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.

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

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

LIVESTREAM: Gov. John Bel Edwards to speak at 3 p.m.

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

  Singer John Prine is in stable condition, his wife says

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

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

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

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  Traveling to Florida? You may be stopped at a checkpoint

LDH reports COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at 28 La. nursing homes

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

COVID-19 IN SWLA: Now 11 cases in Allen Parish, 8 of those at federal prison

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

  THE LATEST: Confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in La.

  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.

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.

Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

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

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

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

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

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

  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Abbott announces new travel restrictions to combat COVID-19

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced orders restricting travel to Texas from some COVID-19 “hot spots."

  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.

  Relief package billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortages amid coronavirus outbreak

For more than a week, governors have pushed back against administration assurances that supplies are available now, bitterly complaining to President Donald Trump that there's no coordination.

  Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable.

  Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

With a recession potentially on the horizon, there's a question of whether wealthy donors are in a giving mood and whether grassroots supporters who chip in small amounts will still have the wherewithal to keep at it.

  World Health Organization encourages playing video games during coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization is encouraging people all over the world to play video games during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Dog delivers groceries to Colo. neighbor self-isolating due to coronavirus

When a Colorado woman with underlying health issues had to self-isolate, her neighbors thought of a clever way to help her get her groceries.

  Doctor sees son crawl for first time through glass door after coronavirus separates family

An Arkansas father is among the many healthcare workers separated from their families while on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump: No quarantine, but travel advisory for NY, CT and NJ

President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about coronavirus

In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent effort to upgrade its military capability amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

  ‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America; Illinois infant with virus dies

The U.S. leads the world in reported cases with more than 112,000, but five countries exceed its roughly 1,700 deaths.

Advocate for disabilities dies from COVID-19 complications

April Dunn, chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council died at the age of 33 due to complications from COVID-19.

Former LSU 2-sport athlete Orlando McDaniel dies, reportedly from coronavirus

Orlando McDaniel, who played football and ran track at LSU, has died. He was 59. Friends say he died from coronavirus.

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval.

  Trump seeks to force GM to produce ventilators; Infections worldwide top 590,000

Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the U.S. to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the U.S., though, the grim distinction could be temporary.

  Couple celebrates 71 years of marriage through window due to coronavirus crisis

Couple celebrates 71 years of marriage through window due to coronavirus crisis

US government looks to continue feeding students

The U.S. federal government is turning to public/private partnerships to keep feeding students in need after the global pandemic forced nationwide school closures.

Peeps production stops, but Easter is taken care of

No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn't affect Easter baskets.

  Feds, states crack down on price gouging and hoarding of coronavirus supplies

Attorneys general at the state and federal level begin cracking down and investigating reports of price gouging and hoarding of critical supplies.

  Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

  Apple releases COVID-19 app, opens pandemic website

Apple released a new coronavirus screening tool on Friday, along with a COVID-19 website.

Iowa professor charged in gagging death released from jail

An Iowa college professor accused of murder in the gagging death of her husband has been released from jail because of concerns about the coronavirus.

  Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally

Stocks had soared over the previous three days as the relief bill moved closer to becoming law. It passed the House Friday afternoon and President Donald Trump signed it later in the day.

LIVESTREAM: Gov. John Bel Edwards briefing on COVID-19

KPLC livestreams regarding coronavirus.

4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama

Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard the ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

La. state fire marshal issues statewide burn ban amid COVID-19 pandemic

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, along with Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, has issued a statewide burn ban.

  Kristen Bell hosts Nick pandemic special for kids, families

Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters' concerns and help families weather the crisis.

  Boeing may get billions in coronavirus stimulus aid

The aerospace giant qualifies because it's "businesses critical to maintaining national security."

  New flu cases drop; death toll tops 24K

While the number of confirmed flu cases in the United States is going down, the number of Americans seeking care for flu-like illness is increasing.

  New flu cases drop; death toll tops 24K

While the number of confirmed flu cases in the United States is going down, the number of Americans seeking care for flu-like illness is increasing.

‘Baby Shark’ reworked for the coronavirus outbreak

Sorry parents, ‘Baby Shark’ is making a comeback — for a good cause.

  British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Downing St. says Johnson is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.

Entergy launches COVID-19 relief fund for customers in need, offers ways to keep energy bill down

Entergy has now launched a charitable fund in order to help those experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Pants optional? Walmart has more sales of tops, not bottoms in new work-from-home era

With so many people adapting to working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, Walmart said it is seeing an interesting new trend.

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk

A Thursday court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put Kelly’s life at risk.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  More than $35,000 of groceries tossed after woman allegedly coughed on them, saying she had coronavirus

Police said Margaret Cirko went into Gerrity’s Supermarket on Wednesday afternoon and deliberately and violently coughed and spit on food throughout the store before trying to steal a case of beer.

  A New York doctor’s story: ‘Too many people are dying alone’

While the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, it can lead to more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death for some, like those who are older or have underlying health issues.

  Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy

The tests could reveal the true extent of the outbreak and help separate the healthy from the sick. But some scientists have challenged their accuracy.

  This is how much money you could get from the stimulus bill

The income levels are based on tax returns for 2019. For those who have not yet filed their taxes, it will be based on 2018 returns.

  State coronavirus mandates impact crawfish season

State coronavirus mandates impact crawfish season

  US leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases

The number of coronavirus infections were set to top a half-million worldwide on Thursday as both Italy and the United States appeared poised to surpass China, where the pandemic began, and Spain’s death toll climbed to more than 4,000.

California man arrested in tout for coronavirus ‘cure’

he FBI has arrested a Southern California man who officials said falsely claimed to have developed a cure for the coronavirus and solicited investments in a company he said would market the medication, federal prosecutors said.

  Washington set to deliver $2.2 trillion virus rescue bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill approved by the Senate will pass the House on Friday with “strong bipartisan support.”

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for coronavirus risk

President Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.”

  Klobuchar’s husband back home after virus hospitalization

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's husband has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, the senator said Thursday.

COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites on Opelousas Street and in Sulphur

The SWLA Center for Health Services on Opelousas Street has opened a drive-thru testing center for coronavirus.

On NYC’s front lines, health workers worry they will be next

At New York City-area hospitals that are on the front lines of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the nation, hospital workers are increasingly concerned about the ravages of the illness in their own ranks.

Department of Corrections employees test positive for coronavirus

The Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) has confirmed its first two positive cases of coronavirus.