Louisiana Environmental Quality Secretary contracts COVID-19

Louisiana’s environment secretary says he tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and plans to continue work remotely.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 3:36 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s environment secretary says he tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and plans to continue work remotely. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown made the announcement Tuesday via a statement from his office. Brown says he’s started receiving treatment to try to keep his symptoms from worsening. Brown’s agency said 58 workers have been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and 32 have recovered. No one has died from the coronavirus illness. Brown joins several other state officials who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March. He is Edwards’ second cabinet secretary to announce he contracted COVID-19, along with Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson.

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