With the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans both paused at Phase 2 of reopening, Louisiana is reporting 845 new cases of COVID from the previous day’s case count and more than 12,260 new cases than reported exactly one week ago, when Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state would not be proceeding to Phase 3 of reopening because of escalating cases of COVID.

Gov. Edwards officially issued the proclamation pausing the state’s reopening last Thursday, June 25.

“We have watched with concern as cases continue to rise in Louisiana, which is why we are pausing the state in Phase 2 for now. Data from the last three days makes it crystal clear that Louisiana is not ready to move to Phase 3 just yet,” Gov. Edwards said last Thursday, June 25. “Our plan is to watch the daily trends and then to do another deep dive into the data in 14 days to determine if things are improving or getting worse, so we can make a plan for our future. None of us wants to go back to a time of greater restrictions, which is why it is incredibly important that all Louisianans take the necessary mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state, including wearing cloth masks or face coverings when they are in public, staying home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms, keeping six feet of social distance, and washing their hands frequently.”

Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is reminding residents of the city to do more to stop the spread of COVID-19. She took to Twitter Monday (June 29) afternoon, tweeting: “There are 36 new cases and 1 new death in NOLA since yesterday. High percentage of cases are young people. These young people then go home and spread it to their family unknowingly. Have a conversation with your family. Please spread the word: mask up, keep distance, wash hands!”

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