MORE COVID-19 CASES EXPECTED - Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference yesterday in Baton Rouge and said Louisiana's Coronavirus situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. So far Louisiana has 280 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 7 related deaths. Edwards has ordered the closure of all schools, restaurants, bars, and any public venues where 50 or more people would attend in an effort to avoid community spread of the Coronavirus. The disruption to business in Louisiana has been criticized to which Edwards explained why he took these measures.
"We don't want to look like Italy two weeks from now," explained Edwards. "There is no reason to believe we won't look like Italy unless we do what we're being asked to do between now and then and minimize the (Coronavirus) spread."
The availability for Coronavirus testing in Louisiana has been limited but Governor Edwards said the state is ramping up its testing capacity to get a better idea of the COVID-19 infection rates.
"Over the next 24 to 36 hours, in all liklihood you're going to see the number of cases in Louisiana jump tremendously," Edwards said. "Because we're going to get probably over a thousand test results all at one time."
Along with Edwards was LSU Coach Ed Orgeron to encourage people to comply with the Governor’s mitigation directives and Attorney General Jeff Landry also explained that his office will investigate any reports of extreme price gouging or Coronavirus-related scams.
For Coronavirus info, CLICK LDH.LA.GOV