Louisiana sees COVID-19 cases rise in several regions

Louisiana sees COVID-19 cases rise in several regions

(The Center Square) – Three regions of Louisiana have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases in recent days even as the amount of testing has leveled off, state officials said Thursday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to announce Monday whether the state will move into the next phase of loosening restrictions meant to control the spread of the new coronavirus. Edwards didn’t say Thursday if he was leaning toward moving into the next phase, or whether he would consider issuing different rules for different regions.

But statistics Dr. Alex Billioux with the state Office of Public Health presented suggest the southwest, Acadiana and central regions of the state would not meet federal guidelines to further reopen. Edwards said he had not seen any indication that COVID cases will overwhelm health care capacity in any region of the state, which had been a concern when Louisiana was among the world leaders in case growth.




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