Virus roundup … 

• The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began.

• A new emergency order from the Louisiana Department of Health requires K-12 schools to report their COVID-19 cases daily. This includes public, private, and charter schools. LDH has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to create a universal online reporting system for all schools across the state to use, WAFB-TV reports.

• A team of radiologists at LSU Health New Orleans has found that chest X-rays can aid in the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 because of specific signs in the lungs of COVID-19 patients. While the X-rays are not as accurate as traditional virus tests, they can be used along with a doctor’s clinical judgment as a cost-effective way to diagnose the disease when normal testing is limited.  

• The Louisiana Department of Corrections has suspended a work program that places inmates in the state Capitol building after two inmates tested positive for the coronavirus amid a surge in cases at the prison where they are incarcerated.  

Read more stories on how the coronavirus is impacting the Baton Rouge business community. See a roundup of resources available to those impacted by the pandemic. Click here to see a 225 magazine list of local restaurants offering patio seating or indoor dining during phase two of reopening.