COVID-19

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Gov. John Bel Edwards loosened Louisiana’s coronavirus restrictions Thursday to allow bars to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. — one hour later than the previous restrictions allowed.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

Heading into Labor Day weekend, Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed concern that evacuations from Hurricane Laura could fuel the spread of the coronavirus.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported every day has been declining over the past month, but Louisiana’s battle with the coronavirus is far from over.

Schools are now required to report known and suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Louisiana Department of Health as part of an “early warning system,” according to an emergency order from State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry.

New Orleans’ youngest public school students will return to the classroom full-time starting in mid-September, the district announced late last week. Older students will continue to learn virtually until at least mid-October.

For weeks, Tulane University has been in the midst of a massive testing initiative — screening every student, staff and faculty member for COVID-19 before allowing them to return to campus for the start of classes on Aug. 19.

Five students and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of New Orleans since Aug. 10, UNO President John Nicklow said in a campus message Thursday.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has recorded 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in 16 schools, according to a statement released Wednesday. As a result, approximately 150 students, faculty and staff are in quarantine.

An employee at Edward Hynes Charter School at the University of New Orleans has tested positive for COVID-19, charter spokesperson Cheron Brylski said in a statement.

New Orleans students could return to the classroom after Labor Day if current data trends continue, Superintendent Henderson Lewis said at a press conference Wednesday.

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