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Jump in virus cases may lead to mask rules in New Orleans

A nine-fold increase in newly reported COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks has the city of New Orleans considering new mitigation measures.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 4:45 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A nine-fold increase in newly reported COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks has the city of New Orleans considering new mitigation measures.

City spokesperson Beau Tidwell says Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the city's health officer will announce plans Wednesday. He wouldn't give details. But he said rules involving masks are “certainly a strong possibility.”

The average daily number of new cases jumped from 11 two weeks ago to 99 on Monday. Most new cases involve the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. While mitigation measures are being considered, Tidwell says getting more people vaccinated is the key to stopping the spread.

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