As it headed toward final passage in the nation's capital, the historic $2 trillion economic stimulus package to alleviate the coronavirus pandemic was welcomed broadly by Louisiana businesses on Wednesday.

The massive deal had elements that would put money directly into people's hands to keep them spending, as well as measures to give soft loans and direct aid to American business sectors that have been hit hardest by the near complete shut-down of the economy. (NIAID-RML via AP)

No new patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to the newest numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health. 

There are at least two new cases in surrounding parishes, including one more in both Ascension parish and West Baton Rouge parishes. 

The total number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the state has risen to 537. Statewide, the number of deaths is now at 14, including one in nearby St. James parish.

1,084 tests have been completed by the state lab. 

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement Friday evening that the parish may see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases.

"This does not indicate a rapid spread of the virus, but is a direct result of the increase in testing," Broome said.

This is a developing story. More details to come.