Virus roundup … 

    • The state health department today reported 2,073 new COVID-19 cases and 15 additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 6,199. Hospitalizations also rose to 929. WBRZ-TV has the full breakdown. 

    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has agreed to resume negotiations with Democrats over a potential new COVID-19 relief bill as cases continue to surge around the country, says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., according to CNBC. 

    • U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, reaching record lows for the 13th time this year amid fresh signs of weakness in the pandemic-ravaged economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported today that the average rate on the 30-year benchmark loan declined to 2.72% from 2.84% last week. By contrast, the rate averaged 3.66% a year ago. 

    • Tyson Foods suspended top officials at its largest pork plant on Thursday and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.

    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.