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COVID-19

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Nearly 40 percent of the state’s COVID-19 deaths were residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, but a lack of transparency and changing reporting standards from facilities and the state department of health has left residents’ loved ones in the dark.

Louisiana landlords will not be allowed to evict their tenants until June 5, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday, and while housing advocates praised the move, they say evictions should be suspended through the summer to align with federal housing protections under the CARES ACT.

For the third time this month and the second day in a row, labs are reporting their coronavirus test results to the Louisiana Department of Health for the first time, leading to what looks like an unusually high number of newly reported cases.

The Regional Transit Authority will begin ramping up public transportation service starting early Sunday morning, the agency said in a press release Wednesday.

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.

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