In hard-hit Louisiana, where the positivity rate is around 15%, Gov. John Bel Edwards told “GMA 3” there is no indication that the state has reached the peak of this surge.
Louisiana has more than 2,700 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, the governor said, noting that during the peak of the previous wave, hospitalizations had only reached 2,100.
“We’re having the worst pandemic situation at all levels here in Louisiana. And unfortunately, we don’t see anything that indicates we’ve peaked,” he said. “Cases continue to increase, hospitalizations and 20% of new infections in the past two weeks have been in children under the age of 18.”
The governor reinstated a mask mandate for August as cases skyrocket.
Edwards noted that “the two sectors of the economy hit hardest by COVID are related to oil and gas because demand has dropped so much for these products and then to tourism because people have stopped traveling.”
“This is a very serious blow. But we think and hope that it will be a relatively temporary change, much like the one we had last March, and that over the next few weeks we will overcome this wave and then continue. to get people vaccinated and that confidence will increase, ”he said.