Gov. Edwards extends statewide indoor mask mandate through Oct. 27

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UPDATE: In the press conference held earlier today by Governor Edwards, he extended Louisiana’s statewide indoor mask mandate for another month, until October 27; although the state’s overall COVID-19 data has been improving following the state’s worst surge throughout the entire pandemic.

There is no doubt that our COVID-19 situation in Louisiana has improved since the peak of our fourth surge, which was largely driven by the Delta variant, and for that I am deeply grateful. Even so, the amount of COVID in Louisiana is still incredibly high, at 243 cases for every 100,000 people, as it is disproportionately driven by transmission in those five to 18 years old. This is why to support continued decreases in COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases and deaths, I am extending Louisiana’s statewide indoor mask mandate for another four weeks, including in our K-12 schools and on college campuses. Masks have been proven to help slow the spread of COVID-19, with recent federal data from the Centers for Disease Control showing that schools without masking requirements are 3.5 times more likely to have a COVID-19 outbreak than schools where children and staff members are masked. We must do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us who are vulnerable, including wearing masks indoors and getting the safe, effective and totally free COVID-19 vaccine.

On August 4, the day that the mask mandate was put back into place, only 37 percent of Louisianans were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of today, that is up to more than 45 percent. While that improvement is something to be proud of, it is not enough. Currently, our hospitalizations are down, but they are still roughly four times the pre-Delta surge baseline. In the month of September alone, Louisiana reported that 1,470 people died of COVID, which is tragic, as we know that the vast majority of these deaths were likely preventable. We have to get Louisiana’s vaccine rate up even more so that we have strong vaccine protection in our communities. Just over half of all people in Louisiana who are eligible for the vaccine are fully vaccinated. That’s why masking right now is important still.

Governor John Bel Edwards

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTVE/KARD)— Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a media briefing on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 and provide an update on Hurricane Ida recovery. The briefing will start at 1:00 p.m. and will be streamed here on this page. We will also stream the update on on the MyArkLaMiss Facebook Page. According to a press release, Governor Edwards will deliver a lecture after this briefing as part of the 15th annual William Ardis Marbury, Jr. and Virginia Lomax Marbury Lecture series hosted by Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business.

Join us back here at 1:00 p.m. or on our Facebook Page to watch the full press conference.

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