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US judge hopes to rule soon on Louisiana bar closures

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard testimony online Friday regarding a challenge filed by 10 southeastern Louisiana bar owners.
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A padlock hangs on the door of the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street in New Orleans, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Many bars are closed after after Gov. John Bel Edwards recently ordered tighter restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge says he will rule “as soon as is reasonably possible” on a challenge filed against the closure of bars in Louisiana to fight the spread of COVID-19. 

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard testimony online Friday regarding a challenge filed by 10 southeastern Louisiana bar owners.

The hearing came as health officials report nearly 1,300 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28 more deaths. 

The death toll as of midday Friday was more than 4,300. But hospitalizations continue to go down, dropping to a little more than 1,200. More than 103,000 people have recovered.   

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