WATCH: Gov. Edwards recommends residents, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards gives an update on the state’s COVID-19 response and addresses the fourth surge of COVID-19 in Louisiana as the number of cases increases daily.

Gov. Edwards said cases have been increasing since June 16 and the state has the highest growth rate of COVID-19 cases per capita in the nation.

“Louisiana is undeniably in a fourth surge,” said Gov. Edwards.

The governor cites the delta variant and low vaccination rates as the reason for the surge. He said 82 patients are currently on ventilators, 17 more than yesterday, and 40% of people have gotten one shot.

Gov. Edwards urges Louisianans to get vaccinated sooner rather than later. He said there are more than 1,400 vaccine locations available.

As a result of the increase in cases, Gov. Edwards announces COVID-19 guidance updates.

COVID-19 Guidance Updates:

  • All people both vaccinated and unvaccinated should mask indoors if six feet of distancing can’t be maintained.
  • It’s reccomended that businesses review accomodations to reduce tramission among employees.
  • All people should get tested after potential exposure and isolates if positive, if negative, retest in 5-7 days or at the onset of symptoms.

State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said Louisiana has exceeded the peak seen this same time last year for people going to the hospital. Hospitals are already full due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

“We have effectively lost six months of progress over the last two to three weeks,” said Kanter.

With a sharp uptick in reported cases, labor shortages at hospitals and low vaccination rates, Edwards and Kanter called this fourth surge of COVID-19 a “perfect storm.”

For more information about COVID-19, data, or to schedule a vaccine appointment, visit https://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/.

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