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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: 600,000+ gloves donated to help first responders in N.O. area [ Local Stories]

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Lowe's makes big donation to help fight COVID-19



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Hottest March on Record [ Local Stories]

The Mississippi River is forecast to crest at 17.3 feet. This is higher than it was last year. The forecast flow is supposed to be over 1.25 million cubic feet per second. That is the trigger to open the Bonnet Carre' Spillway. In fact the trigger may be reached by Friday, April 3rd. The New Orleans Division of the Corps of Engineers is considering recommending the opening of the Spillway.

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New Orleans Convention Center will now house 2,000 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients [ Local Stories]

Gov. John Bel Edwards has already decided to increase the number of hospital beds at the New Orleans Convention Center.



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Mississippi River is rising [ Local Stories]

The Mississippi River is high and rising. Now 15.85 feet. Last night it was over 16 feet, so there will be fluctuations. The forecast crest has changed. Last night it was forecast to crest at 16.9 feet April 12th. Now it is forecast to crest at 17.3 feet April 12th. This is higher than last year. The flow rate is forecast at 1.25 million cubic feet per second. This is the trigger to open the Spillway. The trigger may occur as soon as April 3rd. The New Orleans District of the Corps of Engineers is considering recommending the opening of the Bonnet Carre' Spillway to safely allow the water to flow past New Orleans.

This past Friday we had a container ship run hard aground south of Belle Chasse. Tugboats were able to get it off the land. The levee was not damaged. When the River is high, navigation and docking is more difficult. That is one of the concerns with high fast water.

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'It's every shift almost that we hold somebody's hand as they die,' local nurse says [ Local Stories]

"It's every shift almost that we hold somebody's hand as they die,' local nurse says



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New Orleans police, fire dept. members visit essential businesses to ensure COVID-19 compliance [ Local Stories]

Nonessential businesses -- bars, casinos, clubs, fitness centers -- have been shut down under an order by Gov. John Bel Edwards.



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Where to Find Fresh Baked Goods for Takeout or Delivery in New Orleans Right Now - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Bellegarde’s famous epi bread  | Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

New Orleans bakeries currently open for pickup or delivery during the COVID-19 crisis

While it seems like everyone is spending their stay-at-home order baking bread, sometimes its best to leave it to the professionals. Luckily, options for fresh baked goods in New Orleans have increased and diversified in recent years, and many of the best bakeries are currently open for curbside pickup or delivery in accordance with current city guidelines.

This is a list of some, not all, of the bakeries that are currently selling bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods for pickup or delivery in New Orleans. With today’s ever-changing circumstances, we recommend calling or checking each bakery’s website or social media accounts for the most current information.

Not seeing a bakery open for takeout or delivery? Has a bakery on the map suspended either service? Let us know.


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More than 14,000 pounds of potatoes, potato products head to Second Harvest courtesy of Rouses [ Local Stories]

More than 14,000 pounds of potatoes and potato products were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans by Rouses Supermarkets.



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Corps of Engineers considers opening of Bonnet Carré Spillway as Miss. River rises [ Local Stories]

The rising Mississippi River may prompt an opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway.



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Louisiana church pastor issued court summons for violating large crowd ban due to COVID-19 [ Local Stories]

A Louisiana pastor was issued a summons for violating restrictions that are in place on large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.



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Worried about evictions, foreclosures? New Orleans City Council gives fact sheet [ Local Stories]

According to recent figures from the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 70,000 Louisianians have applied for unemployment benefits.



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911 Emergency Center takes on more calls as coronavirus concerns rise [ Local Stories]

The Orleans Parish Communication District is getting an overwhelming number of 911 calls by people who are concerned about the coronavirus.



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Sean Payton: 2020 'final season' for Drew Brees; Taysom Hill 'first and foremost' a quarterback [ Local Stories]

The 2020 season will be Drew Brees final one in the NFL, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said during an interview Tuesday.



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Tulane lab offers new COVID-19 test that gives results in four hours [ Local Stories]

The rapid turnaround of the tests will help doctors release patients who test negative and quarantine those who are positive.



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Loyola New Orleans professors donate medical supplies to Tulane [ Local Stories]

On Monday, professors Dr. C.J. Stephenson and Dr. Elin Grissom, of Loyola New Orleans, collected equipment from campus to donate to Tulane Medical Center.



