Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is not ready for a Phase 1 reopening and that there is still "work to do."
Edwards, speaking at a news conference Friday, said the state has not reached the threshold that must be passed to get to the Phase 1 reopening — including not having 14 days where the number of cases, tests and deaths are moving in the right direction.
Speaking from Louisiana State University where he toured a personal protective equipment production center, Edwards said he hopes the state can get to Phase 1 within the next few weeks.
"I can't tell you that we will get to Phase 1 by May 1st, but I hope we do," he said.
"We aren’t going to be successful in opening the economy if we see a spike in cases and can’t deliver healthcare,” he added