UPDATED, TUESDAY AUGUST 4
Governor John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that his order mandating face masks has been extended until at least August 28.
Louisiana hasn’t advance far enough in its fight against Coronavirus and so it must remain in Phase 2, the governor said.
Louisiana is close to an all-time high in coronavirus-related hospitalizations as case numbers have increased since the beginning of July. Hospitalizations have reached a level not seen since April. Coronavirus cases in the state have reached a plateau recently, but it is a high plateau.
Edwards said, "Louisiana is beginning to see the positive impact of the mask mandate in its COVID-19 data, including a decline in the number of people who are reporting to emergency rooms with COVID symptoms, decreasing new cases across the state and declining or plateauing hospitalizations in many regions of our state. Still, every single one of our 64 parishes has high COVID incidence."
Edwards said many residents of the state have been concerned about the mask mandate that he added while the state has been in Phase 2. He said that wearing masks is something that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. “The mask mandate is just part of the new normal,” he said. “I think people need to plan to continue with that.”
To get Louisiana to the point where mandates can be relaxed, he said, everyone, not just some people, must wear masks and maintain social distancing.
WASHINGTON PARISH cases as of Tuesday, August 4: 1,211
WASHINGTON PARISH deaths as of Tuesday, August 4: 58