Virus roundup … 

    • Pfizer announced this morning that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The news sent the stock market soaring in early trading.

    • COVID-19 tests have siphoned supplies crucial for other kinds of medical exams, including strep throat, fungal infections and sexually transmitted diseases, forcing some labs to ration testing for certain conditions, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

    • In response to complaints that family and clergy were barred from hospitals and nursing homes during the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana legislators have rewritten state laws to lessen visitation restrictions during public health emergencies. The new rules still give discretion to the Louisiana Department of Health to decide just how wide open the visitation can be. Read the full story. 

    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.