Governor hosts roundtable with health care professionals, state leaders

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – Monday night the Governor along with a team of professionals discussed the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The virus is here, and everyone needs to act as if they have it.”

As the state works to slow the spread. Governor Edwards compared the virus to the 2016 flood

“When people were watching the rain fall, there was nothing they could do to stop it. But, we have everything to do with whether we are going to flatten the curve.”

A range of topics were discussed including our health care system  — something the Governor has stressed could be overwhelmed if everyone doesn’t do their part.

“It’s kind of breathtaking to just take ourselves back two weeks when we had our first case” said Edwards.

Doctor Catherine O’Neal with Our Lady of the Lake said, right now there are treatments available but a direct cure could take up to a year.

“We heard about those medications but they haven’t been proven to work. So, we are using those only as clinical trials” said O’Neal.

Governor Edwards said, he along with his agencies have been working to get small businesses and residents back on their feet.

“I know this is a very difficult situation and obviously we’re going to do everything that we can to bring relief to these individuals as soon as we possibly can. We want to stand our economy back up and get people back to work and these businesses back open.”

According to the Governor, right now — it is unclear on whether or not schools will resume this year.

“We’re going to evaluate that as the calendar rolls on and the facts change.

But, the state’s education department is reassuring parents and students, their work will not go unnoticed

“We will make sure that they will not be a footnote in this pandemic, we will celebrate those students at the right time.”

As the fight to end this pandemic continues. Governor Edwards is once again asking everyone to be a good neighbor

“Nobody know how long this is going to last but we do know that right now Louisiana’s trajectory threatens our ability to deliver care and to take all of the information that you have been given tonight during this program and use it.”

Sally Ann Roberts moderated the round table.

Topics of discussion included:

  • The latest updates on positive cases in Louisiana
  • Understanding testing for COVID-19 and the state’s capacity
  • Resources that are available for businesses that are impacted as well as those who are either out of work or have had their work hours reduced
  • How the K-12 and Higher Education systems are responding
  • Resources for at-home learning, as well as mental health help that is available

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