Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

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  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

LIVESTREAM: Calcasieu officials hold COVID-19 briefing

  CDC: No rewriting of guidelines for reopening schools

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  Layoffs stuck at high level as 1.3 million seek jobless aid

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Calcasieu Coroner’s Office releases updated demographics on COVID-related deaths

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

  Man yells at elderly woman over face mask at Fla. Costco

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

  United will warn 36,000 workers they could be laid off

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

NerdWallet: 4 expert tips to get hired from home

  COVID patients: Less than half know where they got it

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows only 45% of COVID-19 patients studied in nine states knew they had been in contact with someone who had the virus.

  FDA warns labs of COVID-19 test with false positives

The BD Max System COVID-19 diagnostic test from Becton Dickinson is showing an error rate of 3-percent false positives.

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Hearings and a jury trial to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

  Texas county warns of arrests for COVID-19 positive residents who don’t self-isolate

Texas has seen a resurgence in coronavirus cases, recently surpassing 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time.

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

The World Health Organization has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground.

  McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

  Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be reused.

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

In his interview with Van Susteren, President Trump discusses the treatment and vaccine timeline for COVID-19 and if the Republican Convention can still be held in Florida.

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

  EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two products for killing the novel coronavirus on surfaces following laboratory testing.

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia on Tuesday.

  Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

Mobile COVID-19 testing sites for SWLA parishes

List of mobile COVID-19 testing sites in SWLA.

  Coronavirus ‘out of control’ in southern U.S., expert says

One health expert says rapid surges in coronavirus cases have made contact tracing impossible across the southern U.S.

  In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

Faculty and employees have increasingly been demanding that their institutions mandate masks to slow virus transmission, signing letters and petitions

  Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19′s effect on the economy, data released Monday show.

  Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases may be driving spread, research indicates

Using existing research, scientists have found that silent transmission could be responsible for half of the COVID cases.

Kanye West’s clothing brand borrowed millions in pandemic loans

Kanye West’s clothing brand Yeezy reportedly got between $2 million and $5 million in coronavirus aid loans from the federal government.

  Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate, last year's World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays.

  Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Hospitals are fast approaching capacity in Florida and Texas, and the Miami area again ordered restaurants closed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began to climb.

  New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

New federal guidelines say international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall.

  Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate tweeted Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

FDA gives emergency approval to quick COVID-19 antigen test

The diagnostic swab test can yield results in 15 minutes.

  South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Noem didn’t wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

  Fears linger as Disney World gets ready to reopen

Several new safety measures will be in place as the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopen for guests on Saturday. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT open July 15.

  Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

University officials announced Monday that only 40% of undergraduates will be invited to campus in an effort to reduce density and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Report: Lake Charles metro had most new COVID-19 cases per capita in the country last week

Lake Charles tops the nation in new COVID-19 cases per capita

  Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

The government handed out $521 billion through the paycheck protection program, a crucial piece of the government's $2 trillion rescue package.

  FDA adds to list warning of potentially toxic hand sanitizers

The FDA updated an earlier advisory, adding more hand sanitizer products that may contain methanol it recommended people not use.

  Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring.

  Broadway star Nick Cordero dies after monthslong battle against coronavirus

Cordero faced severe complications from the virus, despite having no pre-existing health conditions. He spent weeks on a ventilator, suffered septic shock, mini-strokes and had to have a leg amputated.

  July 4 weekend fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases

The United States has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging coronavirus outbreak.

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus.

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8.

  Debates turn emotional as schools across US decide how and if to open

The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary district to district, state to state.

  For nation’s birthday, Trump stokes the divisions within US

While public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital.

Dodgers pitcher Price won’t play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year.

  Virus doesn’t stop annual hot dog eating contest

The coronavirus put a damper on this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in New York, but some things stayed the same. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions at Saturday’s Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

  US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow

Many communities canceled those events and cautioned people against gathering on their own.

  English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

More than 11 million people around the world are known to have been infected since the pandemic began, 2.7 million of those in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins data. With shortages of testing materials, the real number of cases is unknown.

  Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders

Elevating a message of personal responsibility over statewide crackdowns on businesses and requirements for people in public spaces has been a consistent approach among certain governors during the coronavirus crisis.

  Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands. But even in a part of the country where many remain supportive of the president, the event has drawn controversy and protests.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s oldest son, has contracted the coronavirus.

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

Calcasieu officials encourage public to wear masks to reduce spread of COVID-19

Calcasieu Parish Executive Policy Group issued a statement calling on the public to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Pelicans’ Zion Williamson encourages Louisianans to ‘stay safe and wear your mask’ in new video

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson appeared alongside Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards in a public service announcement reminding residents to wear a mask while out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness blamed for a global pandemic that has killed thousands.

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home.

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, an increase of 8% from the week before.

LDH Q&A with Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh

We have the Louisiana Department of Health's Q&A with Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh here

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

The program was initially suspended in mid-March when the theme parks and hotels closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

  Lake Area football coaches address COVID-19 concerns during summer workouts

The LHSAA announced summer workouts could begin June 8th for schools. But fast forward almost a month later and things haven’t been as smooth as everyone had originally hoped.

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.