The state has been under phase one for a little more than two weeks, but we could be entering phase two.
Governor John Bel Edwards will hold his regular schedule coronavirus briefing this afternoon and will announce if the state will move into phase two.
Since being under phase one, COVID-19 numbers have climbed by more than 6,000 cases and around 300 deaths.
Luckily the number of patients in the hospital and on ventilators have decreased and recoveries continue to increase.
If the state moves into phase two:
- Vulnerable individuals are asked to continue sheltering in place
- Anyone out in public should maximize physical distance from others
- Social settings of more than 50 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided
- Non-essential travel can resume
- Schools and organized youth activities (e.g., daycare, camp) can reopen
- Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals should be prohibited and those who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene
- Large venues (sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols
- Elective surgeries can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient and in-patient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines
- Gyms can remain open if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
- Bars may operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate
If the state does move into phase two, it would go into effect June 5th.
Governor Edwards will make that announcement at 2:30 p.m.