During a press briefing held by Governor John Bel Edwards, an announcement was made that Louisiana will remain in 'Phase Two' of reopening until August 7, 2020, which also includes a statewide mask mandate, limits indoor social gatherings to 50 people and prohibits on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars for another two weeks, as COVID-19 incidence remains high across the state and hospitalizations continue to rise. All of the latest restrictions outlined in the Phase Two order are in keeping with recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
The order is set to expire on the morning of Friday, July 24. The new order, which will be issued later this week, will run through August 7. The Governor added the mask mandate and other restrictions to an order that went into effect July 13.
As of July 15, all regions of Louisiana had a 7-day average positivity of new tests that was greater than 10 percent and the overall statewide positivity rate was 15.46 percent. The state’s aim is for this rate to be below 10 percent.
“We are seeing a high percent of new tests coming back as positive, increased hospitalizations over the past 14 days and a high incidence rate across the state, which means Louisiana is not ready to move to Phase Three,” Gov. Edwards said. “We will continue with our current restrictions to see if we can slow the spread in Louisiana over the next two weeks. I believe in the people of Louisiana, who have already been able to flatten the curve once, and who I know can do it again. Please wear your face mask when you are in public, wash your hands frequently, stay 6 feet away from others and stay home when you are sick. Additionally, federal surge testing is going on in key areas of the state. If you have access to this free testing, please take the opportunity to get tested. You can pre-register at www.doineedacovid19test.com.”
Click here to view regional data about hospitalizations, new cases and COVID-like illness, which was discussed at today’s press conference.
As of Tuesday, July 21, 2020 according to the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana has 96,583 COVID-19 cases across the state and 3,498 deaths reported.
Presumed Recovered-53,288 as of 7/14/2020
Acadia- 1,920 cases,53 deaths
Evangeline-520 cases, 2 deaths
Iberia- 1,715 cases,53 deaths
Jeff Davis-825 cases,17 deaths
Lafayette-5,125 cases,61 deaths
St. Landry- 1,552 cases, 66 deaths
St. Martin- 1,287 cases, 31 deaths
St. Mary- 1,137 cases, 39 deaths
Vermilion-878 cases,12 deaths
1,691 new cases reported in the state with 36 new deaths resulting from COVID-19.