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Margaret's Weather Picture for March 31,2020 [ Local Stories]

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I-10 East closed at the 610 split due to an accident [ Local Stories]

An accident on I-10 east has shut down traffic at the 610 split



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Videocast: Scattered showers and a few spotty storms this morning [ Local Stories]

A cold front will bring scattered showers and a few spotty storms this morning.



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Monday, March 30, 2020

ON THE FRONTLINES: How doctors at Ochsner are protecting staff [ Local Stories]

"In" with the old AND with the new- How Ochsner is batting COVID-19



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March is on target to be the Hottest ever [ Local Stories]

Finally rain chances are going up overnight into Tuesday morning, but rainfall is only forecast to be 1/10th of an inch to maybe 1/4 of an inch. There is a marginal risk severe weather for NE section of Northshore to South Mississippi in the morning. Cold front moves through in the morning. Drier air will move into the area with some sunshine in the afternoon. Breezy conditions.

Mississippi River is high and rising. Now 16.02 feet. Forecast to crest at 16.9 feet April 12th. Right now there are 30 minor seepage points in the Metro.

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No end in site for distance learning [ Local Stories]

School leaders prepare contingency plans in case closures last through summer



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Decision to be made soon on Louisiana schools amid COVID-19 shutdowns [ Local Stories]

The current date for schools to reopen was set for April 13, but that will likely not become reality because the stay-at-home will be extended until April 30 for all of Louisiana.



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Many Louisiana households to get extra boost to SNAP benefits due to COVID-19 crisis [ Local Stories]

More than half of food stamp recipients in Louisiana will get an extra boost of funds on their cards before the month ends due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.



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Orleans Parish to condense to one drive-thru testing site with max 500 tests [ Local Stories]

The city of New Orleans is condensing the number of drive-thru testing locations for COVID-19.



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Louisiana's 211 network logs more than 27,000 calls about COVID-19 [ Local Stories]

Since COVID-19 first appeared in Louisiana, the state's 211 network has logged more than 27,000 calls with questions about the coronavirus.



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Top New Orleans Restaurants Cease Takeout as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Cochon, part of Donald Link’s restaurant group, has ceased takeout and shifted to feeding NOLA’s service industry | Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

As restaurants suspend takeout, Donald Link’s restaurant group shifts to feeding New Orleans’s service industry

As of Monday, March 30, a handful of New Orleans’s best-known restaurants — including the world-famous Commander’s Palace and those in the Donald Link restaurant group portfolio — have announced the decision to shift operations once again, ceasing takeout and delivery services altogether as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continues to increase.

21 days after the first New Orleans-area case of the novel coronavirus was announced, the city is now considered a hotspot, with Gov. John Bel Edwards saying over the weekend that this is the “critical week” in which New Orleans hospitals are projected to be overwhelmed by the number of patients in need of treatment.

In response to the Governor’s statements on Sunday, the owner of longtime French Quarter seafood destination GW Fins Gary Wollerman announced that he’d be temporarily closing, saying he felt it it was “the only socially responsible course of action.” Wollerman added he and his team would reevaluate at the end of two weeks.

On Friday, March 27, an announcement on Commander’s Palace’s website also announced a two-week pause “to give our team time to take a breath,” saying owners will “reassess daily.” The restaurant’s famous turtle soup will be available at Rouses grocery store, and it’s preparing to sell it online at Goldbelly.com.

Friday was the last day of curbside pickup and delivery for all the the beloved Donald Link restaurants as well — Peche, Herbsaint, Cochon and Cochon Butcher, La Boulangerie, and the new Gianna — have suspended their to-go and delivery services offered since the shutdown of restaurant dining rooms. Owners Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski said in a statement posted on Saturday that the decision was made out of concern for the health and safety of “existing” team members and in an effort to help contain the spread of the virus.

Instead, the Link team has pivoted to feeding New Orleans’s restaurant workers for the moment, with help from Maker’s Mark and the LEE Initiative. Meals are being distributed curbside at Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas Street) from 1 to 3 p.m. today, March 30, to those with a state ID and a recent paycheck stub as proof of restaurant employment.

Back in the kitchen, preparing meals to feed NOLA restaurant workers affected by the pandemic, in partnership with Maker...

