VIDEO: City of New Orleans updates COVID-19 data; potential to move to Phase 3

City of New Orleans weekly media briefing

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -New Orleans reports the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since the start of the pandemic.

In a news conference Tuesday, city spokesperson Beau Tidwell says city leaders could make a decision on phase three next week, but more data is needed.

The city is waiting to see if there will be a spike as contact sports.

Dr. Joseph Kanter with the state health department says while the numbers over the past few weeks in New Orleans are encouraging, there are plenty of situations at play that could increase the risk of a Covid spike.

City leaders say the data they collect over the next few days will help determine what the next step will be.

Tidwell points out the criteria they’re considering has not changed and he says no one wants to open too big, too soon.

“As we saw this Summer, when you open back up, if you open too big too soon, you can pay the price for that. We’re going to be very intentional and very deliberate. I don’t know of any additional restrictions right now that would be more restrictive than what we currently have in place. What we’re looking forward to and what we’re hoping to do is to ease some of the restrictions that New Orleans has in place right now.”

He says reopening will be phased and to expect guidelines from Mayor Cantrell and the city’s health department director next week.

As of Tuesday, there were more than 12,000 positive cases and 587 deaths.

The city’s positivity rate has been below five percent for multiple weeks.

Tidwell also urged those Orleans Parish residents who have not completed the Census, to please do so.

The deadline is Sept. 30.

Also discussed was Monday’s announcement that contact sports such as football, basketball, and soccer are allowed to resume in Orleans Parish.

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