1230 PM LRN News

61 additional COVID-19 deaths are reported in Louisiana today bringing the total number of fatalities from the disease to 1,601. Total confirmed cases are now over 26,000, but nearly 15,000 state residents who have tested positive have recovered and are no longer infectious. This means nearly 60 percent of all confirmed cases in Louisiana have recovered.

The state remains on a slow downward trajectory of viral spread and Governor Edwards says he’s looking at relaxing a few restrictions after the stay at home order ends April 30th. To do that, Edwards says the state is ramping up COVID testing capacity with the goal of being able to perform 200,000 tests in a month by May.

Edwards says currently the biggest challenge to meeting that mark is not lab capacity.

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The coronavirus pandemic may result in the demise of many department stores according to retail experts at Columbia University’s Business School.

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The Dean Lee Research Center in Alexandria will need to be rebuilt after taking direct hit from a tornado on Wednesday night. LSU AgCenter Central Region Director Tara Smith…

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