1,400 new cases of COVID-19; Phase 2 extended until Aug. 28

FULL VIDEO: Gov. Edwards holds news conference on COVID-19 Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) -Governor John Bel Edwards said during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 4 he will be issuing a new executive order to keep the state in Phase Two of the White House’s guidelines for reopening for another 21 days until Aug. 28.

The current Phase 2 order was set to expire this Friday, Aug. 7.

Edwards said data shows the state is “moving in the right direction” but it is too early to tell if “we’ve changed trajectory.” The White House shared a report that shows Louisiana in red condition based on positive cases.

“We need everyone’s help. We see early signs the mask mandate is working,” Edwards said.

He stressed that the state needs to get to a rate of transmission that is less than one without moving backwards.

The statewide mask mandate applies to all 64 parishes in Louisiana.


The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 125,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Wednesday, August 5, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state:

  • 125,943 positive cases - increase of 1,482 cases
  • 3,978 deaths - 41 new deaths
  • 1,471 patients in the hospital - decrease of 16 patients
  • 223 patients on ventilators - decrease of 17 patients
  • 89,083 patients recovered

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