Virus roundup … 

• The Louisiana Department of Health today reported 3,946 new COVID-19 cases and 61 deaths from the virus. In East Baton Rouge Parish, the percentage of positive tests compared to total COVID-19 tests is still rising, with more than 8% positive.  

• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot down a Democratic bid to answer President Donald Trump’s call for $2,000 direct coronavirus payments to Americans, but the measure’s ultimate fate in the GOP-controlled chamber is still unclear, NBC reports. 

• The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve said Tuesday they had extended the cutoff date for the Main Street Lending Program from Dec. 31 to Jan. 8 to process a last-minute crush to deliver loans. The Wall Street Journal has the full story.  

• Doctors say a small number of COVID-19 patients who have never had mental health problems are developing symptoms of psychosis weeks after contracting the virus, ABC News reports. 

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