BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– At the Capitol on Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards held a briefing on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 and the pace of vaccinations. COVID-19 numbers have been on the rise lately.

Things have not been looking too good. There has been almost a 170 percent increase in hospitalizations with only half of adults who have at least one vaccination shot. 

Governor John Bel Edwards said “Woefully inadequate.”

That’s what Governor John Bel Edwards thinks about the vaccination numbers in the state.

Edwards continued, “that’s not high enough. There’s not enough immunity across the state in the various communities that comprise our state to ward off transmission.”

 He said there’s been a steady rise of cases since June 16th

“Over the last 2 to 3 weeks we have lost more than 4 months of progress in hospitalizations,” said Edwards.

Who are the most at risk? They said the unvaccinated individuals.

Edwards said, “Since February 97 percent of cases and deaths have been in individuals who are not vaccinated. Dr. Catherine O’neal With Our Lady of the Lake says this is impacting healthcare providers.

Our Lady Of The Lake Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine O’neal said. “We’re getting overwhelmed and it’s happening really fast.”

“Percent positivity of the new covid-19 test conducted is 6.3 percent. almost three times of what is was 3 weeks ago,” said Edwards.

They said this stronger and faster delta variant is affecting a large portion of younger individuals who are not vaccinated. 

O’neal said, “As an unvaccinated individual, it hides for a while and starts to spread before our immune system knows. They say the only way out is through a major increase in vaccinations.”

“The more transmission of COVID-19 the more variants are going to emerge. so the sooner they do this, the better off we’re going to be,” said Edwards.

Medical professionals said the delta variant is dominating right now and cases have been rising for the last 24 days. 

Does the governor have any plans for added restrictions if numbers get too high?

Well, right now he said he has nothing planned yet since the people now have access to some source of protection with the vaccine. He is hoping to see these numbers rise.