Governor John Bel Edwards announced in his daily press conference today, June 1, in Baton Rouge that he will issue a proclamation, effective Friday, June 5, that moves the State of Louisiana into Phase 2 of the set of proposed restrictions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for return to normalcy from the coronavirus pandemic.
Edwards noted that the number of four deaths associated with today’s report was the lowest since March 22 and the number of cases also was the lowest recorded since March 25.
While still being reserved about the findings, the governor said hewas very pleased with the results, especially as goals for increased testing had been surpassed in addition to the numbers of patients in hospitals showing an overall steady decline. Edwards noted that at one time Louisiana was listed as the second worst state in the nation behind New York for rate of infection. He expressed his thanks to everyone who has quarantined in place for the past ten weeks and practiced social distancing while slowing and, in some cases, flattening the curve of infection.