Gov. Edwards says Louisiana residents need to be ‘very careful’ during July 4th holiday weekend


A healthcare professional, right, takes a sample from a patient at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a “massive outbreak” in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Wednesday to address the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week Edwards announced that the state would remain in phase two after cases began to spike again.

On Wednesday, he said that they are still reviewing data but moving into phase three is not looking likely based off current information from the health department.

Edwards also told people to not frequent businesses not following guidelines.

He is encouraging residents to wear masks and limit their activity in public to help slow the spread.

Edwards also said that he would not make masks mandatory because data has shown that states that issued mask mandates saw a reverse in course.

He showed his support for leaders in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Jefferson Parish who put forth mask mandates at the parish level.

Gov. Edwards stressed ahead of the holiday weekend that people be careful and to try and watch fireworks on television or at home.

Here are the latest Louisiana coronavirus numbers:

  • 60,178 cases.
  • 3,130 deaths.
  • More than 42,000 presumed recovered.
  • 35,932 tests completed by state lab.
  • 716,156 commercial tests completed and reported to state.

According to the Center for Disease Control, COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

By: WDSU Digital Team

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