Posted by Gianna Restaurant on Monday, March 30, 2020

Follow the Link group’s meal distribution for restaurant workers here, and for other local efforts, funds, and initiatives intended to support New Orleans’s restaurants and service industry, see Eater’s running list here.

Do you know of a local fund or initiative to support New Orleans’s service industry? Heard of a restaurant closing permanently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know.


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St. Charles Parish Public Schools will hand out grab and go meals for another day [ Local Stories]

St. Charles Parish Public Schools will handout grab and go meals for another day.



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Arrest made in Louisiana house fire that killed woman, her 3 granddaughters, officials say [ Local Stories]

Officials in Louisiana have announced an arrest in a house fire that killed a grandmother and three of her young granddaughters about a month ago.



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Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: 4,025 COVID-19 cases in state; 185 deaths reported [ Local Stories]

Louisiana's stay-at-home order could be extended due to the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak now affecting 59 of the state's 64 parishes.



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Texas tightens rules on neighboring Louisiana because of COVID-19 spread [ Local Stories]

Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for the coronavirus in the nation.



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Mississippi businesses shift production, stay afloat during COVID-19 pandemic [ Local Stories]

Some Mississippi businesses are shifting their production to essential products in response to the coronavirus pandemic.



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Hundreds attend services at Louisiana church despite COVID-19 restrictions across state [ Local Stories]

Hundreds of people in Louisiana attended worship services at their church in defiance of the state's ban on gatherings due to COVID-19.



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Grab-and-go meals for children resumed in St. Tammany Parish; where to get them [ Local Stories]

There is a daily and weekly meal option for STPPS students and children 18 and under.



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Margaret's Weather Picture for March 30, 2020 [ Local Stories]

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American working in China talks experience being in epicenter during coronavirus outbreak [ Local Stories]

Fletcher Mackel spoke with a man who has been at the epicenter of this crisis in China, American journalist Jonathan Betz.



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Videocast: Showers and storms Tuesday, cooler Wednesday [ Local Stories]

A cold front will bring scattered showers and storms overnight and Tuesday.



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New Orleans man recovering from COVID-19 shares his story [ Local Stories]

Lawrence Clark urges the public to take the pandemic seriously



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Help is on the way for struggling businesses in Louisiana [ Local Stories]

GNO, JEDCO offer online resources to explain the CARES Act



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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Maps show the latest number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana and Mississippi [ Local Stories]

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to climb, we’re tracking the number of cases here in Louisiana.



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Rain, few storms possible Monday night into Tuesday [ Local Stories]

We've had a slight break from the humidity Sunday, and we may get another break from it after a cold front passes through Tuesday.



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JPSO: Child reported missing from Gretna [ Local Stories]

A 3-year-old child has been missing since Sunday morning, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.



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Homicide investigation underway after man shot, killed in Metairie, JPSO says [ Local Stories]

A homicide investigation is underway after the shooting death of a man in Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.



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Morial Convention Center to be used for COVID-19 patients who no longer need hospitalization [ Local Stories]

The center will have 1,000 beds, but will have additional capacity if needed.



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Dr. Hebert talks about whether you should begin taking prevention measures now [ Local Stories]

WDSU Medical Editor Dr. Corey Hebert joins us in the studio to answer your questions about the coronavirus. Today, he talked if you should begin taking prevention measures amid the coronavirus outbreak.



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Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: 3,540 COVID-19 cases in state; 151 deaths reported [ Local Stories]

Louisiana surpassed the 3,000 mark for coronavirus cases this weekend. Of those cases, more than 100 residents have died of COVID-19.



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NOPD: Arrest warrant issued for one organizer of large Uptown gathering; 'more arrests will follow' [ Local Stories]

The effort by police to shut down the event is part of a ban on large gatherings that has been in place for a couple weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.



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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigating deputy-involved shooting [ Local Stories]

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Marrero Saturday.



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Few showers from cold front overnight [ Local Stories]

A cold front will move through southeast Louisiana overnight into Sunday morning and may provide an opportunity for a few showers.



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Dr. Corey Hebert talks about how to clean a home after someone has been infected [ Local Stories]

WDSU Medical Editor Dr. Corey Hebert answers your questions about how to clean a house after someone has been infected, and how to handle the situation when a loved one works in the medical field.



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Church holds drive-thru grocery giveaway to help people impacted by the coronavirus [ Local Stories]

Impact Ministries of New Orleans held a drive-thru grocery giveaway to help people who can't make it to the store amid the coronavirus outbreak.



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Police search for man wanted in Kenner Walmart robbery [ Local Stories]

Kenner police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Walmart on Saturday.



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Tulane University Athletics donates materials to Tulane Medical Center [ Local Stories]

Tulane University Athletics donates materials to Tulane Medical Center



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New Orleans distillery makes own hand sanitizer to help community [ Local Stories]

New Orleans distillery makes own hand sanitizer to help community



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Father of Saints hall of fame quarterback Bobby Hebert dies from COVID-19 [ Local Stories]

The father of Saints hall of fame quarterback Bobby Hebert has passed away from COVID-19.



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New Orleans kicks off personal protective equipment donation drive for first responders [ Local Stories]

Supplies of personal protective equipment for first responders in New Orleans are running low and city leaders hope residents can do their part to help fill the need.



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Check out this list of area churches with livestreams amid COVID-19 closures [ Local Stories]

Most churches across Louisiana will be empty this weekend because of restrictions against large groups in one place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.



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Man, his mother arrested in connection with deadly Baton Rouge shooting, police say [ Local Stories]

A Louisiana man and his mother were arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a man at a gas station, authorities said.



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Increased testing shows ballooning COVID-19 cases in Louisiana; state surpasses 3,000 case mark [ Local Stories]

President Donald Trump granted a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana on Tuesday night, acknowledging the scale of Louisiana’s outbreak and unlocking millions of dollars in federal aid for the state’s response.



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11 assisted living facilities have two or more COVID-19 cases, state health officials say [ Local Stories]

The Louisiana Department of Health has identified COVID-19 clusters in 11 nursing home/independent living/assisted living facilities in the state.



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Tips to avoid the coronavirus while shopping at grocery stores [ Local Stories]

Tips to avoid the coronavirus while shopping at grocery stores



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New Orleans murders in 2019: Explore a map of the killings [ Local Stories]

Explore WDSU's murder map, which includes the names of each victim, their age and the date of death.



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Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: 3,315 cases in state; 137 deaths reported [ Local Stories]

Louisiana is in its first weekend of observing a stay-at-home order that was issued to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.



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Friday, March 27, 2020

Worried sick: Harahan family questioning potential COVID-19 cases at nursing home [ Local Stories]

A woman tells WDSU she has not seen or heard from her 94-year-old mother in two weeks



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Cold front in sight [ Local Stories]

A bit of a breeze overnight will help keep our lows up. Lows will be in the mid 60s to low 70s. Some patchy fog is possible, but not likely. More likely we will have more of a low cloud deck in the morning, then skies will become partly cloudy.

The Mississippi River is at 15.36 feet. The River is forecast to crest at 16.5 feet April 9th. There are 30 minor seepage points.

A stronger cold front will move our way Tuesday with the potential for some storms. The greater risk for storms will be more to our North near Jackson, Mississippi. The cold front moves through with sunny skies forecast Wednesday and breezy conditions. You will also notice the humidity dropping!

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3 juveniles in state custody test positive for coronavirus, Office of Juvenile Justice says [ Local Stories]

The agency is not specifying where the three juveniles with coronavirus are housed.



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Daycare Coronavirus Concerns [ Local Stories]

Local Daycares worried about impact of the Coronavirus



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Rain chances Sunday [ Local Stories]

Temperatures will not cool much overnight. We will have a bit of a breeze which will mix up the atmosphere. Lows will be in the mid 60s to low 70s. Some light patchy fog is possible, but it will more likely be a cloud deck thanks to the wind.

The Mississippi River is now 15.33 feet. It is forecast to crest at 16.5 feet April 9th. The high river is mainly a concern for navigation and docking. There are 30 minor seepage points.

A warm front will move north across the area Monday with some showers. A cold front will move across the area Tuesday with a higher rain chance. There is the potential for some storms, but that chance is more to our North near Jackson, MS. Cooler and drier air will move in for Wednesday.

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Florida orders Louisiana arrivals into quarantine; highway patrol to check vehicles [ Local Stories]

The order will require anyone who arrives from Louisiana to isolate themselves for two weeks under the threat of a misdemeanor conviction and a 60-day jail sentence.



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Louisiana plans to house local and state inmates with coronavirus at Angola and another prison [ Local Stories]

Local sheriffs not equipped to treat inmates with COVID-19 can transfer infected inmates to Angola or Allen Correctional Center, DOC said.



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'It’s terrifying:' New Orleans nurse describes lack of supplies amid COVID-19 health crisis [ Local Stories]

A New Orleans nurse on the front lines of the COVID-19 health crisis is describing what he and his coworkers are battling.



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Where Y'at magazine's 6 picks for cooking at home [ Local Stories]

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The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans, Delivery Edition - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Lotus Bistro, Lakeview’ new sushi restaurant, is now offering delivery | Lotus Bistro/Facebook

New Orleans’s newest restaurants now offering delivery service amid coronavirus restrictions

The Eater heatmap is a guide to the hottest restaurants in New Orleans this month; spots around town that have been around for one year or less and are serving up fresh, quality cuisine that has diners buzzing. And while restaurant dining rooms are currently closed due to statewide coronavirus-related restrictions, it’s still possible to keep up with this season’s restaurant to-do list. Here, Eater has rounded up New Orleans’s hottest new restaurants that are currently offering delivery services in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.


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Container ship runs aground near Braithwaite [ Local Stories]

The Coast Guard responded to the vessel near mile marker 81 of the Mississippi River.



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Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: Now 2,746 COVID-19 cases, 119 deaths; 1,000+ cases in NOLA [ Local Stories]

The Bayou State is now tied for the nation's second-highest rate of coronavirus cases per capita, according to Louisiana's governor.



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Are men more likely to die from COVID-19 than women? [ Local Stories]

Are men more likely to die from COVID-19 than women?



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Mississippi to trace contacts of virus-positive cases [ Local Stories]

Mississippi health officials said they will try to find people who've been near those testing positive for the coronavirus.



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Coronavirus latest: Louisiana to receive federal field hospitals for virus [ Local Stories]

President Donald Trump has agreed to set up two federal field hospitals in Louisiana and send down public health staff to help with the worsening outbreak.



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How long does coronavirus last on surfaces? Dr. Hebert answers the question [ Local Stories]

How long does coronavirus last on surfaces? Dr. Hebert answers the question



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Dr. Hebert: Yes, wash your fruits and vegetables with soap [ Local Stories]

Dr. Hebert: Yes, wash your fruits and vegetables with soap



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Emergency work happening now after water main break in Westbank area, S&WB says [ Local Stories]

Officials said a non-S&WB contractor ruptured the 20-inch water main while working in the area.



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Do what you can: United Way in New Orleans area needs volunteers during COVID-19 crisis [ Local Stories]

The United Way in the New Orleans area needs volunteers to help people impacted during the COVID-19 crisis.



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Coronavirus strains New Orleans’ lean affordable housing stock; short-term renters want to step up [ Local Stories]

The outbreak of the coronavirus has intensified what many have said was already a crisis in New Orleans – the lack of safe, affordable housing.



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Margaret's Weather Picture for March 27, 2020 [ Local Stories]

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Videocast: Record-heat through Saturday, cold front early Sunday [ Local Stories]

Record heat stretches in Saturday ahead of weak cold front



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cold front in sight [ Local Stories]

The Mississippi River is 15.18 feet. Once it goes above 15 feet, the Corps of Engineers conducts daily inspections of the levees. Forecast crest is 16.5 feet, which is below the recent crest. There are 30 minor seepage points.

The pollen is high, especially Oak Pollen. Rain would help wash out the atmosphere, but our rain chances are low. There is a slight chance Sunday as a weak cold front gets into the area, but rain amounts will stay low. A warm front will move North Monday with some showers, and then a cold front will move through Tuesday with some showers.

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Local food banks low on supplies but not people needing help [ Local Stories]

Local food banks low on supplies but more people needing help



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Protective equipment, medical supplies arrive for LCMC Health facilities in New Orleans area [ Local Stories]

LCMC Health's facilities include Children's Hospital New Orleans, New Orleans East Hospital, Touro Hospital, University Medical Center New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center.



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Support NOLA-Made Beer With Pickup From These Local Breweries - [Eater New Orleans - All]


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New Orleans breweries add pickup and delivery for quality beer drinking during the pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, New Orleans breweries have been forced to close their taprooms until at least April 13. But the local beer scene has long thrived for a reason, and most of the city’s taprooms have quickly set up online ordering sites and established a process to pick up the brews that so many New Orleanians have come to love. Here now are the local breweries to support by ordering to-go crowlers, growlers, bottles, cans, merch, and more.

Did we miss a local brewery now offering curbside pickup or delivery? Let us know.


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COVID-19 in Louisiana: 17-year-old from New Orleans, youngest to date, dies from coronavirus [ Local Stories]

A 17-year-old from New Orleans died of COVID-19, the youngest Louisianan to die since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the Bayou State.



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Tangipahoa Parish to deliver meals to students [ Local Stories]

Tangipahoa Parish is teaming up with Baylor University to provide breakfast and lunch to children.



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WHY IS MEMPHIS DOING THIS, AND NOT NEW ORLEANS? - [OffBeat Magazine]


What a great idea! On the morning of March 25, I got this press release from Memphis:

Memphis Tourism’s Music Hub Launches “Get Live! Memphis” Online Music Festival with Facebook
Free Virtual Entertainment & Fundraising Event to Support Memphis Musicians During Global Health Crisis

In an effort to support Memphis’ local music community and engage global audiences, Memphis Tourism’s Music Hub has created a virtual music relay festival. The event will kick off with one performance on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 and continue through Saturday evening with performances scheduled at a variety of times over three days. The festival will be held via a Facebook event, co-hosted by Memphis Tourism and I Love Memphis. Several other pop-up virtual performances will happen throughout the week on Instagram Live to virtually promote the event.

“This is the time to give back to the Memphis music community that has given so much to our city’s cultural identity,” says Music Specialist Jayne Ellen White. “Our music has brought such joy to so many and now is the time to speak to the world through our universal language: music.”

The lineup includes headliners such as Mononeon, Ben Nichols of Lucero, and Grammy-nominated band Southern Avenue and eight other bands.

“Memphis Tourism’s Music Hub is partnering with Music Export Memphis to collect donations for a COVID-19 Relief Fund benefiting musicians who have lost gigs as a result of the health crisis.

“Memphians, especially our musicians, have always given back in times of need. This project serves as a way for the global community of music fans to help support the Memphis music community during this challenging time.

“’Our local musicians play an integral part of the Memphis destination’s identity as a live music city,’ says Kevin Kane, President and CEO of Memphis Tourism. ‘Their talents not only keep Memphis’ music scene vibrant but, now more than ever, they are able to share those talents to lift up, not only our local community but also a world of music fans. As people around the world connect with us during this virtual musical festival, these outstanding artists will have an opportunity to not only share their talents with new audiences, but also share messages of hope.’”

The event page, which is co-hosted by Memphis Tourism and I Love Memphis, can be accessed via this link.

I sent this press release to a representative at NewOrleans.com (New Orleans’ Convention and Visitors Bureau) and was told that they were working with restaurants remaining open to drum up business, working to rebook groups and festivals, and that if someone comes up with something they will help promote on social media. I also sent the same press release to the City of New Orleans Cultural Economy office, and have not yet received a response. It appears as though, once again, if the musicians and music ecosystem in this town need help, they have to put it all together themselves. It’s sort of always been that way, but you’d think that since that tourism studies show that New Orleans’ prime draws are food and music, that music would get some consideration in proactive efforts from city officials. Why isn’t this happening?

It’s going to be a long time until we can get back to anything near normalcy. Until then the music community needs help too, and the city should step up with all available resources to keep our music scene alive.

 

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Orleans Criminal Court judges order release of certain inmates amid coronavirus crisis [ Local Stories]

Among those whose release was ordered are inmates awaiting trials on misdemeanors.



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COVID-19 in Louisiana: 2,305 coronavirus cases reported, 83 deaths; New Orleans now at 997 cases [ Local Stories]

Louisiana is scrambling to ready makeshift hospitals and track down ventilators as the steady uptick of coronavirus cases continues, now surpassing the 2,000 mark.



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Drew Brees, wife pledge $5 million to Louisiana to feed families in need during COVID-19 crisis [ Local Stories]

Their goal is to feed children on meal programs, seniors and families in need.



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How do you file for unemployment online? Louisiana Workforce Commission takes you through steps [ Local Stories]

Officials for the Louisiana Workforce Commission have been stepping up efforts to help those who have been impacted by layoffs or who are temporarily unemployed.



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Look at the numbers: 70,000+ unemployment claims filed in Louisiana compared to 2,000 for prior week [ Local Stories]

More than 70,000 Louisianians applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor.



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Jefferson Parish jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19, health administrator says [ Local Stories]

A medical worker at the jail has also tested positive for COVID-19, but has since recovered and returned to work.



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Margaret's Weather Picture for March 26, 2020 [ Local Stories]

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Videocast: Turning up the heat, weekend cold front [ Local Stories]

Record highs will be broken through Saturday.



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Plans in the works for Morial Convention Center to be used for COVID-19 patients [ Local Stories]

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Gov. Edwards expect hospitals to be at critical stage by Apr. 7



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A natural remedy could help the coronavirus [ Local Stories]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Low rain chances [ Local Stories]

The Mississippi River is rising. It's now up to 15.04 feet. The Corps of Engineers is now doing daily inspections of the levees in the Metro area. There are also 30 minor seepage points in the Metro.

Pollen is an issue. Oak pollen is the main culprit. We do not have a high rain chance anytime soon to wash out the atmosphere, so pollen will continue to be a problem.

The soil is very dry. Right now we are 2.58" of rain below average for the month. Highs in the 80s are causing a lot of evaporation. If you have a garden, it's time to water.

A weak cold front will move through early Sunday with a slight rain chance. It will be a little cooler. An area of low pressure will develop along the front and move our way giving us a higher rain chance going into Tuesday.

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Bridging the distance learning gap; Help with food, work space and technology [ Local Stories]

School systems and businesses in Jefferson and Orleans finding ways to support students while schools are closed



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New Orleans hotels could be part of temporary COVID-19 housing plan for homeless [ Local Stories]

Hotels are also apparently being considered as an option for hospital patients once those facilities reach capacity.



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We need rain [ Local Stories]

The Mississippi River hit 15.03 feet today. Once the River hits 15 feet at New Orleans, the Corps of Engineers enters phase 2. That means daily inspections of the levees. Right now there are 30 minor seepage points.

Oak pollen is causing problems now. Right now the pollen is moderate. Rain would help clear the atmosphere, but rain chances are low.

A cold front will move through Sunday morning with some showers. An area of low pressure is forecast to develop along the old boundary Monday and Tuesday. This will increase our rain chances.

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Free pet food pantry opens in New Orleans [ Local Stories]

Shelters reporting increasing numbers of pets being abandoned amid coronaviris crisis



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Musicians Go Online - Live Streaming

Musicians are playing live gigs online and passing the cyber tip jar to earn some cash. Bands who are usually playing concerts are being kept home due to Coronavirus. This is a great time to check out some new music as well as support you favorites. Tune in, tip and enjoy their shows.

 Find a partial list of artists playing online at https://x.nola411.com/musiC19


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New coronavirus testing sites open in New Orleans area [ Local Stories]

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St. Charles Parish Public Schools employee tests positive for COVID-19, officials say [ Local Stories]

A St. Charles Parish Public Schools employee tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.



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Dr. Corey Hebert: How does spread of COVID-19 compare to other contagious diseases? [ Local Stories]

Dr. Corey Hebert compares the spread of COVID-19 to other contagious diseases.



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Coronavirus myths: Dr. Corey Hebert dispels some of those COVID-19 rumors [ Local Stories]

Dr. Corey Hebert talks about myths that have been circulating on social media throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.



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COVID-19 impacts on health care workers: Infected doctors, nurses mean shortages [ Local Stories]

Dr. Corey Hebert, WDSU medical editor, talks about how doctors and nurses are on the frontline of the health crisis, often becoming sick themselves.



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More on COVID-19: Why is flattening curve important? Dr. Corey Hebert explains [ Local Stories]

We've heard it referenced day in and day out throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.



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11 New Orleans Restaurants Offering Great Deals on Wine To-Go - [Eater New Orleans - All]


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Skip the grocery store wine and grab a bottle at a discount from these restaurants

With New Orleans restaurants restricted to curbside pickup and delivery under a statewide order due to the novel coronavirus, establishments are losing out on their all-important beer, wine, and liquor sales. Now, restaurants with some of the city’s best wine lists are making moves to maintain sales and offload inventory, including passing along major discounts to customers ordering pickup or delivery.

So skip the grocery store wine and order your vino to-go from of these top-notch restaurants now offering some very special deals.

Did we miss your favorite restaurant offering specials on wine to-go? Let us know.


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Mississippi AG cracks down on price gouging amid COVID-19 crisis [ Local Stories]

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she will not tolerate price gouging.



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Statewide burn ban in effect [ Local Stories]

State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain issued a statewide cease and desist order for all private burning.



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A Running List of Funds and Support Initiatives for New Orleans’s Service Industry - [Eater New Orleans - All]


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Where New Orleans’s service and hospitality industry can find support and how diners can help

With Louisiana bars and restaurant dining rooms closed until at least April 13, hundreds of New Orleans service industry employees are out of work, with many more sure to follow. And while there are various ways to support the city’s favorite restaurants — many of which are open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery — their former workers are also in need of immediate help.

As diners are looking for ways to support their favorite restaurant staffers, Eater New Orleans will update a running list of relief funds, grants, and other initiatives intended to help the city’s service and hospitality industry in the coming weeks or months. Please email nola@eater.com with updates.

Note: This list does not currently include individual restaurant or restaurant group relief funds for former employees.


  • Culture Aid NOLA: CAN is working with restaurants, management groups, suppliers, and chefs to provide access to healthy food for out of work service and entertainment workers, and also assists with Medicaid access navigation and advocacy for cultural groups. Culture Aid Nola is a collaboration between MACCNO, NOMAF, No Hunger NOLA, Healthy Hospitality, and others.
  • Go Fund Bean: In addition to the NOLA Virtual Tip Jar and NOLA Tipping Party (both below), this version is specifically for baristas. The Instagram account @gofundbean opens up virtual tip jars for cafes.
  • Greater New Orleans Foundation Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program: An application-based grant program for local service and hospitality workers. To qualify for the $1,000 grant, applicants musth ave earned below 80 percent of the Area Median Income prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and worked more than 32 hours per week in restaurants, bars, or hotels in GNOF’s 13-parish region prior to March 9.
  • New Orleans Business Alliance Gig Economy Relief Fund: NOLABA is committing $100,000 to initiate a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted by loss of income; the goal is to increase the fund assets to a minimum of $500,000.
  • New Orleans Tipping Party: Alist of bartenders around the city and their Venmos so that you can get funds to bartenders directly.
  • NOLA Virtual Tip Jar: A former local service industry employee has created a public Google doc listing the Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal usernames of New Orleans-area service industry workers so people can donate to workers directly.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Second Harvest Food Bank will continue to establish distribution sites for members of the hospitality industry and gig economy.
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund: United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) created a fund to provide one-time emergency grants up to $500 to hospitality workers unable to afford basic financial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Did we miss a local fund or initiative to support New Orleans’s service industry? Heard of a restaurant closing permanently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know.


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COVID-19 latest in Louisiana: 1,795 positive coronavirus cases in state; 65 deaths [ Local Stories]

The Louisiana Department of Health released the latest coronavirus figures Wednesday.



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Margaret's Weather Picture for March 25, 2020 [ Local Stories]

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Videocast: More record heat, weekend cold front [ Local Stories]

Record heat will continue through Saturday.



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NOFD investigates massive fire on Washington Ave. [ Local Stories]

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63-year-old New Orleans man recounts his time in ICU after testing positive for COVID19 [ Local Stories]

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

President Trump approves Louisiana Disaster Declaration [ Local Stories]

President Trump approves Louisiana Disaster Declaration



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Cold front in sight [ Local Stories]

Rain chances are low. We are about 2.43" of rain below average for the month. The soil is dry with the warm weather we have been having. Evaporation is taking place. It's time to water the garden! The rain would help with the high pollen too. Right now Oak and Willow pollen is high. Sedge is moderate.

A cold front will move through Saturday night with some rain chances for the first of the week and slightly cooler temperatures.

The Mississippi River is rising. It is forecast to reach 15 feet Wednesday. That means the Corps of Engineers will enter Phase 2 and will have daily inspections of the levees. Right now there are 30 minor seepage points in the Metro area.

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Local product designer aids with ventilator device [ Local Stories]

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New Orleans EMS will have surge ambulances assigned to the agency daily [ Local Stories]

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