COVID-19

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Southwood High football team under quarantine

California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

Gov. on NEA: “You’ve got contrarians. I hope you have leaders who will say this is important to our hospitals.”

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

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

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  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

Tuesday, October 20: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

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

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

  Members of Southwood H.S. football team quarantined; two games canceled

Two upcoming Southwood High School football games are canceled and Homecoming is rescheduled after a few team members tested positive for COVID-19.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

What we know about the 25,609 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

Monday, October 19: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

  Early voting kicks off in Southwest Arkansas

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.

  Community pools money to help couple with storm repairs

“We need to gut the house and start over; that’s how bad it is,” their youngest daughter says

Cass County Clerk’s Office to be closed week of Oct. 19 due to COVID-19 diagnosis

Due to an employee in the office testing positive for COVID-19, the Cass County Clerk’s office will be closed to the public from Oct. 19 to 26, according to a Facebook post.

Sunday, October 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Sunday, Oct. 18: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in La.

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry about catching COVID-19 and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

  Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

Early voting begins on Oct. 16 in Northwest Louisiana

It’s time to head to the polls, Louisiana.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

Aircraft ventilation systems don’t spread viruses, DOD study says

The Department of Defense research concluded aircraft ventilation systems are effective at removing COVID-19 from the air.

  Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S.

Gov. John Bel Edwards to give update on state’s response to hurricanes and COVID-19

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a briefing on COVID-19 and Hurricanes Delta and Laura at 2:00 p.m. today.

  ‘Jagged Little Pill’ leads Tony Awards nominations with 15

The nominations were pulled from just 18 eligible plays and musicals, a fraction of the 34 shows the season before.

  US COVID cases surge to nearly 60K as pandemic wave builds

New cases rose in at least 35 states over the past week, while the nation averaged more than 50,000 new cases a day.

  US jobless claims rise to 898,000 with layoffs still high

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession.

  Think Pink Thursdays: the importance of getting a mammogram

Throughout the month of October, KSLA is highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with ‘Think Pink Thursday.’

  Louisiana Senate Bill 12 would allow clergy into hospitals and nursing homes

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged the entire country, with one of the biggest challenges being giving joy and support to our loved ones.

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

The research gives further evidence that blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is.

Superdome officials unveil COVID safe plan

Superdome discusses their Venue Shield plan, designed to keep the facility covid free, as Saints explore move to Tiger Stadium

Fogged glasses and masks have people frustrated; eye clinics see more foot traffic

Windshield wipers for eyeglasses never seemed so necessary until the pandemic hit. Fogged glasses while wearing your mask were annoying at first, but now for some, it’s downright uncomfortable.

New Orleans to host 2025 Super Bowl following switch to avoid Mardi Gras in 2024

Super Bowl LIX will be the 12th time the city has hosted a Super Bowl

  Closing schools is latest front in virus fight across Europe

European countries, and even regions inside countries, are applying drastically contrasting strategies to get a handle on the pandemic.

  Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

With this week’s pause of a second major vaccine study because of an unexplained illness a quarter of Americans say they won’t get vaccinated.

  Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

Other retailers like Macy’s have said that their Black Friday deals will be spread out and will encourage more online shopping, but none have given specific details.

Northeast Arkansas continues to lead the state in new cases, and the highest growth rate

Hutchinson pointed out that rural counties around the state have some of the highest positivity rates in the state.

La. House passes ‘Ka’Mauri Harrison Act’ in Jefferson Parish BB gun case

House Bill 83, better known as the “Ka’Mauri Harrison Act”, will give families more protections during virtual learning.

  In-person voting for Louisiana to begin Friday

It’s hard to believe, but we are now just days away from the first in-person voting of the 2020 presidential election in Louisiana.

  Pandemic takes toll on mental health of Americans

As of August, nearly 41% of adults surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported struggling with mental health issues.

