Louisiana’s governor said the resurgence of coronavirus in his state is causing them to put their reopening plans on hold.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that the state will remain in its phase two plan for another two weeks as Covid-19 numbers increase.
“It is widespread all across our state," the governor said.
Edwards first extended the phase two plan nearly a month ago, and it was set to expire on Friday prior to his extension.
The governor added a new mask mandate early last week, and he said that rule also will be in place for an additional two weeks.
Louisiana had another surge of Covid-19 in early May, but the governor warned that the disease is in more parts of the state now.
“This resurgence doesn't look like it did,” Edwards said, “when it was concentrated.”
The state Department of Health warns that hospitalizations also are growing at an alarming rate. “We've now clearly turned a corner in the wrong direction," said Dr. Alexander Billioux, assistant secretary.