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Variant could mean mask mandates at big New Orleans events

New Orleans' top health officials says mask mandates and other efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at large events will likely have to continue into the fall as a dangerous variant of the virus that causes the disease spreads

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 9:39 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' top health officials says mask mandates and other efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at large events will likely have to continue into the fall as a dangerous variant of the virus that causes the disease spreads.

Dr. Jennifer Avegno made the comments Tuesday as Louisiana health officials reported a surge in cases of the Delta variants in a state that is among those with the nation's lowest vaccination rates.

The news comes as the city looks to the next NFL and college football season, while preparing to host the postponed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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