NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — New Orleans city leaders held a news conference Wednesday to address coronavirus cases across the parish.
The news conference was held at 11 a.m. by Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Dr. Jennifer Avegno.
Cantrell announced that the city will be enforcing the use of face masks in public.
According to Cantrell, the use of face masks is mandatory in the city.
It’s unfair to our community members and family who have lost loved ones and have been following guidelines for 3 months. We have lost 529 people. We must care. We must #MaskUpNOLA— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) June 24, 2020
“It’s unfair to our community members and family who have lost loved ones and have been following guidelines for three months. We have lost 529 people. We must care. We must wear masks,” Cantrell said.
Avegno also reiterated the high risk activities that may cause community spread such as social gatherings, weddings, parties, and funerals.
According to Avegno, any residents who attending gatherings should get tested immediately and quarantine.
Avegno also stressed that there has been an increase in cases in young people, and that parents need to speak with their children about staying safe during the pandemic.
Contact sports are not allowed in phase two, and residents are urged to monitor their activities.
NOPD said it will help enforce mandatory masks by handing out masks to those in public not wearing them.
According to Avegno, the city has ramped up contract tracing in response to the two clusters being investigated in the area.
Contact tracing is a critical tool public health officials use to quickly identify people who might have been exposed to slow the spread. We need the community’s cooperation to keep everyone safe. View to understand how the process works.— The City Of New Orleans (@CityOfNOLA) June 24, 2020
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Avegno said that the spike in cases is not coming from the protests, but large, unmasked gatherings.
Cantrell warned that any businesses not following guidance will be shut down.
The city said residents can report large gatherings by dialing 311.
New Orleans is investigating two COVID-19 clusters, one stemming from a graduation party and another from a bar gathering outside the parish.
The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Louisiana has jumped by more than 1,300, and the number of people hospitalized with the disease has increased again.
Latest Coronavirus numbers:
- 52,477 cases
- 3,039 deaths
- More than 39,000 presumed recovered
- 31,978 Tests completed by State Lab
- 616,527 commercial tests completed and reported to State
By: WDSU Digital Team