Gov. Edwards ‘thankful’ Louisiana hasn’t seen third wave of COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday where he updated the public on the state’s response to Hurricanes Delta and Laura as well as COVID-19.

Edwards said he was thankful that Louisiana has yet to see a third surge despite going through Labor Day, the start of school, and two hurricanes.

According to Edwards, he credits the mitigation measures as to the reason cases haven’t spiked statewide.

Here are Thursday’s COVID-19 numbers:

  • 173,864 cases
  • 5,507 deaths
  • More than 161,000 presumed recovered
  • 566 hospitalized, 61 on ventilators
  • 2,542,919 commercial tests completed and reported to State

Edwards also provided an update on Hurricane Delta damage.

According to Edwards, in just one week power has been restored to 96 percent of people in Lake Charles following Hurricane Delta.

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