Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference on Monday to discuss the states response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to Tropical Storm Cristobal.
UPDATE: During Monday’s press conference Governor John Bel Edwards said the Covid-19 this week currently show that a feared spike in cases after Memorial Day may not happen.
“I will tell you one of the most heartening things is that we are now two weeks removed from the memorial day weekend and we have not seen the surge in cases or hospitalizations that could have come with that increase in mobility and the contact we saw happening across the state of Louisiana,” Edwards said.
Gov. Edwards said the rate of new positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining.
“Many people do continue to wear masks and socially distance. Which is what we are asking people to continue to do,” Edwards said.
The state is continuing to move forward with the goal of administering 200,000 tests per month.
“We are reporting 234 new positive cases on 8,507 tests that is a lot of tests for a Monday, and I think that’s indicative of the testing effort that we have going on across the state of Louisiana with many partners,” Edwards said.
Edwards recommends continuing to follow CDC guidelines to keep Covid-19 numbers on this current trend.