Coronavirus

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Many Louisiana schools are scheduled to reopen next month, but if the state is still in Phase 2 of reopening, high contact sports like football will not resume.

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By Heather Richards, E&E News

SHREVEPORT, La. — Deloris Dee Lynch has help at home from her daughter, and she does enough online shopping to get by day to day. Lynch rarely leaves her house.

Coronavirus infections have been spiking for weeks in Louisiana's northernmost big city, as they have across the South and West, from Florida to Arizona.

At 61, Lynch is afraid that her respiratory disease and other health problems leave her vulnerable as the Southeast shatters daily records for new cases.

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has imposed a statewide mask mandate and new social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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