ONE-STOP-SHOP: Stats, links related to COVID-19

This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19.

Gov. Edwards signs executive order keeping La. in Phase 3 until Nov. 6

IRS mailing special letters to 159,575 hard to reach people in Louisiana about stimulus payments

  Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

  Stress can kill; counseling service for those overwhelmed with the aftermath of Hurricane Laura

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

  LWC says overpayment notices sent to nearly 7,600 unemployed residents was a ‘technical issue’

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Elton football cancels season due to COVID-19

  Gov. Edwards releases full guidance on Phase 3 reopening plan

  La. will move to Phase 3 starting Friday; statewide mask mandate remains in place

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

Gov. Edwards says decision on La. moving to Phase 3 will come ‘before Friday’

Sheriff Mancuso tests positive for COVID-19

Tenants who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19 pandemic cannot be evicted until 2021

Thousands of Louisianans who cannot afford rent because of the coronavirus will not be kicked out of their homes for the rest of the year thanks to a new federal policy that took effect Wednesday, Sept. 2.

  Gov. Edwards says southwest Louisiana’s recovery from Hurricane Laura will be ’very difficult’

Governor John Bel Edwards said it will likely be a long road ahead for the southwestern portion of Louisiana to recover from Hurricane Laura.

Sen. Bill Cassidy recovers from coronavirus

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, announced Monday, Aug. 31 he will resume his regular congressional activities after recovering from COVID-19.

  LWC: About 400,000 unemployed La. residents will receive $300 in Lost Wage Assistance beginning Aug. 26

Approximately 400,000 eligible unemployment insurance claimants will receive weekly Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) payments beginning tomorrow, Wednesday

COVID-19 IN SWLA: 1 new death; 24 new cases

Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Centers offering free COVID-19 test in August

Additional SNAP benefits expected to hit EBT cards on Aug. 21

14 more COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in Calcasieu nursing homes

Auburn announces changes to stadium capacity, tailgating for 2020 football season

  Doctors learn more about MIS-C

  Additional $300 in unemployment benefits could be paid to La. residents as soon as week of Aug. 24

Gov. Edwards says the state will receive the money from FEMA by the end of this week and he anticipates the Louisiana Workforce Commission will begin making the additional $300 in unemployment benefits to residents sometime during the week of Aug 24 to Aug. 28.

Gov. Edwards declares emergency for Nov. 3 election in La., says sec. of state’s plan does not protect public health

Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order Tuesday, Aug. 18 declaring an emergency currently exists for Louisiana’s Nov. 3 election because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Edwards calls decrease in COVID-19 cases a ‘modest and sustained improvement’ but more work needs to be done

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Gov. Edwards to hold COVID-19 briefing on Aug. 18

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a coronavirus briefing at 3 p.m. today.

New saliva test for COVID-19 looks to be cheaper, faster than nasal swab

The federal government has now approved a new type of COVID-19 testing that’s more comfortable for patients and cheaper than a nasal swab.

Federal judge rules Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions on bars are constitutional

The restrictions on bars put in place in mid-July by Governor John Bel Edwards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana has been deemed constitutional by a federal judge.

Mardi Gras 2021 still uncertain

From Louisiana’s highest office, to the mayor’s advisory committee, all Mardi Gras decision-makers wish they knew more about the future of the season.

  Gov. Edwards says all La. residents receiving unemployment benefits will get additional $300 per week

Governor John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 13 the state has received guidance from the federal government on how to comply with President Donald Trump’s executive order which called for additional unemployment benefits.

Clinical trial underway for a medication to treat COVID-19 patients

At NOLA Research Works, a clinical study is underway to find a treatment for COVID-19.

Southland Conference postpones fall sports

The Southland Conference Board of Directors has determined that league competition in the sports of football, volleyball, women’s soccer and cross country will be postponed from the fall semester with an intent to explore conference competition in the spring semester.

