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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.

  “We cannot afford” another rise in cases after Thanksgiving, Shreveport mayor says

  The Salvation Army changes Thanksgiving meals because of COVID-19 pandemic

  Agencies need more volunteers to help during holidays amid COVID-19 pandemic

Brookshire pharmacies to offer free COVID-19 vaccines when available

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins to speak at 2 p.m.

Monday, November 23: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

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State announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

  Despite CDC warning, millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving

Lufkin couple continues to monitor symptoms as part of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine study

  Shreve Memorial to forgive library fines if you donate food

Sunday, November 22: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Jefferson Parish prepares to amend, move forward with Mardi Gras parades for 2021

  Praise Temple holds annual turkey giveaway

Praise Temple’s annual turkey give-a-way is Saturday, November 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Praise Temple parking lot at 4725 Greenwood Road in Shreveport.

NE Arkansas leads state with hospital beds and ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients

NEA leads in hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients, and it also leads in ventilators being used by COVID-19 patients

  ‘Geaux 4 Kids’ is looking for passionate and loving holiday volunteers

A Northwest Louisiana non-profit is looking for volunteers ahead of the holiday season to assist them in fulfilling their compassionate mission for children in dangerous situations.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

  Fears grow as Louisiana could revert back to Phase II of reopening

  Caddo Schools holding news conference ahead of Thanksgiving break

Thursday, November 19: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  The Salvation Army in need of volunteers and donations

  East Texas non-profit needs help collecting toys for children in need

  New study highlights neighborhood disparities in Louisiana, Caddo Parish

  The big challenge of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions despite strong opposition

Coronavirus cases are spiking in nearly every state across the country, yet only 34 states have mask mandates. That list does include Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. But enforcing statewide orders can be easier said than done.

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards back in the hospital

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, 93, is back in the hospital as of after being released three days earlier, a representative for the former governor tells WVUE-TV.

  KSLA holds its annual Holiday Food Drive

As always, thank you for your generosity and for contributing to the fight against hunger

Wednesday, November 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Monday, Nov. 17: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  Gradual uptick in COVID-19 cases prompts concern from community leaders ahead of holidays

With Thanksgiving near and the rise in COVID-19 cases, both community leaders and hospital officials are issuing new warnings before a possible surge.

  COVID-19 cases surge but hospitalizations fail to keep pace with the increase, Ochsner LSU Health doctor says

"People are aware, so they go get tested early; and we’re able to intervene before they get sick."

Gov. Hutchinson against restricting restaurant capacity after White House Coronavirus Task Force report

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero addressed the White House Coronavirus Task Force report Tuesday afternoon during his weekly address.

White House: Arkansas COVID-19 situation ‘worsening’

The state of Arkansas, according to the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is “on the precipice of a rapid, accelerating increase” of COVID-19 cases.

  Marshall High, Marshall Junior High to transition to remote learning

Two schools in the Marshall Independent School district have decided to transition into remote learning later this week.

What we know about the 32,115 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  Zoom offers free calls for Thanksgiving

Zoom is free for everyone on Nov. 26, so your family gatherings don’t have to be cut short.

  Walmart to limit number of customers in stores amid coronavirus surge

Walmart has gone back to counting and monitoring how many customers enter and leave its stores.

  Drive-thru flu shot clinic popping up at Shreve Memorial Library branches

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise across Louisiana - Shreve Memorial Library is hosting drive-thru flu shot clinics.

  Community agencies expect cases of hunger, homelessness to increase amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ardis said the misconceptions associated with homelessness are just some of the reasons she wants people to be educated about it.

  Some continue to refuse to wear a mask despite latest surge in COVID-19 cases

The sharp rise in COVID-19 cases has put the focus squarely back on prevention.

Three months until Fat Tuesday; deadline looms for krewes to submit plans

Carnival historian Arthur Hardy says more than a dozen captains claim that social distance requirements on floats were deal breakers

  COVID-19 numbers being reported in Louisiana may fail to show true extent of virus’ spread, health official says

“I do worry our numbers are going to climb. ... We are not at the low numbers I would hope we would be at going into the holidays”

State schedules sales tax holiday for Friday, Saturday

A state sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21.

  SRAC’S ‘Christmas in the Sky’ returns as ‘Club 365’

SRAC's Christmas in the Sky event will not return in 2020 — instead, the organization will launch Club 365.

KSLA to hold Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday

There’s still time while you’re at the store to pick up a little something extra for the needy in our community

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards returns home after being hospitalized for 2 days

He “had a bad cold” and tested negative COVID-19, pneumonia and the flu, his wife said

  North Caddo High School to temporarily move to virtual learning

Officials with North Caddo High School have announced they will be moving to an all virtual instruction model during the week of Nov. 16, with students returning to campus Nov. 30 after Thanksgiving break.

