Coronavirus

  Stocks drift, still headed to worst quarter since 2008

The surge of coronavirus cases around the world has sent markets to breathtaking drops since mid-February, undercutting what had been a good start to the year.

  US death toll eclipses China’s as reinforcements head to NYC

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

Biloxi follows after Gulfport and announces nightly curfew

  How to strengthen your immune system to combat illnesses

  Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout

  A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

  New Orleans using Smoothie King Center to house equipment in COVID-19 fight; Lowe’s makes significant donation

Prosecutor: Michigan man who claimed to have COVID-19 at Kroger tested negative

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  Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

LDH reports COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at 40 La. nursing homes

  Pastor of Louisiana church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

  239 deaths, 5,237 test positive for COVID-19 in Louisiana; hospitals could run out of ventilators Thursday

  Tenor Plácido Domingo feels ‘fine’ after coronavirus

  Coronavirus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

211 phone service sees record-breaking numbers during coronavirus crisis

Louisiana leaders said that since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the 211 network has answered a record-breaking number of calls.

No new cases of COVID-19 at Lambeth House nursing home

All patients who recently tested positive for the virus have now recovered.

THE LATEST: Confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in La.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, a family of viruses known to cause a range of respiratory illnesses.

  Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing

The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing.

  Doctors say pink eye a potential symptom of COVID-19

  Chris Cuomo tests positive for coronavirus

  Coronavirus: Walmart to take workers’ temperatures, provide gloves and masks

  Dozens of choir members sickened by coronavirus, 2 dead, after early March rehearsal

New Orleans Pride Festival postponed; rescheduled for August

  Fed steps in once again to try to smooth out lending markets

  WATCH: Goats take over Welsh city while people are on lockdown

Local folks in the coastal town west of Liverpool are finding the critters pretty much everywhere, in gardens, backyards and the strolling along Llandudno’s empty streets.

  Neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of coronavirus

Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Goodrich died Monday of complications related to coronavirus.

NASA offering fun activities for families stuck at home during coronavirus outbreak

NASA’s website includes dozens of tutorials on different STEM activities for kids and adults alike.

  Calif. phone case company starts making masks as need for medical gear grows

Nomad said their goal is to get as many masks to as many people who need them as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

  How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

In some states, it would amount to a major revamp of their voting system just eight months before an election.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

265,000 SNAP recipients will receive boosted benefits, state says

Many Louisiana households who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in March will see an extra boost on their SNAP cards Tuesday

Dept. of Revenue warns Louisiana taxpayers about COVID-19 stimulus scams

The LDR is warning taxpayers to be wary of potential scams to steal their money

  Daughter says goodbye to mother dying of coronavirus over FaceTime

Knowing her patient would die soon, a charge nurse got dressed in protective gear and used her personal cell phone to help her daughter say goodbye over FaceTime.

  Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier due to coronavirus

The one-day strikes had little impact on consumers, but the unrest called attention to mounting discontent among low-wage workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic.

  Some are doubtful retired doctors will return to help amid Covid-19 fight

They are the front line workers: nurses, doctors, physicians who care for patients suffering from Covid 19.

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

The council is made up of college sports administrators representing all 32 D-I conferences, plus two members of the student-athlete advisory committee.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

  US cities brace for coronavirus spread; Spain’s hospitals at breaking point

The top infectious-disease expert in the United States warned that smaller U.S. cities are about to witness the rapid acceleration in coronavirus cases that New York is seeing.

  JEDCO uses a web conference to inform businesses about the CARES Act

JEDCO works to help Jefferson Parish businesses take advantage of federal help related to the coronavirus.

  ‘Goodnight with Dolly’: Country star to read bedtime stories to kids online

The Facebook event “will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.”

Gov. Edwards says La. will receive 150 additional ventilators from President Trump

Governor John Bel Edwards says President Donald Trump has committed to sending 150 ventilators to Louisiana to help health officials fight COVID-19 and work to care for a surge patients.

  How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.

  NY Rep. Velazquez diagnosed with ‘presumed’ case of COVID-19

New York Rep. Nydia Velázquez stood within feet of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic and Republican leaders at a signing ceremony after the bill was passed.

School districts coping with distance learning

Superintendents say they’re preparing for a long-term plan as students spend the third week away from their classrooms.

Photo of health care workers flying to help NY gets love

The photo shows dozens of people, some wearing masks and gloves, holding their hands in the shape of a heart.

