Gov. Edwards encouraged latest COVID-19 numbers show "flattening the curve"

Chris Miller
April 06, 2020 - 6:29 pm

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday the latest numbers on the novel coronavirus in Louisiana are encouraging to him.

"We are starting to see real signs that these mitigation measures we put in weeks ago are starting to bear real results," said Edwards. "We're hopeful that we're seeing the beginning of the flattening of the curve.

The governor cautioned that this is just the start of getting the pandemic under control in Louisiana, not the end.

"The fear is that I'm telling people that and they're going to say, 'oh, the task at hand is accomplished, we can go back to doing whatever it is that we normally do and behaving as we normally would,' that is exactly the wrong answer," the governor warned.

The number of positive tests increased by 1,857 with today's update.  There are now 14,867 confirmed coronavirus cases in Louisiana.

The Louisiana department of health says that on Sunday there were 1,803 coronavirus patients in hospitals and 561 on ventilators.  Today there was only a net increase of six hospitalizations and a net increase of just two more people on ventilators.

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