BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As Louisiana continues to see spikes of positive COVID-19 cases the Louisiana National Guard, or LANG, has played an integral part in the battle by supporting food banks that are unable to access their volunteers because the state remains in phase 2 restrictions.
In a letter to President Trump Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Trump to reconsider the law that requires the state to pay 25% of the cost to continue utilizing LANG in the fight against coronavirus which amounts to 2.5 million dollars a month.
Governor Edwards points out in the letter that Texas and Florida received the extension for Title 32 Authorization with the federal government picking up 100% of the tab, and Louisiana is in far worse shape in terms of the pandemic.
Edwards writes in part “Understanding that Florida and Texas were extended with 100 percent funding for Title 32, the Louisiana Department of Health provided critical data and comparisons to highlight the tenuous nature of what Louisiana is facing with this pandemic which are enclosed with this request. The public health emergency in Louisiana is significantly greater than that of Florida or Texas. Utilizing data available from each state health department, cumulative COVID-19 case incidence and the cumulative COVID-19 death rate are higher in Louisiana than Florida and Texas, with Louisiana’s death rate due to COVID-19 being higher than Florida and Texas combined. The most recent state-specific data from CDC on MIS-C is available in case count ranges. According to CDC, Louisiana has a higher number of MIS-C cases than both Florida and Texas.”
Currently 1,100 members of LANG are helping combat the public health emergency.