COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases reported over 24 hours in Louisiana spiked again on Thursday and, once again, this is not cause for alarm.

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For the first time since April 1, the Louisiana Department of Health is identifying all of the state’s nursing homes with COVID-19 cases.

On the Saturday after Mardi Gras, Rechell Cook flew to Atlanta for a show. She’s a singer and a hairdresser and had a few gigs to play. But when she got off the plane she got the chills. Then the aches and pains started.

The New Orleans Police Department broke up large crowds of people gathered at two establishments on Magazine Street — Tracey’s and the Bulldog Uptown — on Saturday, the first day New Orleans businesses were allowed to reopen.

Sanitation workers gathered at City Hall on Monday to demand an audience with the head of Metro Services Group, the garbage collection firm that employs them.

There are three new, clustered outbreaks of the coronavirus in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, at least one of which is at a crawfish production facility, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday afternoon.

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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.

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