• Weeks after ramping up Louisiana’s contact tracing plan, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state could use more help from the public through cooperating with contact tracers. “The contact tracing has to be effective,” Edwards says. “And it’s not going to be effective if people don’t answer the phone and allow the contact tracer to share information with those individuals.” As of June 8, a total of 521 people have been hired as contact tracers, with 427 having already completed training and 299 making calls.
• U.S. employers laid off 7.7 million workers in April—a deep economic hole that was created by the closure of thousands of offices, restaurants, stores and schools during the pandemic.
• The USS Kidd Veterans Museum announced today that it will not coordinate or sponsor the July 4 festivities in downtown Baton Rouge this year. Museum officials say they’ve decided it’s not advisable to encourage such a large gathering, even with Louisiana entering phase two of reopening, WAFB-TV reports.
• The LSU Tigers football team will return from its near 11-week absence from campus on Tuesday morning when the first groups of players return for workouts with the strength and conditioning staff, WBRZ-TV reports.
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