Health officials warn people to be mindful during Independence Day weekend

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 11:04 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Fourth of July is full of barbeque, family, and fun - but the Louisiana Department of Health warns that now is not the time to let your guard down.

“Try to be outside as much as possible, that gives you a lot more distance and a lot more ease to separate yourself,” said Region 7 Medical Director Dr. Martha Whyte.

As of July 2, the Louisiana Department of Health is reporting a cumulative total of 61,561 cases in the state. They’re reporting a cumulative total of 5,532 cases in Region 8.

Region 8 is made up of Ouachita, Franklin, Union, Lincoln, Richland, Morehouse, Jackson, Caldwell, Madison, East Carroll, West Carroll, and Tensas Parishes.

As cases continue to rise and fall across the state, Whyte said that the governor could consider extra steps to help stop the spread.

“He could make some tighter restrictions on phase two, especially looking at group sizes, mandating masks, things like that, or he could take a step back into phase one,” she said.

Whyte said it’s important that people continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, and staying home as needed.

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