Governor Edwards Will Not Renew COVID-19 Health Emergency | News
Governor Edwards Will Not Renew COVID-19 Health Emergency |  News

Governor Edwards Will Not Renew COVID-19 Health Emergency | News

While Louisiana and the nation continue to make progress in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic due to the significant drop in cases and hospitalizations and the wide availability of safe and effective vaccines, for the first time in 24 months,

Governor John Bel Edwards will not renew his COVID public health emergency order when it expires this week. Governor Edwards announced this today in his speech at the opening of Louisiana’s 2022 Regular Legislative Assembly.

“On March 11, 2020, I signed a public health emergency for COVID-19. And even though it changed to reflect the ebb and flow of the pandemic, it has been in effect ever since. This Wednesday, the order expires and after 24 months I will not renew it, “said Governor Edwards.” This decision was not taken lightly. I have met with GOHSEP, the Department of Health, the Louisiana National Guard and the Division of Administration to ensure that there will be no federal aid consequence or other negative consequences of not renewing the proclamation.

“I would like to be aware that just because the proclamation expires does not mean that COVID is over. If circumstances require it, I will not hesitate to declare another emergency. God willing, we will never have to see such difficult mitigating measures in our state again., “he said.” Fortunately, at present we are no longer in a crisis. I do not know what the future holds, but I know we are a much better place today than we were two years ago. ”

Governor Edwards and his public health advisers will continue to monitor the situation with COVID and provide the public with the updates and guidance needed to manage public health in Louisiana’s communities and also to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. Should additional needs arise or the situation change, the governor may revise his emergency order in the future.

According to new societal risk models from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of Louisiana’s parishes have a low risk of COVID spread.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to follow the science and data to guide our response,” said State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. “Fortunately, we are in a much better situation and in a much stronger position than we have been. At the same time, it is not lost on us that today marks the second anniversary of our first COVID-19 death in Louisiana. In just 24 months, almost 17,000 Louisians lost their lives, this pandemic is certainly not over and our collective work remains unfinished, but I believe that better days lie ahead. The COVID-19 vaccines have saved countless lives – and they, therapeutic agents and a deeper understanding of this virus strengthens us. “

“I am so proud of what the men and women of the Louisiana National Guard have accomplished in this unprecedented time of need,” said Major General Keith Waddell, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard. “I am also grateful for the relationships and partnerships we have built with local officials from all 64 parishes, other government agencies and our federal partners. Together, we have managed to respond to COVID-19 with innovative tactics, techniques and procedures that have “for the benefit of our citizens and visitors to our state. I want the citizens of Louisiana to know that the Louisiana National Guard will continue to protect what matters.”

Currently, all epidemiological data point to a decrease in COVID-like disease, new COVID cases and hospitalizations. According to CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels, the majority of parishes are currently classified as low. Two years into the COVID pandemic, Louisiana has many more tools to control the spread of coronavirus in its community, including safe and effective vaccines, booster doses, antiviral drugs, monoclonal antibody treatments, home tests, and high-quality face masks.

Before allowing the COVID Public Health Emergency Order to expire for the first time in two years, Governor Edwards consulted with Cabinet officials including LDH, GOHSEP, the Department of Administration and the Louisiana National Guard to ensure that the state could continue to provide the necessary support to deal with COVID in Louisiana community. Many other states have allowed their emergency orders to expire, although COVID remains.

Louisiana will continue to support community vaccination and testing as the pandemic requires. Now that the state is no longer in a state of crisis, COVID-19 activities including vaccination and testing will increasingly begin to return to traditional health environments. COVID-19 tests and vaccinations will remain widely available at local pharmacies, primary clinics and FQHCs throughout the state. Call 211 to find a test site or vaccination site near you.

Since March 2020, more than 16,913 people have died from COVID in Louisiana, and there have been more than 1.23 million cases.

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