Coronavirus

Preparing for hurricane season takes a lot of planning, and the pandemic makes that even tougher. But officials in New Orleans say they’re taking extra precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus during evacuations and sheltering, if and when those steps are necessary.

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As more and more states are loosening social distancing measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that the state will enter the second phase of reopening on Friday.

The Krewe of Red Beans has expanded its Feed the Frontlines program beyond hospitals to help the city’s cultural cornerstones.

Louisiana is scheduled to enter Phase 2 of coronavirus reopening as early as next week. But even if that happens, there’s no guarantee that New Orleans will as well.

The co-founders of Cash Money Records are donating $225,000 to help cover the rent payments for hundreds of public housing residents.

Any day now, you could be getting a call from a contact tracer with the Louisiana Department of Health. These are the people hired to track the transmission of the coronavirus when a new case pops up.

Translated by Maria Luisa Rosal. (Leer en inglés)

Las y los expertos en salud y defensoras y defensores de los derechos de las y los trabajadores dicen que no están sorprendidos por los recientes brotes de coronavirus en la industria del crawfish y advierten que el virus continuará propagándose a menos que la industria haga cambios para proteger mejor a las y los trabajadores.

Before the coronavirus, people would line the block waiting to get a table at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, a Treme neighborhood restaurant that serves world-famous fried chicken. Now the block sits quiet — the dining room closed indefinitely and line-forming a dangerous act.

Wallis Watkins / WRKF

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $30 billion state budget and supplemental spending bills that utilize nearly $1 billion in federal funds to make up for revenues lost because of the coronavirus, sparing most state agencies and programs from deep cuts.

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