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"Eerily quiet" is how one doctor described the non-emergency wings of the hospital they work at in rural Louisiana.

Due to COVID-19 crisis restrictions, there’s hardly anyone lingering in the public-facing spaces, like the cafeteria, gift shop, and main lobby. But when you go up to the ER, they said, it’s another world.

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As Louisiana’s outlook improves in the fight against the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a Friday media briefing that he plans to reopen the state’s economy “as fast as we can while we adequately protect public health.”

The growth in the number of known COVID-19 cases in Louisiana has held steady at around 2.5 percent since Sunday, April 12.

In normal times, New Orleans’ lavish drag queen scene isn’t exactly hard to come by. You could catch a drag show in the French Quarter, or get your fix at a drag brunch, drag queen storytime at your local library — even drag wrestling.

But in the era of the coronavirus, you can now find the city’s queens — like everyone else — online.

In an interview on CNN Thursday night, Wolf Blitzer asked Mayor LaToya Cantrell the question on many American and Louisianian minds: "NFL football? What about that?"

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is canceled for this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Thursday.

The numbers of people hospitalized and on ventilators with COVID-19 in Louisiana continue to drop, according to Thursday's report from the Louisiana Department of Health.

The new front in the fight over abortion rights reached Louisiana this week, after a Shreveport clinic sued state officials to try and stay open amid mounting political pressure to shut down abortion clinics during the coronavirus outbreak.

New Orleans is staying at home for another month.

Another 90 people have been reported dead of COVID-19 in Louisiana — 24-hour reported death toll second only to yesterday's 129.

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