Virus roundup … 

    • After witnessing its deadliest day since early May, the U.S. is closing in on 250,000 coronavirus fatalities. Nearly 1,900 deaths were reported Wednesday, as the country again set a record for the number of patients hospitalized nationwide. The Washington Post has the full story. 

    • Seven members of the U.S. House and Senate announced during the past week that they have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a burst of infections on Capitol Hill as cases have surged across the country, according to Louisiana Illuminator

    • University of Oxford scientists expect to report results from the late-stage trials of their COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, a key researcher said today as he discussed the team’s latest findings. 

    • Scientists who initially warned about contaminated surfaces now say that the virus spreads primarily through inhaled droplets, and that there is little to no evidence that deep cleaning mitigates the threat indoors, The New York Times reports. 

    • BREC is hosting a socially distanced “Reindeer Ride” on Dec. 5. The bike-riding event encourages participants to decorate their bicycles for a parade that will ride from BREC’s Farr Park campground, 6402 River Road, to the levee for the Baton Rouge Downtown Christmas Lighting Celebration. Get more information here.  

    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.