WATCH: ‘We are in a bad place,’ Governor Edwards gives update on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Gov. John Bel Edwards is giving an update on Louisiana’s response to the fourth surge of COVID-19.

The news conference comes one day after the state passed 2,900 COVID Patients in Hospitals.

Gov. Edwards started off the press conference by introducing a new vaccine initiative to get college campuses back to normal. The first 75,000 students will get a $100 for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at participated institutions. The $100 will be loaded to a VISA gift card after the student sign up for the program.

“The program is going to be very easy for the colleges and it may not look the same on every single campus, but we’ll make it easy as possible,” said Edwards.

“We are in a bad place,” Gov. Edwards said regarding the recent released COVID numbers for Louisiana.

LDH reported 7,548 new COVID cases, becoming the highest single day increase for the state. Hospitalizations continue to increase across the state and Gov. Edwards said our healthcare workers are close to a breaking point.

Louisiana is the number one hotspot for COVID-19 cases with Florida following close in second. Dr. Joe Kanter says you are experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 to take them seriously, get tested, and act as if you have the virus until proven otherwise.

To get more information on the new vaccine initiative, click here.

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