  Possible safety issue spurs pause of COVID-19 antibody study

Eli Lilly confirmed Tuesday that the study had been paused “out of an abundance of caution”

  More masks, less play: Europe tightens rules as virus surges

The World Health Organization said Tuesday there were more than 700,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Europe last week, a jump of 34% compared to the previous week.

Texas Tech cancels in-person classes following Thanksgiving break

Texas Tech has announced the cancellation of in-person classes following thanksgiving break.

  Nevada man is first in North America to get coronavirus twice

The man first tested positive for COVID-19 in April and then tested positive again in June.

  Early voting kicks off in Texas; upcoming early voting info here

Early voting is officially underway across the Lone Star state. Voters can head to the polls from Tuesday, October 13, through Friday, October 30.

2nd COVID-19 vaccine trial paused over unexplained illness

Johnson & Johnson was aiming to enroll 60,000 volunteers to prove if its single-dose approach is safe and protects against the coronavirus.

  Young adults may spark COVID hot spots

Coronavirus cases are increasing in nearly every state in the US and new CDC research suggests young adults may be the sparks in new virus hot spots.

  Inundated with donations, Salvation Army ‘cleans out for Christmas’

Ahead of the holiday season, the Salvation Army of Northwest Louisiana needs your help making a difference for those in need.

Hospitalizations start reflecting rise in COVID-19 cases

When people get the coronavirus, “it takes several days before they’re sick enough to go into the hospital”

Arkansas reports 613 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths as state enters new week

The state of Arkansas has seen a total of over 92,000 COVID-19 cases reported since the virus began earlier this year, with state health officials also reporting increases in recoveries.

  At least 9 cases of COVID-19 traced to Trump rally in Minnesota

Health officials say wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding crowds are still the key factors that can help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Ex-NJ governor Chris Christie says he’s out of the hospital

Christie was part of a string of virus cases connected to President Donald Trump’s inner circle.

  UN: New daily record as COVID-19 cases hit more than 350,000

The WHO emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, acknowledged that even as COVID-19 continues to surge across the world, “there are no new answers.”

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until May 30

Although an exact date for various performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through May 30.

Friday, October 9: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana.

  Enrollment drops worry public schools as pandemic persists

Personal decisions could exacerbate the financial problems of public school systems that receive a set amount of state funding for every student they enroll, which are the vast majority.

Gov. Edwards says one of his staffers has tested positive for COVID-19

Gov. Jon Bel Edwards' administration announced Friday, Oct. 9 one of the governor’s staff members tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, Oct. 8.

  Shreveport man recovers from coronavirus after seven months in hospital

After seven months in the hospital, Troy Parks is now back home with his family,

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

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 8 he has signed an executive order that will keep Louisiana in Phase 3 of the White House’s guidelines for reopening the economy until Nov. 6.

  Gov. Edwards extends Phase III to Nov. 6

In a news conference held today at 3 p.m., Governor John Bel Edwards announced he has signed an executive order to keep Louisiana in Phase III until November 6.

Gov. John Bel Edwards holds news conference on Hurricane Delta and COVID-19

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a briefing on COVID-19 and Hurricane Delta at 3:00 p.m. today.

Kansas tweets that head coach Les Miles has COVID-19

The University of Kansas' football program has tweeted that head coach, Les Miles, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Smith County to ‘opt in’ on opening bars

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said Thursday that he will unquestionably “opt in” so that local bars can reopen to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s GA-32 Order, which is set to become effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14.

‘We were rooting for her’: Nurse dies from COVID-19 complications after long battle

Friends, loved ones and colleagues are mourning the death of a Southern California nurse who died from COVID-19 complications this week.

  US could have enough COVID vaccine for everyone by March, April

The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed is tasked with the goal of producing 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Upcoming Bossier High football games canceled; player tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement from Bossier Schools, Bossier High’s football team won’t see Friday night lights anytime soon.

Thursday, October 8: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana.