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NOLA Public Schools has bought 10,000 Chromebook laptops for its students to improve distance learning from their homes, the school district said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

James Demaria

In mid-March, the members of the New Orleans-based band Bon Bon Vivant found themselves stranded in Reno. The spread of the coronavirus had begun to shut down cities across the U.S., canceling their tour gigs. Then it started to snow.

Shawanda Jefferson picks up her four-year-old son at the unregulated child care center — her only option due to costs.
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The state has expanded the criteria for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to include “essential critical infrastructure workers,” according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Education.

Katie Sikora Photography

Hospital workers battling the coronavirus outbreak deserve our deepest gratitude — and what could be a more New Orleans way to show that than through food?

Patrick Madden / WWNO

Governor John Bel Edwards announced a mandatory statewide stay at home order starting at 5 p.m. Monday March 23, marking the state’s latest and most aggressive social distancing measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Edwards is instructing Louisiana residents not to leave their homes except for essential tasks until the order is lifted on Sunday April 12.

Harry Shearer
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Harry is back stateside and stuck inside like the rest of us for this week’s Le Show. He brings us News of the Warm, News of the Olympic Movement, The Apologies of the Week, keeps a close eye on President Trump and plays great music from Dire Straits, Martha and The Vandellas, The Beach Boys and more.

Thomas Binkley was an American lutenist and early music scholar. He founded and led the famous "Studio der Frühen Musik" in 1960 in Munich which performed and recorded early music for twenty years. This Continuum presents excerpts from two of the ensembles famous CDs directed by Binkley. The music is from the repertoire of the troubadours and trouveres and from the famous Carmina Burana.

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued what she called a "stay home mandate" in a press conference late Friday afternoon.

Residents must stay home whenever possible, going out only for critical needs, she said. "We are telling our people and businesses to stay home."

In response to a question near the end of the press conference, the mayor said, "It is a shelter-in-place."

Ashley Dean / WWNO

Life has changed dramatically in Louisiana over the past week as officials ask the public to limit contact with others and socially distance or isolate. Thousands are jobless or considering shutting down businesses, many of us are working from home (along with kids and spouses), anyone with flu symptoms is facing two weeks of isolating quarantine, and many others are worried about hospitalized family members in isolation.

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Update: Drive-through testing for the coronavirus has expanded across the New Orleans area to include all residents.