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Wednesday's report from the Louisiana Department of Health shows the biggest single-day increase in reported COVID-19 cases since May 1 but, once again, that's not cause for alarm.

As the start hurricane season nears and officials make their preparations, their plans are complicated by extremely unusual circumstances: the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of New Orleans will slowly start reopening on Saturday. Mayor LaToya Cantrell detailed how the first phase of a four-phased reopening will work during a press conference Tuesday.

D’Artanian DeJean is a hopper — the one who jumps off the garbage truck to grab your bin and empty it. It’s not an easy job in the best of times, he said. Heavy loads, low pay, risks of injury without benefits, the kind of job where you hope to work overtime just to earn $400 a week to cover your bills.

Louisiana hasn’t “declared victory” and “it’s not mission accomplished,” but Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state will begin its first step towards more normal times on Friday.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and health department director Dr. Jennifer Avegno shared the citywide COVID-19 data and federal guidelines they're working with as they move toward reopening the city.

Louisiana can begin Phase One of reopening on Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced at a Monday press conference. 

Another 2,292 Louisianians who were known to have COVID-19 are presumed to have recovered, according to the latest report from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

Many of the New Orleanians responding to the COVID-19 disaster by starting food relief programs don’t think of it as charity. They think of it as solidarity. Mutual aid.

Update Saturday, May 9. 5:00 a.m.: A representative of Sen. Kennedy is disputing The Hill's report. She said the senator made the statement in question about various bills for state and local funding, not stimulus checks.  The Hill later updated its story to say there had been a "misunderstanding about the question."  WWNO/WRKF has changed its headline and story to reflect that. 

Few states are facing a tougher economic climate than Louisiana, which has been devastated by both the coronavirus pandemic and a plummeting oil market.

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