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Gov Edwards Reinstates Statewide Mask Mandate

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DELTA VARIANT RISING - According to the most recent data from the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana has the highest infection rate per-capita in the nation.  As of yesterday there are 11,109 positive cases on 81,000 tests, there are 1,984 in-hospital covid patients and 28 Covid related deaths reported . Governor John Bel Edwards made an announcement yesterday afternoon regarding the LDH’s data.

"We're the worst in the country in terms of this Covid surge and that is because of the Delta variant which is a game changer," Edwards said. "And the fact that quite frankly not enough people have been vaccinated here in Louisiana."

"We're the worst in the country in terms of this Covid surge and that is because of the Delta variant which is a game changer," Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana

Edwards stressed that the rate of infection, hospitalizations and deaths will likely increase in the days ahead and with that in mind he is reinstating a mitigation measure.

Credit Courtesy: LPB
Courtesy: LPB
Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana has reinstated the statewide mask mandate for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

"So today I am temporarily reinstating the Louisiana statewide mask mandate for all people both vaccinated and unvaccinated when they are indoors and in public," Edwards explained.

The Louisiana  statewide mask mandate will go in effect on Wednesday.  The mandate applies for for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents in all indoor locations, including schools and colleges.  It will apply to anyone age 5 and older who enters a business, school, church or other inside location.. Edwards’ order will last until Sept. 1, but could be extended.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.