Virus roundup … 

    • The US is nearing 8 million COVID-19 cases and averaging more than 50,000 daily new infections, CNN reports. States across the U.S. are now reporting upticks in test positivity, which has “proven in the past to be a very good prediction of a surge in cases, which ultimately leads to a surge in hospitalizations, and then ultimately, in some individuals that will obviously be an increase in deaths,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Good Morning America Thursday. 

    • While the Baton Rouge area is on the right track in regard to slowing down the spread of COVID-19, parish officials have released guidelines for people to exercise healthy behavior especially with Halloween just around the corner. See a list of parishes that have released guidelines for Halloween from WAFB-TV.  

    • U.S. government officials are launching a new study testing three drugs to tamp down an overactive response by the immune system that can cause severe illness or death in people with COVID-19. The U.S. National Institutes of Health says the study will enroll 2,100 hospitalized adults with moderate to severe COVID-19 in the U.S. and Latin America. All will get the antiviral drug remdesivir plus one of the three “immune-modulating drugs” or a placebo.  

    • A study coordinated by the World Health Organization has indicated that remdesivir, along with three other potential drug treatments for the coronavirus, has “little or no effect” on death rates among hospitalized patients, CNBC reports.

    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 three of reopening.