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Gov. Edwards does not expect to move away from mask mandate anytime soon

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards holds up his own mask.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards holds up his own mask.(STAFF PHOTO BY TRAVIS SPRADLING | Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 1:04 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:10 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards gave an update to Louisiana’s COVID-19 response Thursday, July 30.

Gov. Edwards COVID-19 Press Conference 07/30

NOW: Gov. Edwards is providing an update on Louisiana's response to COVID-19. #lagov

Posted by Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday, July 30, 2020

Edwards says Louisiana currently has the most cases of COVID-19 per capita in the country.

Last week, Edwards issued a PSA to people 29 and younger, who, on average, make up around 30% or more of the new cases daily, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

Patients in hospitals and on ventilators continue to drop, and this will need to continue to happen before any changes can be made.

Governor Edwards is expected to meet with LDH next week and decide what to do next. He also stated not to expect any major changes and does not anticipate Louisiana to move away from the mask mandate anytime soon.

The number of positive coronavirus cases is starting to show early signs of plateauing, Edwards said in a press conference Tuesday, July 28.

East Baton Rouge Parish has surpassed Orleans Parish in having the highest number of positive coronavirus cases in the state.

“That per capita ranking should be an alarm bell for everyone to fully understand just how serious this pandemic is here in Louisiana,” Governor Edwards said.

Gov. Edwards called the crisis dire and says if we don’t all do our part and take the virus seriously, more of us could be at risk.

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