Coronavirus in Louisiana: Gov. Edwards gives latest COVID-19 update as Phase 1 of reopening begins


BATON ROUGE, La. — (KTVE/KARD & KTAL/KMSS) – Gov. John Bel Edwards asserted confidence Friday that the state will be able to keep the spread of the coronavirus down and move forward with reopening Louisiana, as long as citizens and businesses do what they have been asked to do. On Friday, the state reported 348 new cases and 67 new deaths.

“It’s a big day for the state of Louisiana as the stay-at-home order has been lifted and we move into Phase 1, I’m actually confident that we can do this in a responsible way that adequately balances the competing interests of public health on the one hand and re-engaging more of our economy and getting businesses open and people back to work and patrons back in stores and so forth.”

Edwards made the comments during his latest briefing Friday on the status of COVID-19 in Louisiana and the state’s response to the pandemic Friday afternoon as businesses begin to reopen under a new statewide order.

“One of the worst things that can happen for the economy, by the way, is if you have to slow down, put on the brakes, or potentially go backwards by putting more restrictions in, in order to address spikes in cases. So we’re looking for business owners to be responsible and follow the guidance. We’re looking for individual members of the public to do the same thing.”

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