WATCH: Gov. Edwards to give update on Louisiana’s response to ongoing fourth surge of COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Gov. John Bel Edwards will give a briefing on Louisiana’s response to the ongoing fourth surge of COVID-19 on Aug. 20.

The update comes a couple days after two staffers for the Governor’s office tested positive for COVID-19.

The beginning of the press conference was focusing on COVID-19 in schools.

During the first week of school, over 2000 COVID-19 cases were reported in schools. Gov. Edwards says that this past week in school, more cases were reported than last school year. He emphasizes the need for masking in schools, also recommended by the CDC, to keep the teachers and students safe.

“We cannot keep our schools open and our kids safe without masks,” said Gov. Edwards.

Gov. Edwards discussed the monoclonal antibodies and how effective it can be for someone who contracts the virus. The infusion can be received in an early COVID diagnosis and reduce the severity of your symptoms and possibly hospitalization.

Dr. Kanter says that Louisiana stands as the #2 state for COVID-19 cases, Mississippi has surpassed the state with ongoing cases. The Biden Administration is rolling out COVID-19 booster shots, making them available to all who received the Pfizer and Moderna shots, Dr. Kanter says things have to be done before that can happen. If needed, the booster shot will be available within 8 months of your first shot.

As of now, booster shots for those who received Johnson & Johnson is not available. Data is currently being reviewed but no recommendations for booster shots.

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