COVID-19

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A Louisiana judge upheld Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate, closure of bars and 50-person limit on indoor gatherings Thursday, rejecting four Jefferson Parish business owners’ claims that the state’s coronavirus restrictions violate their constitutional rights.

More than 4,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana, six months into the still-raging coronavirus pandemic.

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Representatives of Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration were in court Wednesday defending the state’s coronavirus restrictions during the preliminary hearings in a legal challenge brought by four Jefferson Parish business owners.

Paul Braun / WRKF

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Tuesday that Louisiana will remain under Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions for another 21 days as the state attempts to build upon recent gains in its fight against the virus.

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The Louisiana Department of Health has revoked the food permit for Firehouse BBQ in Watson for failure to comply with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. It's the first punitive action the state has taken against a restaurant for failure to comply with Edwards’ coronavirus regulations.

But the restaurant remains open in defiance of the state’s sanctions. 

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The executive order keeping Louisiana in Phase 2 of reopening from the coronavirus is set to expire at the end of next week. But Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that Louisianans shouldn’t expect any big changes.

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As Congress debates a fifth coronavirus relief package and the future of the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit that’s set to expire at the end of the month, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the lower amount proposed by Senate Republicans is not enough to support individuals thrown out of work by the coronavirus.

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Law offices, full-service restaurants and doctor’s offices pulled in the most loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so far, according to an analysis of the data by New Orleans Public Radio and WRKF.

On a scorecard evaluating the work states are doing to prevent homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, Louisiana received 0 out of 5 stars.

A recently-published paper from Tulane University’s School of Social Work finds what we already knew to be true — isolation is bad for mental health. The school has developed a website to help. New Orleans Public Radio talked with one of the authors about how to stay sane during a global pandemic.

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