Governor: Louisiana curve still rising, people must isolate

Edwards reports 407 new cases, 19 more deaths

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 25, 2020 - 1:57 pm

With a steep upward climb continuing with coronavirus in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards took to the WWL airwaves today to call on everyone to keep doing their part.  

"We still have the third highest case count in the country in terms of our population, on a per capita basis, and that's very significant."

Edwards announced that there were 407 new cases reported today in the state, about double the number of new cases reported a day earlier.

"So if this is any indication, we are not yet flattening the curve, and that's the most disturbing thing about that."

The governor also reported another 19 deaths, bringing the total to 65 in the state and a total of nearly 1,800 cases.

"The way people can help is by complying with these mitigation measures and helping us to flatten the curve just as soon as possible."

Edwards said President Trump approving Louisiana as a federal disaster area should help too.

"I appreciate the fact that the president signed our request," he told WWL's Newell Normand. "That makes us the 4th state to receive a Major Federal Disaster Declaration."

New York, California and Washington state are the others.

"What that should do is put us in the conversation with those other states as being those most adversely impacted by this on a per capita basis."

Louisiana and the parish and local governments are now eligible for federal funding to fight COVID-19.  The declaration also allows the feds to send resources and people to help in the battle against coronavirus.

Nonetheless, Edwards says it is still crucial that people follow the orders to self-isolate.

"The main message I have for your listeners today is to please take these mitigation measures seriously, don't engage in any unnecessary travel, no contact that's unnecessary with people, maintain your social distancing."

The governor says they got 100 more ventilators today, but the need another 1,000.

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