Thursday the state saw an increase of over 2,000 covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 9,150. Governor Edwards says the numbers may seem alarming, but they aren’t as bad as it sounds.
“I know how startling these numbers are,” Edwards said. “This appears to be less a sign of expediential growth over the last couple days, and more a sign of a log jam for commercial labs that have developed over a long period of time.”
This means as more people get tested a backlog starts to form. Edwards says tests that were taken days ago are just now receiving results, which is why the numbers continue to spike.
Edwards says as more tests become available, we should expect the number of positive cases to rise.
Edwards also extended the stay at home order until April 30. He says Louisiana has a long way to go.
“I’m counting on the goodness the decency of the people of Louisiana to cooperate,” he said.
All schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed including all places of public amusement, personal care and grooming.
Edwards says this decision is in the best interest of the state.
“If you wait until the numbers grab your attention, guess what you just let the virus win and we have been behind this thing in the United States and in the state of Louisiana since the very beginning,” he said.
Governor Edwards says anyone wanting to get updated text messages from the governor’s office about the virus should text ‘LACOVID’ to 67283.