BATON ROUGE, La (AP) — The White House’s coronavirus advisers are urging Louisiana to step up its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19, as the number of hospitalized virus patients in the state edged higher Thursday amid a third wave of infections.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards continued to sound the alarm about the latest spike in virus cases, worrying that people won’t take precautions and will gather as usual in packed houses for Thanksgiving.
In its weekly report to states, the White House coronavirus task force said Louisiana's efforts are currently “inadequate” and “must be increased.”
Hospitalizations reached 929 on Thursday, and have jumped by 250 over the last week and by 43 overnight, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Hospitals aren’t overwhelmed yet, but Edwards has cautioned the current trajectory raises that risk. At least 5,951 people in Louisiana have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Statement from Acadian Ambulance Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag on COVID-19 Safety and Thanksgiving
"Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings we enjoy. Even in a tumultuous year like 2020, we should all take the time to give thanks and to think of those less fortunate. Many families will be gathering for Thanksgiving next week and I’m hopeful that we all rededicate ourselves to take the precautions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We have seen a recent increase in COVID-19 related ambulance transports, and many of the hospitals in our service are reporting higher COVID-19 patient counts as well. Now is the time to work together to celebrate Thanksgiving safely and to help stop the spread of this disease."