La. Supreme Court announces changes to bar exam for August, October

The Louisiana Supreme Court has announced changes to the Aug. 24 and Oct. 10 bar exam due to the ongoing pandemic.

22 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Calcasieu nursing homes

Nursing home data from Landmark of Lake Charles was included when the state released its weekly report on Wednesday.

Parents can report La. schools not following COVID-19 guidelines

Parents can use the email address linked here to report concerns about schools not complying with a minimum of the state’s in-person instruction safety guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

LDH attributes 4th death to Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is now reporting a fourth COVID-19-related death in connection with Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

Calcasieu Coroner’s Office releases latest COVID-19 death demographics

The Calcasieu Coroner’s Office has released the latest demographics on COVID-19 deaths in the parish.

REPORTS: Power Five leaders hold ‘emergency meeting’ about 2020 college football season, postponement likely

Power Five conference commissioners held an “emergency meeting” on Sunday, August 9, to talk about the feasibility of playing the 2020 college football season in the fall, according to ESPN, which cited several sources.

Wok D’Lite reopens

When Wok D'Lite reopened on Thursday, the line of cars in the drive-thru stretched down Prien Lake Road.

  Start of Louisiana’s high school football season delayed until Oct. 8-10

The LHSAA is planning for an eight-game regular season

17 new deaths reported at area nursing homes

Seventeen more COVID-19 deaths at area nursing homes were reported to the state this week.

  Frosty Factory’s license suspension over

The Frosty Factory’s bar license has been reinstated after the owner worked out an agreement with the state.

  Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in Phase Two until Aug. 28

Louisiana is neck-and-neck with Mississippi for the most positive cases per capita in the country.

Gov. Edwards joins governors of 5 other states to ask for 3 million rapid antigen tests

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the governors of five other states announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation today to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue safely reopening the states.

Lake Charles Memorial encourages public to stay vigilant during pandemic

LCMH warns that while hospitalizations are dropping, deaths continue to rise in Southwest Louisiana.

Mobile COVID-19 testing sites for SWLA parishes

List of mobile COVID-19 testing sites in SWLA.

  SWLA sees 92 deaths from COVID-19 in July

Ninety-two COVID-19 deaths were reported in July alone in the Region 5 area of Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen, Beauregard and Jeff Davis parishes.

  Calcasieu coroner continues work to dispel COVID-19 myths

Calcasieu Coroner Dr. Terry Welke reiterated Thursday what he has said in the past - that his office is being cautious in its approach to classifying COVID-19 deaths.

  Dr. Cavanaugh: Decrease in demand for testing, number of new cases steady but have some way to go

Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh discussed trends they're seeing in testing demand and case numbers but reminded the public we still have some way to go.

Gov. Edwards does not expect to move away from mask mandate anytime soon

Louisiana currently has the most cases of COVID-19 per capita in the country.

  VIDEO: Calcasieu Parish officials hold COVID-19 briefing

Calcaiseu officials hold briefing on COVID-19 situation in parish.

LIVE TODAY: Calcasieu officials hold briefing at 3 p.m.

KPLC livestreams regarding coronavirus.

Contact tracers working to provide more resources for COVID-19 patients in La.

Contact tracers in Louisiana are expanding their efforts to serve people who have contracted COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus.

Number of COVID-19 cases, deaths increase in SWLA nursing homes

The number of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths among nursing home residents in SWLA is increasing, according to LDH weekly reports.

Cameron Parish delays date of return to school

The Cameron Parish School Board has delayed the return date for students to Friday, Aug. 14. The deadline to apply for virtual registration in Cameron has also been extended, to noon on Wednesday, July 29.

$250 one-time payments to Louisiana frontline workers begin this week

Payments start going out this week to Louisiana’s frontline workers

  Sen. Cassidy discusses Republicans’ new COVID-19 aid package

Sen. Cassidy says the aid package also includes money for schools and businesses.

