Gov. Edwards hopeful for decline in Covid-19 cases, urging for compliance

NBC Local 33

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Governor John Bel Edwards announced at his press conference Tuesday Louisiana is ranked number one in the United States per capita for cases of Covid-19.

Covid-19 cases have been rising by more than a thousand cases per day but despite high numbers, Edwards said they are starting to see the beginning of a trend in the right direction.

“Over the last six days our hospitalizations have been flat,” Edwards said. “I hope that we are beginning to see those numbers flatten and that’s a prelude to when they actually start to go down.”

Two weeks have passed since bars were required to close their doors.

Four bars across the state including one in Gonzales have had their license suspended for repeated non-compliance.

“It’s just not fair for the good businesses out there who are doing their best to help the state and help our citizens recover from this pandemic when you have these bad actors out there,” State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.

Browning said the overwhelming majority of business owners are following the rules.

“In many cases they have exceeded what the state has asked the and we certainly appreciate that,” Browning said.

The Governor reiterated that every single person has a role to play in fighting the virus.

“There is no bigger, more important mitigation measure to doing that than this mask,” Edwards said, holding his mask in hand.

Edwards remains hopeful that through compliance we can see change.

“We got on top of it once before and we can do it again,” Edwards said.

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