Covid-19 numbers “stable,” Gov. Edwards reminds Louisiana not to get complacent on mitigation measures

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Governor John Bel Edwards said at his press conference Thursday that Louisiana’s Covid-19 numbers are stable.

Edwards says Louisiana is now leading the Southern states with the lowest positivity rate per capita.

However, Edwards is adamant that we are not in the clear.

The Governor gave a grim reminder that contracting Covid-19 is always a risk no matter your age.

“I’m sad to announce that we recently lost a 29-year-old college student with Covid,” Edwards said. “He left campus 13 days ago with what he thought was a sinus infection.”

Dr. Joe Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health says people need to understand that when it comes to Covid-19 there is always risk.

“The statistics don’t mean a darn thing when it’s you or your family member that gets it,” Dr. Kanter said.

“That’s what’s so hard about this, Covid is almost like a game of chance, If you get it, you have a chance of doing OK, If youre young you probably have a little bit better chance. But that’s not absolute,” Dr. Kanter said.

Edwards is particularly concerned about increasing hospitalizations, he says mitigation measures will keep the numbers from escalating.

“I know that people are tired of Covid-19 I’m one of those, but the fact that we are tired of it and fatigued by it doesn’t mean it’s going to go away,” Edwards said.

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