The COVID-19 crisis dominates our coverage this week:

  • The state of Louisiana orders schools to close and halts gatherings of more than 250 people as the number of coronavirus cases rises. We replay portions of a joint news conference by Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

  • Michael Isaac Stein has been following City Hall’s response all week and has more on the economic and labor impacts of the outbreak.

  • Environmental opinion writer Bob Marshall of the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate talks about another crisis we can’t forget about — that of climate disruption and our disappearing coast.

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Tom Wright is The Lens' engagement editor. He also hosts and produces The Lens' podcast Behind The Lens. His previous work includes investigative producing with local broadcaster Lee Zurik, legislative...