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Gov. John Bel Edwards Gives Press Briefing on Louisiana’s Response to Coronavirus

KLAF/KADN (4/6/2020)- Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 14,867 cases, 62 of 64 parishes were affected and 512 deaths resulting from Coronavirus. We have completed just shy of 70,000 test. Louisiana is second per capita in the United States for testing. Gov. Edwards says, ” We believe we might see the beginning of flattening of the curve. We have to keep doing everything we’ve been doing to have the best outcome.” Gov. Edwards went on to say ,”It’s too soon to know if we’ve peaked.” The CDC recommends people wear non medical masks to protect yourselves and others while performing essential duties.

 

(4/3/2020)- Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 10,297 cases, 61 of 64 parishes were affected and 370 deaths resulting from Coronavirus. Louisiana is second in the nation per capita in testing. “We need everyone paying attention to the ‘Stay at Home’ order and complying,” says Gov. Edwards. ” The death rate in Louisiana is higher than anyone else in the country.”

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(4/2/2020) Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 9,150 cases, 61 of 64 parishes were affected and 310 deaths resulting from Coronavirus. According to Governor Edwards, 95 percent of the results are from commercial labs. “We’ve got more and more commercial labs on board.” The governor also extended the ‘Stay at Home’ order until April 30, 2020. An emergency alert will be sent out today via cell phones at 4:00pm to alert the public about the ‘Stay at Home’ order extension. Schools will remain closed until the end of April. For more information text LACOVID to 67283 for information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

(4/1/2020) Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 6,424 cases, 60 of 64 parishes were affected and 273 deaths resulting from Coronavirus. Governor Edwards stressed the importance of following the ‘Stay at Home’ order. “We have to have better compliance from everyone.” Gov. Edwards says. “We can simply not let off the gas.” He announced region 3 in Louisiana now has the highest growth rate of Coronavirus.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To help Main Street and rural businesses sustain operations, the loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent. For more information on the small business loan, visit the link below: 

https://kadn.com/gov-edwards-state-led-program-to-offer-covid-19-small-business-help/

 

(3/31/2020) Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 5,237 cases, 60 of 64 parishes were affected and 239 deaths resulting from Coronavirus. “This is the largest number of case increase within a 24 hour period. We have yet to see any evidence that we are flattening the curve,” says Gov. Edwards. It is expected that New Orleans will exceed their capacity on ventilators April 4th and hospital beds on April 7th. Gov. Edwards signed off to add 1,000 additional hospital beds to the Morial Convention Center bringing the total number of beds to 2,000. These beds are expected to be available in the coming week(s). “As you see from the numbers today, we have a long way to go,” the Governor added. President Donald Trump agreed to send 150 ventilates to Louisiana which should make it to the state within a day or two according to Gov. Edwards. 292 have been received so far.

 

(3/30/2020) Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 4,025 cases, 59 of 64 parishes were affected and 185 deaths resulting from Coronavirus.Governor John Bel Edwards expects the New Orleans area to exceed ventilator capacity by April 5th and says, ” We need people to obey the ‘Stay-at- Home’ order that was put in place. I am urging people to do better.” Edwards expects to extend the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order until at least April 30th at the end of this week to coincide with President Trumps extension of social distancing guidelines.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the passing of 33-year old April Dunn who succumbed to complications from COVID-19 this weekend. He described  April as a dedicated staff member who served in the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs and a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.

Gov. Edwards issued the following statement:

“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile, was a tremendous asset to our team and an inspiration to everyone who met her. She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities. April worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, and when I created the State As A Model Employer Taskforce, April told me how much she wanted to be part of it because of her struggles to find meaningful employment. I was proud to have an advocate like April on the task force and on my staff. She set a great example for how other businesses could make their workforce more inclusive. I ask the entire state to join us in prayer for April’s mother Joanette and her grandmother Gloria.”

 

 

 

(3/27/2020)-Governor John Bel Edwards held a media briefing about Louisiana’s response to Coronavirus. Edwards announced there were 2,746 cases,  54 of 64 parishes were affected and 119 deaths ” This is the largest increase in deaths yet” says Governor John Bel Edwards.  “If we’re going to save lives we must have full cooperation from everyone.”

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LAVA is administered by the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health. LAVA works to recruit, credential, train, manage and deploy volunteers (medical and non-medical) to assist during emergencies and day to day activities by providing additional staff to meet health/medical surge needs.

Volunteer Registration in the Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) System
This course provides steps to registering in the LAVA System to assist during emergencies and daily activities in improving public health.

 

 

(3/26/2020)- On Thursday, Edwards announced there were 2,305 cases and 83 deaths as of Thursday with 53 of 64 parishes affected. “Regardless of who you are and where you live take this seriously. This is a state wide problem. We know there is light at the end of the tunnel but we’re not close enough to see it”, says Governor John Bel Edwards. New Orleans is gearing up for a possible overflow at area hospitals , with plans to treat as many as 3,000 patients at the city’s Convention Center. The Morial Convention Center will be used for patients who no longer need ventilators to breathe,  Mayor Latoya Cantrell said during a news conference. While hospitals are scrambling to relocate personnel and seek more health care workers, city officials said they are prepared to bring in workers from other areas to deal with those at the Morial Convention Center.

Louisiana COVID-19 Healthcare Volunteering

If you are a healthcare student, graduate, or an active member/retiree of the healthcare workforce, please sign up to volunteer your time and talent to help the State and our healthcare system meet the challenges of COVID-19. We are looking for volunteers with backgrounds in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, dentistry, counseling, mental/behavioral health, laboratory science, among others.
This is a partnership of all higher education institutions in Louisiana, led by the University of Louisiana System and Louisiana State University, to mobilize our students and graduates in healthcare professions. To sign up visit Covid-19LAVolunteers.org or click here.

 

3/25/2020)- On Wednesday, Edwards announced there were 1,795 cases and 65 deaths as of Wednesday with 48 of 64 parishes affected.” If our growth continues we could run out of ventilators in New Orleans the first week of April.”

A little over two weeks ago, Louisiana had no known cases. As of Tuesday March 24, there were 1,388 cases of Coronavirus in the state with 46 deaths. Governor John Bel Edwards says, “This is real and our state and everyone in it needs to take it seriously. Everyone needs to do their part to fight this virus.”

Governor John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a state wide Major Disaster Declaration in response to the spread of Coronavirus in Louisiana was approved by President Trump last night.

To reads more about the Major Disaster Declaration click the link below:

https://kadn.com/icymi-gov-edwards-covid-19-major-disaster-declaration-request-approved-by-president-trump/