Recovery

  Mixed reactions along Gulf Coast as Miss. governor lifts mask mandate

A beautiful day along the gulf coast brought people from states away, and hearing the Governor lifted the mask mandate, many were celebrating.

  Update of COVID-19 cases on university campuses

City of New Orleans shuts down Kermit Ruffins' Mother in Law Lounge

552 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

Miss. statewide mask mandate set to expire Wednesday

  NOLA city, tourism leaders hopeful for positive trending COVID numbers

Main Street Recovery Program in Louisiana stops accepting new applications after exhausting funding

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589 new COVID-19 cases, 36 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

190 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

182 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

645 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

722 new COVID-19 cases, 20 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

  New Orleans high school football players return to the field

  Unemployment trust fund, long list of other items on special session agenda

Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling on the legislators to narrow the scope of the special session.

New Orleans Public Schools says one person tests positive for COVID-19 in last week

New Orleans Public Schools said only one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 as of noon on Thursday (Sept. 24).

Saints to allow family members of team into Superdome for Packers game

The New Orleans Saints will allow 750 family members of players, coaches and staff at the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday night (Sept. 27).

737 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

69 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday

Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

552 new COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

  Announcement about New Orleans moving into phase three could come late next week

465 new COVID-19 cases, 36 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

  Bar owners encouraged by JP resolution to reopen bars

Gov. Edwards announces new nursing home visitation guidelines

192 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

31 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday

  WATCH: Jefferson Parish council members take up resolution to open bars

Jefferson Parish council members plan to take up a resolution that could make it happen as soon as the parish meets the phase 3 criteria.

277 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported Sunday in Mississippi

28 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday

  Families wish leaders would have lifted nursing home visitation ban sooner

It was August when Norma Veade realized she could no longer leave her 87-year-old mother with dementia, Mary Roy in the nursing home.

655 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

105 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

  Nursing home residents, directors excited to allow family visitors again

He’s 70 years old, but a stroke forced Pershing Guillemet out of his home and into the Covenant Nursing Home, and he’s been there since the start of covid.

Questions remain about 2021 carnival season

Given the uncertainty over the upcoming carnival season, some Krewes say they’re moving ahead with the building of floats while other say they’re making changes.

St. James Parish moving into Phase 3, reopening bars

St. James Parish officials said the parish has met the criteria to move into the governor’s Phase 3, which includes reopening bars.

Gov. Edwards adjusts Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour for eligible parishes

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, Sept. 17 he altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos, and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars.

Restaurant layoffs one of economic impacts of pandemic in New Orleans

Business owners that we talked to say it’s been tough and in some cases, they’re barely hanging on.

701 new COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

70 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday

  Jefferson Parish councilmember pushes to allow bars to reopen

Parishes that have a positivity rate of five percent or lower for two weeks in a row can reopen bars with limited capacity.

St. John Parish meets criteria to move into Phase 3

St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard said the parish now reaches the state’s criteria to move into Phase 3 of COVID-19 recovery.

711 new COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

64 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday

505 new COVID-19 cases, 28 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

27 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

145 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

18 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday.

254 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

24 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday.

445 new COVID-19 cases, 15 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

43 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday.

  No fans in the dome for the next two Saints games; No tailgating and no second lines

Mayor Latoya Cantrell says she knows people are excited about the start of the Saints season, but safety comes first and the city will not take chances with large gatherings right now.

  Gov. Edwards: Moving to Phase 3 of COVID-19 recovery, Orleans Parish will adhere to its own guidelines

Friday Louisiana enters Phase 3 of recovery in the coronavirus pandemic.

853 new COVID-19 cases, 15 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

80 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

  New Orleans businesses concerned over decision to stay in Phase 2

Business owners in New Orleans are concerned about their future and worry about how much longer they can hold on.

  Struggling bar owners eager for Phase 3 in Louisiana

On Thursday, Governor Edwards announced that the state would move into phase 3 coronavirus protocols tomorrow, which means more freedom in the way business is conducted.

517 new COVID-19 cases, 33 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

48 new cases and 2 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

  Louisiana reopens 2019-2020 P-EBT applications for families who did not apply in May and June

Eligible families who did not apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program in May and June can take advantage of the second application window that opens for three weeks, beginning at 8 a.m. September 8.

426 new COVID-19 cases, 39 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

53 new cases and 7 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

  New Orleans business owners try to hang on as they wait for Phase 3 updates

New Orleans business owners try to hang on during the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic. But they may have to wait even longer for the city to enter phase three of reopening the economy.

