COVID-19

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and state health officials announced Thursday that the state is anticipating its largest weekly allocation of coronavirus vaccine doses next week, paving the way for more Louisianans to gain protection from COVID-19.

Paul Braun / WRKF

Louisiana is “ready to go” once the federal government approves emergency use of the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday.

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A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, according to a tweet from Edwards’ office.

Paul Braun / WRKF

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.

Betsy Shepherd / WWNO

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.

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