The entire country is grappling with the challenge of containing and limiting the spread of COVID-19, a deadly disease brought on by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While the entire state of Louisiana remains under a stay-at-home order to help curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19, state health officials think it’s possible that the rate of new infections has started to slow down.
As of Monday, April 6, 16,284 cases and 582 deaths have been reported. While most of the cases are appearing in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, there are now 63 of the state’s 64 parishes.
Louisiana health officials say there are signs that the state is flattening the curve of the COVID-19 health crisis. Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Monday that the state is beginning to see hospital admission and death rates slow down, and added, “We know that if we have a positive trend developing, it’s because of the mitigation measures that we’ve taken and it is because of the work being done in our hospitals.”
Gov. Edwards had issued a statewide stay-at-home order last month that remains in effect through April 30. His executive order does allow some exceptions, including exercising and doing grocery shopping. To learn more, review the exceptions here.
Within the state, New Orleans now has 4,942 cases and Jefferson Parish has 3,922 cases.
To learn more, review the stay-at-home order here.
Highlights of Louisiana’s Stay At Home Order
When did the order go into place?
Gov. Edwards issued the Stay at Home Order on March 22, requiring all Louisiana residents to remain at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.
When will the order be lifted?
The order is now scheduled to be lifted on April 30, 2020, although it could be extended.
What are violations and penalties associated with the order?
The state is working with local law enforcement to support and enforce the order.
What kind of order is it?
This was an official statewide executive order by the governor.
What are essential businesses?
Examples of essential businesses include healthcare providers, caregivers, Social Service agencies, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants offering takeout orders, farmworkers, and utility workers.
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