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Growth in the number of known COVID-19 cases over 24 hours was under 2 percent for the third time this week, though people are still dying by the dozens across Louisiana.

After 41 years as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Jay Kaplan knows a disaster when he sees one. And he knew early on that the coronavirus was going to be bad.

Louisiana’s health department and governor are facing mounting pressure from anti-abortion groups angry that abortion clinics have continued to operate during the pandemic.

The controversial pastor of Life Tabernacle Church, whose defiance of a statewide ban on large public gatherings garnered national media attention, was arrested today on aggravated assault charges stemming from an encounter with a man protesting in front of his Central, Louisiana church.

The latest addition to the Louisiana Department of Health's publicly availably COVID-19 data is a breakdown of deaths by race in 11 of the state's 64 parishes.

The number of known COVID-19 cases in Louisiana grew by 1.35 percent from Monday to Tuesday — the smallest amount of growth since the first cases were reported in early March.

There are more cases of COVID-19 in New Orleans East and on the Westbank than anywhere else in the New Orleans area, new data from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) shows.

This is the most specific look at where people are getting sick since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Louisiana.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Louisiana rose for the first time in seven days, according to the latest data from the state health department.

"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.

Ben Depp / For WWNO

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.”

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