Friday, November 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  Drive-thru flu shot clinic opens Saturday, as COVID cases rise nationally

Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport is offering a drive-thru flu clinic on Saturday.

Reeves: Mississippi ‘not going to participate’ in nationwide lockdown

Tate Reeves to give press conference.

NET Health encourages behavior changes to avoid ‘unnecessary suffering and death’

Several East Texas counties are experiencing large scale, uncontrolled community transmission of COVID-19, according to NET Health.

Nearly 40K cases of COVID-19 reported across Texas public schools

The Texas Department of State Health Services states a combination of nearly 40,000 students and staff at public schools have contracted COVID-19 this school year.

Bars in Ascension Parish must close again after high positivity rate for two straight weeks

Due to a rising positivity rate, Ascension Parish is no longer eligible to opt in to Phase 3 guidelines for bars, meaning bars in the parish must close again.

Health experts recommend some Thanksgiving holiday changes due to COVID-19

As people begin to prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, local grocery stores are stocking up to make sure they are ready for anything even with Turkey Day looking a little different this year thanks to COVID-19.

Live performers still struggling despite eased COVID-19 restrictions in New Orleans

The City of New Orleans launches a new live entertainment permitting process as New Orleans moves into Phase 3.3 of reopening the economy.

State agencies green light Natchitoches Christmas Festival

The 94th annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival carries on this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, after the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Health approved a proposed plan.

Thursday, November 12: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La. as of Nov. 12

Gregg County cancels Monday jury selection due to COVID-19 spread

Prospective jurors, who had received a summons for Monday, November 16, are no longer required to appear.

Match-up between LSU, Alabama postponed after COVID-19 outbreak among LSU players

The LSU vs. No. 1 Alabama football game scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 in Tiger Stadium will be postponed due to the coronavirus.

  MLK Health Center stands at the ready to help if SCOTUS overturns health care law

21 million Americans — including a half million in Louisiana — could be left with no medical insurance

LHSAA announces football state championships to be played in Superdome; sets playoff guidelines

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has put together a plan to handle postseason play for prep football and it includes state championship games being played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

ADH releases revised guidelines for places of worship

Gov. Hutchinson starts the briefing by saying “the numbers aren’t good. The trend is not good...We are in for a very challenging time.”

Pizza Hut adds Beyond Meat to its menu

Pizza Hut has added Beyond Meat’s plant-based Italian sausage to its menu to become the first pizza chain in the U.S. to offer plant-based meat pizza.

  Community food drive organized for ETX nonprofit ahead of holidays

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mission Marshall is now simply irreplaceable — with countless families suffering both medically and financially.

There’s strong local reaction to 90% effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine that Pfizer is developing

There’s growing excitement about the potential success of a COVID-19 vaccine and what it could mean for the country.

  Caddo idles 2 schools, switches them to virtual learning

20% of campuses’ students, staffers absent due to common cold, strep throat, influenza and COVID-19

CDC, states draft plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines

Here are the documents submitted by Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas

  Elysian Fields Elementary closed to stop COVID-19 spread

The East Texas school district’s other campuses will remain open and will continue their regular schedules, says a post on the School District’s Facebook page.

Free COVID testing in Natchitoches

The testing site will be in the LSMSA parking lot at the corner of University Parkway and Caspari Street.

Natchitoches Junior High placed under quarantine

According to the Natchitoches Parish School Board Facebook page, Natchitoches Junior High is being placed under a 14-day quarantine.

New Orleans to remain in coronavirus Phase 3.2 through weekend

New Orleans officials said the city will remain in Phase 3.2 through the weekend.

Thursday, November 5: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

State extends emergency SNAP benefits through November

The emergency November allotments are in addition to the almost $1.5 billion in benefits previously provided to Texans between April and October.

  Friday marks final day of virtual learning in ETX school district after some students failing

Friday, November 5 marks the final day of virtual instruction, after the district reported a concerning trend of failing students.

  Issues facing Shreveport’s first-term mayor after losing Senate run

The underdog story of Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins' bid to become a U.S. senator came to an end on election night.

  Louisianans voted YES on Amendment 1, what it means moving forward

Amendment 1 would prevent the allowance of abortion, should states ever have the power to make their own guidelines.

Wednesday, November 4: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

COVID-19 now the 3rd leading cause of death in Arkansas

Hospitals are “tight” in northeast Arkansas, and they’re seeing a shortage in healthcare workers, not PPE.

Tuesday, November 3: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

Clinical psychologist offers advice on how to manage election stress

LSU Health Clinical Psychologist, Michelle Moore, PsyD, says it's normal to feel stress around election time, especially when you consider all that's happened this year.

New head of LSP on COVID-19 quarantine

The new head of Louisiana State Police did not report for his first full day on the job Monday, Nov. 2.

Crushed by the virus, 2 mall operators file for bankruptcy

Two mall operators filed for bankruptcy protection Monday.

Monday, November 2: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.