51 parishes classified in ‘Red Zone’ in latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report

In a weekly report compiled by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, 51 parishes are being classified in a so-called ‘Red Zone’, suggesting further restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

  Louisiana tops per capita COVID-19 cases nationwide, hospitalizations plateaued

In the fight against Covid 19, it’s all about the numbers, and Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana was number 1 again in the country per capita for Covid 19 cases.

More La. women test positive for COVID-19, but men account for majority of deaths

Roughly 14,000 more women have tested positive for COVID-19 than men have in Louisiana, according to state health department data.

  Number of coronavirus cases in La. starting to plateau, Gov. Edwards says

The number of positive coronavirus cases is starting to show early signs of plateauing, Governor John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Tuesday, July 28.

ATC suspends permit of Grand Isle bar after large concert, non-compliance with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines

Most people in the crowd were standing side-by-side and were not wearing masks.

Frosty Factory’s permit suspended for COVID-19 violations

The Frosty Factory is one of four bars across the state to have its permit suspended for COVID-19 violations, according to information from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

OLOL requests federal help due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Our Lady of the Lake Hospital is requesting federal help due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

  Inmates’ family members concerned as COVID cases continue at Allen Correctional

Family members of inmates at Allen Correctional Center in Kinder are upset with how COVID-19 is being handled. They say those who test positive are not being properly separated from others and they’re concerned about medical care being provided.

Gov. Edwards responds to AG Jeff Landry comments on mask mandate

Thursday evening, Gov. John Bel Edwards responded via letter to Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Longtime Angola prison guard dies from COVID-19

A prison guard who worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for nearly a quarter of a century has died from COVID-19, according to Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC) Secretary James Le Blanc.

  FDA warns consumers to avoid these brands of hand sanitizer

The FDA’s initial warning back in June listed nine hand sanitizer products either confirmed or thought to contain methanol.

Back-and-forth continues between Landry, Edwards

The back-and-forth between Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards continues.Landry on Monday released a three-page response to Edwards’ letter to him last week - a letter the governor wrote in response to Landry’s opinion that Edwards’ executive order closing bars and impo

Too much lead found in several hemp oil products

Several hemp oil products sold across the nation contain an amount of lead that exceeds federal guidelines and, if consumed, can cause health complications.

Money for Louisiana rental assistance program could run out sooner than later

The program will take those who qualify and pay up to three months of their rent, but those on the front lines of the housing crisis say the money doesn't go far enough

Baton Rouge hospitals running out of ICU nurses, administrators say

Officials at two Baton Rouge hospitals say a recent spike in coronavirus hospitalizations has begun to “stress” the area health care system.

Gov. Edwards announces new emergency rental assistance program for La. residents affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Today (Thursday, July 16), Governor John Bel Edwards announced the launch of what will be at least a $24 million emergency rental assistance program for renters experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Calcasieu Police Jury offers COVID-19 Mortgage Help for parish residents

Calcasieu Police Jury is offering to help fund mortgage payments for Calcasieu residents who qualify for the grant.

  AG Landry calls statewide mask mandate, bar restrictions unconstitutional; Gov. Edwards says ‘put politics aside’

In Landry’s statement, he says the mandate is “likely unconstitutional and unenforceable”.

La. addresses ‘look the other way’ mask policies

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office (LSFMO) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) issued a joint statement Wednesday, July 15 warning those business owners and others that their “look the other way” approach is not in-line with the state mandate.

  Vice President Mike Pence visits Baton Rouge to meet with state officials

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Baton Rouge Tuesday, July 14 to meet with Governor John Bel Edwards and his team, according to a news release from the White House.

BESE sets minimum health, safety standards for Louisiana schools

The action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic applies to all traditional public, charter and nonpublic schools in the state

  ’Geaux Get Tested’ initiative launches in SWLA, COVID-19 testing hours extended this week only

The demand for COVID-19 testing in Southwest Louisiana has increased substantially within recent weeks. However, a new initiative aims to get you your test results quicker.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office issues statement on masks

We have the statement here