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

The relatively tentative moves in the market follow last week’s stellar performance, where the S&P 500 surged 10.2% for its biggest weekly gain since the market hit bottom in 2009 following the financial crisis.

Florida pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  FBI: ‘Don’t fall victim to stimulus check scams’

Officials say don’t fall victim to phone calls, texts, e-mails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive your federal payment.

State and City leaders urge residents to adhere to social distancing mandates

The Louisiana Department of Health says the state has not come close to peaking with its COVID-19 cases.

  New Orleans to close Mahalia Jackson Theater testing site, moves all city testing at UNO

New Orleans leaders want to update the status of drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites to identify those who show symptoms of coronavirus.

  How to avoid aches and pains while working from home during coronavirus pandemic

If you’re working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t strain your body.

  Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

The singer-songwriter's family said Sunday that Prine was critically ill.

WATCH: Italian twins strike a chord with Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ in a coronavirus world

Mirko and Valerio have racked up millions of views over the last couple of weeks after recording the song while in isolation during the pandemic.

  At least 130 test positive for coronavirus at Tenn. nursing home, including 2 deaths

At least 130 people, including staff members and residents, have tested positive. At least two people have died from COVID-19.

  Traveling to Florida? You may be stopped at a checkpoint

People entering Florida driving on the Interstate will be screened near the state line as the state looks to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Time to ‘revenge shop’: China’s coronavirus hot spot reopens

Officials are under orders to revive manufacturing, retailing and other industries while also preventing a spike in infections as people return to work.

  Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers amid coronavirus outbreak

Macy’s says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic.

  Student learns she’s school valedictorian at drive-thru window where she works

The high school principal didn't let her school’s closure stop her from announcing this year's valedictorian and salutatorian.

County-by-county COVID-19 tracker

We are updating this county-by-county map to illustrate the number of COVID-19 cases in each county in the United States per capita.

$8.9 million in funding for medical services, research headed to Louisiana

$8.9 million in funding from the Health and Human Services Dept. is headed to Louisiana to maintain health services and support medical research

847 cases of COVID-19 now reported in the state, 128 of them are on the Coast

The Mississippi Department of Health is now reporting 847 cases of COVID-19 in the state, which brings the total number of Coast residents diagnosed with the virus to 128.

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Colleges and universities in Baton Rouge have announced postponements of graduation and commencement ceremonies as the threat of COVID-19 bears down.

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday.

  Prince Charles ends isolation period for coronavirus

Royal officials said last week the 71-year-old heir to the British throne was showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and self-isolating at the royal family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.

400,000 Hydroxychloroquine tablets donated to benefit COVID-19 patients in Louisiana

Hydroxychloroquine has been identified as a possible treatment for COVID-19

  Is takeout safe to eat during the coronavirus outbreak? Experts explain.

There has not been evidence to show the virus is transmitted by eating food.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded the alarm about what was coming — and already here.

Being a mom in the medical field during the coronavirus pandemic

During this time, the coronavirus outbreak has affected many people, especially working moms. Moms in the medical field have shifted their everyday routines before heading home from work.

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers who served aboard France's nuclear-armed subs.

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.

  Liberty University denies report of returning students with coronavirus symptoms

Liberty says no students in the residence halls have had “sufficient symptoms” to get tested for the virus after a report from The New York Times claimed "nearly a dozen" had shown symptoms.

  Co-writer of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ dies from coronavirus complications

Alan Merrill, who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett, has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 69.

  As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hotspots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.

  Gov. Edwards and Mayor Cantrell provide updates on resources, Morial Convention Center

Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana’s COVID-19 cases continue on an upward trend.

John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

The family of John Prine says the singer-songwriter is critically ill and has been placed on a ventilator while being treated for COVID-19-type symptoms.

  Trump: Ventilators on hold for emergency situations like Louisiana, but are they coming?

President Donald Trump said that he was extending the self-isolation order until April 30 during a speech on Sunday afternoon (March 29).

Louisiana prepares to open temporary hospital in N.O. Convention Center

Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Sunday, March 29 for a walk through of the Convention Center in New Orleans that will be used to help COVID-19 patients recover.

  Gov. Edwards states the stay-at-home mandate may be extended, will announce closer to date

The governor stated that the decision will come closer to that date.

Travel not banned between Louisiana and Texas; travel quarantine expanded

The announcement shared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Sunday, March 29 means all Louisianans are required to quarantine for 14-days before entering Texas. It does not mean Louisianans are banned from traveling to Texas.

  Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Country music star Joe Diffie died of complications from coronavirus at 61.

  Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic.