COVID-19

Today marks day two of the new state-wide requirement for everyone to wear a mask or face-covering in public. But the measure announced by Governor John Bel Edwards over the weekend is already sparking resistance. For more on masks and the state of the virus in Louisiana, reporter Rosemary Westwood spoke with Dr. Joseph Kanter of the Louisiana Department of Health, where he’s the director of Region One.

Here are the key takeaways:

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not meet with Mike Pence when the vice president visits Baton Rouge Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.

Mark Ballard of The Advocate reports that Landry notified his staff of his diagnosis with an email Tuesday.

“Out of an overabundance of caution with the Vice President coming to our state, I was tested for Cornavirus,” Landry wrote. “Though experiencing no symptoms, I tested positive for COVID-19.”

Many Louisiana schools are scheduled to reopen next month, but if the state is still in Phase 2 of reopening, high contact sports like football will not resume.

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has imposed a statewide mask mandate and new social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that a member of his staff has tested positive for COVID-19.  

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Face coverings will now be mandatory in East Baton Rouge Parish businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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The first special legislative session of 2020 is in the books. In the final day, state lawmakers passed bills that would shield schools from civil liability during the coronavirus pandemic, expand business tax breaks, and enact “historic” tort reform legislation.

A bill meant to shield schools from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards for final approval, but late changes made by a conference committee raised concerns on the House floor and almost killed the legislation.

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Louisiana lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement on tort reform, passed extensive tax breaks for businesses, voted to shield schools from civil liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, and passed the $34 billion state operating budget just one day before the start of the new fiscal year.

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Louisiana lawmakers spent the penultimate day of the special session ducking in an out of backroom negotiations as they finalized the language of tort reform legislation, proposed tax breaks, coronavirus response measures and the state operating budget. 

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