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Mayor Cantrell's Office updates COVID-19 in New Orleans and compliance

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s Office on Tuesday addressed an effort to create 100 percent WiFi coverage in the city of New Orleans.

It comes as thousands of students are preparing to learn at home virtually.

Spokesman Beau Tidwell told the media the mayor’s office says 100 percent coverage is still a long way away, but it’s a goal they are working toward quickly to provide the necessary utility to everyone in the city.

“The goal is 100-percent access so that everybody who needs it has that ability. What that technology looks like, we’re still working out, but ultimately the goal is to make sure no one was left behind. We are working on bridging that digital divide. Given where we are, we want to make sure we are keeping our eye on that equity piece and making sure that people that don’t have the resources are able to access that through the city.”

Tidwell also addressed COVID-19 cases in New Orleans.

As of August 4, Orleans Parish had 10,426 positive cases of COVID-19 and 560 deaths.

Over the weekend, the city’s 311 hotline received 108 complaints regarding large gatherings and 101 reports related to non-compliant businesses.

The city’s positive testing rate has dropped to 3.9 percent. Tidwell said that was considerably lower than previous weeks.

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