Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he plans to issue a new proclamation on Thursday extending the phase two restrictions under the current order another 28 days.
“Simply put, we're heading in the wrong direction. We have more cases than we can justify just by the fact that they're doing more testing,” he said during a news conference on Wednesday.
Edwards said Louisiana may not remain under the extended order for 28 days, depending on the data after 14 days and 21 days.
He also said the biggest increase in cases in Louisiana is in 18 to 29 year-olds.
“We've seen up ticks in young people, younger than 18, and people aged 30 to 39. But in that 18 to 29 years where we're seeing the largest increase," Edwards said.
He added: “Nobody is immune from this virus … the damage that this disease can do to your body is something that may last for a very long time. May last forever. So I do want to make sure that young people are listening."
The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 52,477 cases of coronavirus and 3,039 deaths.