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Gov. John Bel Edwards told Louisiana residents to expect a spike in COVID-19 cases in the next 24 to 36 hours as state testing capacity increases and a wave of more than 1,000 commercial test results are returned.

Edwards announced that the state now has 257 COVID-19 cases and the death of two more residents of the Lambeth House retirement community in New Orleans. He later announced the death of a Jefferson Parish resident, bringing the death toll in the state to seven.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2020 has been rescheduled from its spring dates, April 23 through May 3, to the fall, organizers announced Tuesday evening.

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Louisiana is taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in state prisons and jails.

On Tuesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux announced strict visitation limits at the parish jail, in the latest effort to limit the spread of coronavirus among vulnerable populations. District Attorney Hillar Moore, meanwhile, said his office is looking into ways to reduce the jail population while balancing considerations of public health and public safety.

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will begin reducing the frequency of buses, streetcars and ferries to help minimize the community spread of COVID-19, according to a press release.

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced plans to shut down casinos, bars and theaters and restrict restaurants to take-out service. Gatherings of 50 people or more are banned.

The scene outside Paul Habans Charter School was friendly and organized Monday morning as parents and caregivers filtered in to pick up lunches for students who are no longer able to attend school due to the statewide cancellation.

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Just one week into the 2020 Regular Session, Louisiana lawmakers voted to adjourn until the end of the month over growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the state.

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By Ally Kadlubar and Paul Braun

Louisiana’s first drive-through coronavirus testing clinic is now open at Baton Rouge General’s Mid-City Campus, as of 1 p.m. Monday.

New Orleans is one of four cities to participate in a new federal pilot program for drive-through testing for COVID-19, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Sunday.

The coronavirus has hit New Orleans’ hospitality industry especially hard. Most workers don’t have paid sick leave or health insurance. Working remotely isn’t an option. And the city’s new social distancing measures will result in fewer shifts and job cuts.

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