Business owner supports parish COVID-19 recovery phase decisions

With binders full of postponed reservations, and racks of jackets for events held in limbo, Tuxedos to Geaux’s Mel Grodsky says he’s tired of playing the waiting game.

  St. Tammany Schools reopen amid call for more local control on COVID restrictions

ST TAMMANY SCHOOLS PARTIALLY RE OPEN AMID CALL FOR MORE LOCAL LEEWAY IN DETERMINING COVID RESTRICTIONS

249 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

48 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

242 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported Monday in Mississippi

45 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday.

  Health leaders warn against “super-spreader” events on Labor Day

There’s also a recent uptick in tourism for Labor Day, and health educator Dr. Eric Griggs says this weekend could easily be a recipe for disaster.

410 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

44 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday

539 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

53 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

  Re-opening French Quarter business encourages relaxing New Orleans restrictions

This group came in from across the country, hoping to celebrate a 50th birthday that’s been planned all year. Needless to say, they were excited one of their favorites recently reopened.

823 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

90 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

Louisiana Workforce Commission breaks down some confusion about Lost Wages Assistance benefits

The Lost Wages Assistance program has stirred up some confusion when it comes to additional unemployment benefits.

99-year-old COVID-19 patient released from hospital, days before her 100th birthday

On Wednesday, 99-year-old Anna Jo Thomas was released from Covenant Health after being hospitalized for COVID-19. She was hospitalized for a week and was sent home with a large celebration and a birthday cake. You see, she will turn 100 years old on Sept. 19.

New Orleans to halt eviction hearings after new CDC guidelines released

Under the CDC order, a landlord/owner of a residential property, or other person with legal right to pursue eviction or possessory action, is prohibited from evicting a “covered person” from any residential property in any jurisdiction to which the order applies during the effective period that ends

751 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

134 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday

CDC issues eviction moratorium until the end of the year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a residential eviction moratorium, which puts a temporary ban on evictions through December 31.

781 new COVID-19 cases, 33 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

69 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday

  Jefferson Parish passes resolution asking state to ease COVID-19 rules

Jefferson Parish leaders are calling on state government leaders to allow them to move into phase three of COVID-19 recovery to help businesses hit hard during the pandemic.

634 new COVID-19 cases, 20 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

97 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday

274 new COVID-19 cases, 32 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

43 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday

  NOLA schools reopen for in person learning after COVID health trends improve

School Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis says safety is a top priority and he says this was a decision based on COVID-19 data.

New Orleans Public Schools expect in-school classes to start after Labor Day

Public schools in New Orleans are expected to reopen to in-class students in September.

Federal Judge rules against bar owners challenging latest COVID-19 restrictions

The Governor and state medical professionals testified for the need of the restrictions.

  Unemployed workers say they’re having a tough time making ends meet during the pandemic

Leslie Baptiste and Orville Lowery both say they struggle to make ends meet. "It's hard out here. It's hard to make ends meet. It's hard to survive and a lot of us are looking for work, the majority of us are looking for work, but, there is no work to be found," said Baptiste.

2 tropical systems pose possible double threat to US Gulf Coast

Two tropical systems could become nearly simultaneous threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast early next week. They could even get sucked into an odd dance around each other. Or they could fall apart.

  Hundreds of bars apply to reopen as restaurants under special licenses

Having been open now for only two days as a restaurant, there’s been some growing pains at Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou Bar.

  Jefferson Parish schools prepare classrooms to reopen next week

Teachers in Jefferson Parish will begin returning to school buildings tomorrow, while school is set to start next week.

  Jefferson Parish Schools still waiting for thousands of Google Chromebooks to arrive

Months ago, the Jefferson Parish School District says it ordered 32,000 Google Chromebooks, anticipating a virtual learning situation because of the pandemic.

  Gov. Edwards says unemployment money is on the way, state closely monitoring school reopenings

Gov. Edwards will update Louisiana's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Main Street grants now available to small businesses in La.

The state announced all qualifying small businesses now can receive a grant from the Main Street Recovery Program, even if they got prior federal assistance such as a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

Federal judge rules against bar owners in COVID-19 fight

A New Orleans federal judge rules against 10 Louisiana bar owners who claimed the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions violated their constitutional rights.

  Testing up, positivity rate dropping in Jefferson Parish

The parish averaged 85 cases this week compared to a 130 average last week.

  Pink eye could now be a symptom of COVID-19

Researchers now say pink eye could be a symptom of the virus. The research is in its early stages, but doctors say it’s not very common.