmaceutical companies paused their clinical trials — one for a potential vaccine, another for a possible treatment.

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A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ staff is in self-isolation after testing positive for the COVID-19, according to a news release issued by the governor.

The Louisiana Department of Health has named Dr. Joseph Kanter as the new interim assistant secretary of public health — a job that will see him play a crucial role in managing the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Orleans will enter Phase 3 of reopening on Saturday, Oct. 3, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Thursday at a press conference.

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Louisiana will no longer accept new applications from small businesses for the state’s coronavirus relief fund, State Treasurer John Shroder announced Tuesday.

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The Louisiana Legislature met briefly Monday to officially kick off the second special session of the year.

But as Paul Braun reports, the real work starts today. 

School administrators were optimistic that a quick pivot to online learning could rescue the start of the school year in Southwest Louisiana, where Hurricane Laura hit late last month. Now, the region’s largest district has announced that virtual learning will be optional, citing a lack of internet access.

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The Louisiana Legislature will convene its second special session of year at 6 p.m. Monday to address the state’s coronavirus restrictions, Hurricane Laura recovery efforts and the dwindling unemployment trust fund.

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