Governor John Bel Edwards talked to Louisiana about COVID-19 cases in the state and his expected working relationship with President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris during the governor’s monthly call-in radio show.
Here are the highlights:
Louisiana is on trajectory to move backwards in COVID-19 statewide restrictions, Edwards says
COVID-19 cases and the rate of positive COVID-19 tests are up in Louisiana, Edwards said. There were 2,239 new positive COVID-19 cases and 28 new deaths reported Wednesday (Nov. 18). There are also currently 886 Louisianans hospitalized for COVID-19.
“We have 200 more net new hospitalizations than we had a week ago,” Edwards said. “That’s a trajectory that is quite frankly unsustainable.”
In a press conference last week, Edwards said the state’s hospital capacity will determine whether or not the state needs to move back to one of the previous reopening phases.
While Edwards said Louisiana has not reached capacity in the hospitals yet, the state is “in a trajectory where we will be there too soon if we don’t do better.”
“Focus on doing what is required to slow the transmission of this disease,” Edwards said. “Wear your mask. Social distance… Stay home when you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently.”
If residents practice the necessary mitigation measures, the chances that Louisiana moves backwards in reopening will go down, Edwards said.
Edwards said he’s looking forward to a working relationship with President-Elect Biden
Edwards said he had a good relationship with Joe Biden when he was vice president and that he’s “looking forward to resuming that working relationship with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.”
When Edwards was elected governor of Louisiana in 2015, Biden was entering his final year as Vice President in the Obama administration.
Edwards added that he also had a good working relationship with the Trump administration, and said he hopes the president will concede soon so the Biden administration can begin the transition.
“That is in the best interests of the country,” Edwards said.