Gov. Edwards announces La. will stay in modified Phase 2 until Feb. 10

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 5:49 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 5:46 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state will stay in a modified version of Phase 2 of the White House’s guidelines for reopening the U.S. economy until Feb. 10.

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Gov. Edwards holds a press conference on Louisiana's response to COVID-19.

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The governor made the announcement during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and said he was extending his executive order for the modified Phase 2 due to the high level of the virus spreading in the state.

“Every region of the state has a [COVID-19] positivity rate over 10%,” he said. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, but right now, we are in a very dark place.”

The previous executive order to keep Louisiana in a modified version of Phase 2 was set to expire Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Under the modified version of Phase 2, capacity for most businesses will stay at 50%. Gov. Edwards said it is “time to buckle down” and urged all residents to do what they can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Joseph Kanter, with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), also echoed the governor’s bleak picture of the state’s fight against COVID-19.

“The pandemic has never been as bad as it is right now,” Dr. Kanter said. “Community spread has never been higher than it is right now, in all 64 parishes.”

Gov. Edwards urged the state’s employers to allow employees to work from home if possible and asked residents to order take out from restaurants instead of dining in.

The governor said the COVID-19 vaccine is now being administered in every parish in the state. He said the vaccine is safe and effective and asked every resident to get vaccinated when it becomes available to them.

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