LDH issues recommendations for Mardi Gras Covid-19 safety
LDH issues recommendations for Mardi Gras Covid-19 safety

LDH issues recommendations for Mardi Gras Covid-19 safety

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The Mardi Gras festivities have already started, but before you head out to your next Shrovetide ball or parade, keep in mind that we’re still very much in a pandemic.

But there is some good news in that the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has reported a downward trend in the number of infections from the recent Omicron rise.

“We are very grateful that we are in a much better place in terms of Covid-19 transmission than we were just a few short weeks ago at the height of the omicron Surge.” LDH region 5 medical director Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh said.

Across the country, the percentage of positivity has dropped from 14.3% to 9.1%. To keep pace with declining numbers, health officials want to remind everyone of some guidelines that can help during Mardi Gras.

“I think for most young healthy people who have been vaccinated and who are willing to take some precautions, they certainly know it’s fair,” Cavanaugh said. “We want to enjoy Shrovetide, so I think we just have to be smart with our decision.”

LDH recommends:

  • Wearing the most protective mask that fits, especially if you are celebrating indoors.
  • To celebrate outside if possible.
  • To try to maintain social distance as transmission occurs in crowded outdoor environments.
  • To be vaccinated and boosted if justified.

“There’s definitely still time … booster shots, once taken, start to have some benefit as soon as 48 to 72 after that dose is received,” Cavanaugh said.

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