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Stories about the impact of the coronavirus in Baton Rouge.

Pandemic leads companies to offer more voluntary medical benefits 

Like many things in 2020, employee benefits and perks are being reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. This open enrollment season—the period in late fall when...

PPP borrowers being asked to justify why they needed loans of $2M or more

The Small Business Administration has begun asking some Paycheck Protection Program borrowers to document why they needed the loans, drawing concern from advocacy and...

Businesses with front-line workers must complete vaccine survey by next week 

The Louisiana Department of Health today announced that employers and business owners who have been notified by the Louisiana Immunization Program as having personnel...

Baton Rouge hospitals fear Thanksgiving spike in COVID-19 cases

With some of Baton Rouge’s hospitals nearing capacity, local medical professionals today warned of an expected Thanksgiving spike in positive COVID-19 cases and urged...

BRAC dashboard shows continued improvement in local economy 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released its latest COVID-19 economic indicator dashboard, a report that examines and assesses the impact of the COVID-19...

State contact tracing program struggles to reach COVID patients, contacts

While public health experts have repeatedly said that a robust contact tracing program is key to curbing the spread of COVID-19, the Louisiana Department of Health’s efforts to get in touch with COVID-19-positive patients and persuade them to identify and provide the names and phone numbers for their contacts has been spotty at best, though it is improving.

Baton Rouge restaurants see mostly benefits from QR code menus

The pandemic has pushed QR code menus into the mainstream, with some Baton Rouge restaurants investing in the contactless codes for safety and cost reasons.

BRAC indicators show continued jobless claims down throughout Capital Region  

That Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released its latest economic indicator dashboard, which examines and assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy.  Key...

Louisiana Lagniappe owner suspicious of jobless claims he’s being asked to verify 

Like many employers throughout the pandemic, Louisiana Lagniappe owner Kevin Ortego has received “base claim” notices from the Louisiana Workforce Commission—form letters asking him to verify that a claimant seeking unemployment compensation previously worked for him. But unlike employers who know, or at least, recognize the names of the former employees they’re being asked to verify, Ortego has received what he estimates to be between 50 and 100 notices about people he’s never heard of, much less employed at his restaurant.

BRAC economic indicators highlight recovery gap among wage earners 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released its COVID-19 economic indicator dashboard that examines and assesses the impact of the pandemic on the regional...