Governor Edwards to hold press conference following COVID-19 spike


Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks Monday, May 11, 2020, at his media briefing on the state’s COVID-19 response at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that his stay-at-home directive will end with the Phase 1 reopening of the state on Friday, May 15. Dr. Alex Billioux, M.D., right, assistant secretary of health for the La. Dept. of Health’s Office of Public Health, looks on. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Coronavirus numbers have grown by the thousands within the last week and Governor John Bel Edwards will address that Wednesday afternoon.

Edwards’ press conference comes right after he announced Monday the state will not be moving into phase three and will remain under phase two for 28 more days.

According to the latest figures from the Louisiana Department of Health, young adults are now the age group with the most cases of COVID-19 in the state with nearly 9,000 cases reported among people ages 18-29.

In the Capital City, a string of Tigerland bars reported more than 100 of positive cases from both patrons and staff members.

Hospitalizations have also increased by nearly 100 according to LDH from its latest report released on Tuesday.

Edwards has been very vocal about wanting the public to do their part to slow the spread no matter if you’re young or old.

During Monday’s press conference, he urged everyone to wear masks, continue social distancing and of course wash your hands because he said the virus isn’t done with us yet.

The news conference will be at 3:30 p.m. at the State Capitol.

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