Louisiana remains in phase two of reopening the state for another 28 days
Story by staff reporter Nora Drenner
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 22, in a news conference that Louisiana will remain in phase two of reopeningfor another 28 days. He cited the number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations have started to rise in several regions across the state as his reason for the phase two extension.
As of today, noted Gov. Edwards, Louisiana ranks seventh out of 23 states across the country experiencing an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. They include the neighboring states of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
“Louisiana reached two sad milestones today as we surpassed 3,000 deaths and 50,000 positive tests in our state. Each of these Louisianans is someone’s child, sibling, parent or friend, and we mourn every one of these losses,” Gov. Edwards said. “It is clear that COVID is alive and well in Louisiana, and as we see more people testing positive and admitted to hospitals, we simply are not ready to move to the next phase, and ease restrictions further as businesses open widely.
Gov. Edwards continued, “Many of you are doing the right thing and I thank you for it. It’s incredibly disappointing to hear that there are still some people who refuse to wear masks in public, which puts all of us at greater risk of becoming sick. I implore Louisianans to be good neighbors, to stay at home when they are experiencing symptoms, to avoid crowds, physically distance, and to wear a mask when not around their immediate household whether inside or outside. These are simple things we can do to protect ourselves and each other.”
“While we know that increasing testing means that we will see more positive cases, we are still troubled by the rising case counts across the state, especially since around 90 percent of these new cases are coming from the community and not from congregate settings like nursing homes,” Gov. Edwards said. “It is up to all of us to check our own behaviors and to take responsibility for slowing the spread of COVID. We do not want to have to go back to a time of increased restrictions where fewer businesses could operate. It is my hope that all will do the right thing.”
Louisianans should wear face masks whenever they are in public, practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently and avoid going out in public when they are experiencing any symptoms, concluded Gov. Edwards in his news conference.