COVID-19

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

LDH: 298 vaccine providers in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

President-elect Biden’s COVID plan includes tax cuts for parents

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

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  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Where to donate convalescent plasma in the ArkLaTex

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

  Arkansas moving into Phase 1-B of COVID-19 vaccination plan

Monday, January 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

  Day of service, justice still important during the pandemic, civil rights organization says

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is meant to be a day of service. The national holiday is, like most things, forced into a new look as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

Longtime Parkway High football coach passes away from COVID-19

Students, staff, and community members in Bossier City are mourning the death of one of their own after losing longtime football coach, Kevin Black.

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

Her widower says he’s going to do what he can to make sure all three girls grow up knowing their mom.

State sees drop in total active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with new week ahead

The state of Arkansas saw decreases in total active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as state officials say the number of total cases rose by nearly 1,000 Sunday.

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

Sunday, January 17: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

  Shreveport artists from entertainment industry share their experiences through the pandemic

  LDH confirms first case of COVID-19 variant in Louisiana

LDH confirms first case of U.K. COVID variant in Louisiana

Community gathers to celebrate life of Shreveport firefighter who died from COVID-19 complications

The Shreveport Fire Department has announced funeral arrangements for one of their own, who died from complications from COVID-19.

What we know about the 14,014 active cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

  NWLA waiting for more COVID-19 vaccines

Northwest Louisiana is in short supply of vaccines, and there’s no timetable on when that might change.

Caddo Parish COVID-19 deaths surpass 500

According to the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office, Caddo Parish has reached 507 COVID-19 deaths.

  COVID-19 cases increasing in children, teens

While there have been fewer coronavirus cases reported in children between zero and 17 years old compared to adults, the CDC has released data showing the rate of cases in children has been increasing since March 2020.

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Friday, January 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Friday, January 15: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

‘We’re going to make a comeback:’ Krewe of Centaur keeping spirits high during a Mardi Gras absent of parades

Despite parade cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Krewe of Centaur is optimistic about what's in-store for the future.

  KSLA Salutes: COVID-19 vaccinations underway at Barksdale

Lt. Col. Kathryn Shaw, the 2nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, said Barksdale is following the Department of Defense’s plan to distribute and administer the vaccines.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

Arkansas daycare employees included in Phase 1-B protocol for COVID-19 vaccinations

"... It is time for us to get back to normalcy. I believe everybody is in that frame of mind”

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge

“I want to get out of the house, and get back to normal,” she said.

  LSU Health Shreveport depletes allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses, hopes to get more in near future

As of Jan. 14, LSU Health Shreveport has depleted its allocated number of vaccine doses.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

  Waiting patiently for a COVID vaccine? Non-profit offers tips to streamline process

Louisiana Hospital Association, a Baton Rouge-based non-profit that represents and advocates for more than 150 hospitals and health systems, is offering tips for those currently waiting for the vaccine - with hopes of streamlining the process.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

Thursday, January 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Thursday, January 14: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Vatican.

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

East Texans struggle to find available doses of COVID-19 vaccine

One couple traveled from Dallas to Tyler to get their first shot.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  Who ensures compliance with COVID-19 rules?

A spokeswoman explains the role of the state fire marshal’s office and how it handles non-compliance

Texas pair allegedly behind ‘My Buddy’ loans charged with pocketing $775K in COVID funds fraudulently

"At a time when small businesses most needed the help that the SBA was rushing to provide, these individuals took advantage of members of the public, depleting the available resources for small businesses and lining their own pockets," the attorney said.

  Why La. is not implementing mass COVID-19 vaccinations yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards says, in Louisiana, it makes more sense to first spread the doses out across the state.

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

  Additional COVID-19 vaccination sites added across northwest Louisiana

Collectively, Louisiana now has 209 providers, spread out across every parish, administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ten months after first reported cases, East Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations, new cases are highest ever

It was ten months ago today in the Tyler City Council chambers where officials announced the first cases of COVID-19 in Smith County. Now 306 days later, much has changed.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

Wednesday, January 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Wednesday, January 13: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

LDH: 2,900 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday; deaths surpass 8,000

21,000 people have received the second shot to complete their vaccination

Ark. Dept. of Health: People 70+ can get COVID-19 vaccine starting Jan. 18

The Arkansas Department of Health has released updated information regarding who in the state can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

Another round of payroll loans targeted to help struggling businesses

For New Orleans’ struggling, treasured restaurants, on chef says the PPP money is not the answer, but it will help.

Louisiana will not expand COVID vaccinations to people 65 and older yet

The latest push to get more COVID-19 vaccines into arms comes from the CDC, expanding the age limits in order to speed up the nation’s slow rollout.

Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in modified Phase 2 until Feb. 10

The governor is also expected to announce whether or not Louisiana will remain in its current "modified" Phase Two of reopening the economy, which is set to expire Wednesday, Jan. 13.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

  COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out at North Caddo Medical Center

The rural hospital plans to vaccinate 400 people this week with more inoculations to occur in the days ahead, as another shipment of doses arrives.

Arkansas’ 93rd General Assembly begins; new senate president sworn in

The 93rd General Assembly of the Arkansas legislature is underway, and taking the lead this session is a senator from the Ark-La-Tex area.

Gov: Teachers moved up to get Covid-19 vaccine sooner

The reasoning for moving up some candidates for vaccination is some hospital workers chose not to get vaccinated, so the shots will be made available to those who do want them.

Tuesday, January 12: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Tuesday, Jan. 12: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  Ochsner LSU Health among 209 providers in LA that will receive “very limited doses” of COVID-19 vaccine

Here's how to schedule your appointment at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport

  Biden gets 2nd dose of vaccine as team readies COVID-19 plan

Biden pulled off his sport jacket to reveal a dark, short-sleeve T-shirt underneath and said, “Ready, set, go.” Chief Nurse Executive Ric Cumin administered the Pfizer vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, close to the president-elect’s home.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

Pels at Mavericks game postponed due to COVID-19

The New Orleans Pelicans game at the Dallas Mavericks has been postponed tonight due to COVID-19.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.