BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Governor John Bel Edwards seemed optimistic after the first weekend of phase one reopening. Gov. Edwards said his office received the hopeful news today that the Covid-19 death rate is the lowest it has been since the end of March. Edwards hopes this trend continues, “The most tragic thing outcome possible from this virus is someone’s death,” Edwards said.
Phase one of reopening began on Friday, May 15th. The Governor outlined on Monday what the decision-making process will involve for phase two. “The timeline that we have set forth is to get the data over the next two weeks, to potentially make an announcement as early as Monday June the 1st for as to what people can expect on June the 5th so that businesses can start getting ready for that, businesses can prepare and so forth but I am not making that announcement today because I don’t have the data,” Edwards said.
The decision to move forward will depend on testing, positive cases and contract tracing, this data will be evaluated by The Governor’s Office and the Department of Health to decide if the state meets qualifications to move on to phase two. “what I can tell you is that if the people of Louisiana continue to social distance, wear their masks, have good hygiene, then theres no reason why we can’t continue to see improvements in our cases,” Edwards said.
The Governor also discussed the importance of contact tracing. “
its responsible and we know that it works and we know that if we want to gain some sense of normalcy.. not normalcy but some sense of normalcy before we get a vaccine this is the way to do it,” Edwards said. The Governor’s Office is not forcing businesses to make their customers wear masks or participate in contact tracing at this time, he is leaving that decision up to the people of Louisiana.
ORIGINAL: Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a press conference on Monday at 2:00 p.m. CT to discuss the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic after the first weekend after the state has entered “Phase 1” of reopening.