COVID-19

New Orleans is so familiar with catastrophe, sometimes it feels like the way we answer it is part of our community character. We are defiant, we are resilient, we carry on, and we do it together.

The city that puts the fun in funerals has made revelry in the face of adversity a civic virtue, and has embraced hospitality as the front line of recovery. We need to reframe that part of our character as we get through the coronavirus crisis.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton tested positive for coronavirus, ESPN first reported Thursday

When the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Louisiana on March 9, we all took a collective, stumbling step into a new world.

This new world has a lot of hand washing and hand wringing. Questions swirl, myths zip around the internet faster than anyone can swat them down, and anxiety climbs and climbs and climbs.

So, let's talk about it. All of it. And maybe settle it.

New Orleans is emerging as the next major hotspot for COVID-19.

A breakdown of known coronavirus cases at the county level appears to show Orleans Parish — home to New Orleans — far outpacing other jurisdictions in COVID-19 rate per capita in the U.S.  

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Coronavirus may have taken root in New Orleans, but now it is branching out across the state. East Baton Rouge Parish and Ascension got their first cases earlier this week. 

Reporter Paul Braun spoke with Dr. Catherine O’Neal, Chief Medical Officer and infectious disease specialist for Our Lady of the Lake, about how hospitals in the capital region are preparing.

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.

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