Coronavirus in Louisiana: Gov. Edwards gives COVID-19 update for May 18


BATON ROUGE, La. — On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press briefing to give an update on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19.

Gov. Edwards spoke briefly on hurricane preparedness as hurricane season begins on June 1, 2020. He urged all residents to get a game plan and to include hand sanitizers, masks, and other COVID-19 protective items in their emergency kits this year.

In regards to the coronavirus, Gov. Edwards mentioned that the state reported 277 new cases and 15 new deaths in Monday’s update. He also stated that their has been a small uptick in hospitalizations and vent usage reported on Monday, citing that 1,031 residents are currently hospitalized and 118 of those are on ventilators. Edwards did say that this comes as the state has seen a steady decline in the rates of hospitalizations and vent usage.

On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Health released a report that shows the number of cases at nursing home facilities throughout the state. The report lists the facilities name, parish/location, the number of cumulative cases of residents, cumulative cases of staff, and the number of deaths of residents. Gov. Edwards stated that this report will be updated once a week.

Gov. Edwards also announced that a Crisis Text Line was activated for Louisiana today. This text line will put residents in contact with a trained crisis counselor to help deescalate or ease residents who are experiencing a crisis. If you need to speak with a trained crisis counselor, text REACH OUT to 741741.

Gov. Edwards will not be holding another update briefing until Friday, May 22, 2020. The briefing is expected to happen around 2:30 PM but is subject to change.

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