BATON ROUGE, La. (KTVE/KARD) —  The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is sweeping across the state of Louisiana, temporarily closing school doors in some areas; forcing some institutions to resort to online learning for the time being. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the state has reached a total of 1,097,422 total positive COVID-19 cases, 15,283 COVID-related fatalities, and 2,367 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 142 on ventilators.

At 3 PM, Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a media briefing on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19. We will stream the press conference live in the video player above and on the My-Ark-La-Miss Facebook page.