GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS MOVING THE STATE INTO PHASE THREE OF REOPENING THE ECONOMY FROM COVID-19 BEGINNING TODAY. HE WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON AT TWO TO GIVE THE EXACT DETAILS AND RESTRICTIONS THAT GO WITH MOVING INTO PHASE THREE. HE DID INDICATE THAT THE STATE WILL REMAIN UNDER A MASK MANDATE. EDWARDS SAYS HE HOPES THE NUMBERS DO NOT GO BACKWARDS BUT IF THEY DO HE WILL ACT QUICKLY.
FORTY-ONE MORE DEATHS FROM COVID-NINETEEN WERE REPORTED IN LOUISIANA TODAY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. THE TOTAL HAS SURPASSED FIVE THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME. HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE TO DROP WITH THIRTY-NINE FEWER TODAY. THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS DECREASED BY EIGHT. THE NEW CASE COUNT WAS FAIRLY HIGH WITH SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE ADDED. THE TOTAL IS NOW ABOVE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SIX THOUSAND.
ACADIANA HAD FOUR DEATHS INCLUDING THREE IN VERMILLION PARISH AND ONE IN ST. MARY PARISH. THE TOTAL IS NOW UP TO SIX HUNDRED THIRTY. THERE WERE EIGHTY-ONE NEW CASES OF COVID-NINETEEN ADDED TODAY IN ACADIANA. THE TOTAL IS OVER TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ALSO RECORDED FOUR NEW DEATHS FROM COVID-NINETEEN. BEAUREGARD PARISH HAD TWO AND CALCASIEU AND ALLEN PARISHES ADDED ONE EACH. THE TOTAL IS NOW AT THREE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN. THERE WERE TWENTY-THREE NEW CASES IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, INCLUDING TWELVE IN CALCASIEU PARISH. THE TOTAL IS NOW AT FOURTEEN THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR.
CROWLEY MAYOR TIM MONCEAUX ANNOUNCED THE REOPENING OF CITY HALL BEGINNING MONDAY AS THE STATE MOVES TO PHASE THREE. HE SAYS ACCESS WILL BE LIMITED AND CITIZENS MUST ADHERE TO PHASE THREE MANDATES REGARDING OCCUPANCY, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING. CROWLEY RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE USING THE CITY’S ONLINE RESOURCES AS WELL AS TELEPHONE, EMAIL AND FAX, AS NEEDED. HE THANKED THE CITIZENS OF CROWLEY FOR THEIR COOPERATION AND PATIENCE AS THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH THE VARIOUS PHASES OF REOPENING THE CITY AND STATE.
THE MAYOR OF OPELOUSAS TALKED WITH KATC TV ABOUT HIS BATTLE WITH COVID-NINETEEN. JULIUS ALSENDOR, WHO RETURNED TO WORK LAST WEEK, SAYS HE HAS A NEW APPRECIATION FOR LIFE AFTER BATTLING THE ILLNESS FOR SIX WEEKS. HE SAYS THERE’S NO DOUBT PRAYERS HELPED HIM THROUGH IT AND NOW HE’S NOT TAKING LIFE FOR GRANTED. ALSANDOR IS GRATEFUL THAT NO FAMILY MEMBER OF HIS OR CO-WORKER CONTRACTED THE VIRUS.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that a California-based manufacturer will invest $5.1 million to build a new facility in Lafayette, creating nearly 70 new jobs. The Louisiana Department of Economic Development said ysterday that the investment into the Lafayette facility will come from the Westfield Hydraulics’ affiliate company, Westfield Fluid Controls. The company, which makes hydraulic and fluid control components for aerospace and defense applications, is relocating an existing operation from San Fernando, California. State officials estimate the project will create about 100 additional indirect jobs.
About two dozen Hurricane Laura evacuees and their advocates yesterday marched through the streets of New Orleans to protest what they called the “slow response” from the federal government on getting them needed financial help. Evacuees from Lake Charles, DeRidder, Vinton and other cities hit hard when Laura raked the state last month marched holding signs that read “FEMA _ The people of Lake Charles need assistance now” and “FEMA _ Lake Charles children need school today.” The march ended outside the federal building in New Orleans. One of the march’s organizers says Lake Charles and its surroundings suffered an estimated $10 to 12 billion in damage but FEMA has only released $29 million.