Rosemary Westwood

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Louisiana officials are facing rising scrutiny as COVID-19 spreads through jails and prisons in the state, facilities that critics argue are perfect breeding grounds for the highly contagious and deadly virus.

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A second person held at the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana has died of COVID-19.

Travis Lux / WWNO

New Orleans is consolidating its drive-through test sites for the coronavirus. The move is a response to a slow-down in traffic, and the need to consolidate resources, city officials said on Monday.

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Dr. Jeff Elder was an intern at Charity Hospital when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. He figured that would be the biggest emergency he’d deal with in his career.

He was wrong.

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Update, March 30: Two abortion clinics have resumed operations this week. 

Patients are being seen at the Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans and the Hope Medical Group for Women clinic in Shreveport.

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.

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?

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

Michael Reddle

One of the biggest challenges Louisiana has faced since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is testing. That’s been true for residents trying to figure out how to get care, and for medical professionals trying to provide it.