Governor Edwards warns of potential spike in Covid-19 cases

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Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the states response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Governor John Bel Edwards said the Covid-19 data his office has seen in the last few days is concerning.

In the last eight days there have been 4,500 new cases of Covid-19 in Louisiana.

According to the Department of Health, a majority of the new cases are presumably from community spread.

“The numbers that we have seen over the last couple of days prove that we cant afford to become complacent,” Edwards said.

The Governor pleaded for Louisianians to follow the rules to avoid a spike in cases.

“A trend has to start somewhere and we are beginning to see an uptick,” Edwards said.

“If we are seeing more test results, more positives, these things relate to activity that happened two weeks ago or longer,” Edwards said. “We better get ahead of it so that on the 15th and 16th day we are moving in the right direction.”

Dr. Alex Billioux said the Department of Health is doing a better job at locating Covid-19 hot spots in our communities.

“We are watching that data very closely because we certainly don’t want to have a rise in cases because of a single sector,” Billioux said.

The Governor said it’s imperative we act now.

“I always have confidence in the goodness and decency of the people of Louisiana and I know they want to be good neighbors. So I anticipate that they will do better,” Edwards said.

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