As one of the states hardest hit by COVID-19, Louisiana is under a stay-at-home order as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths have surged in the past few weeks.
Gov. John Bel Edwards had issued the statewide stay-at-home order through April 13, but has since extended it to April 30. The order allows exceptions, including exercising and going grocery shopping. To learn more, review the exceptions here.
Edwards extended the order on the same day that Louisiana reported more than 2,700 new cases of coronavirus and 37 new deaths. Since the outbreak started, the state has experienced more than 9,100 cases, and more than 300 people have died from the virus. There are more than 1,600 patients now hospitalized in Louisiana, which has seen a 42% increase in statewide cases.
The governor urged the public to do their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
“The situation remains concerning, but every Louisianan has the power to change the path we are on,” Edwards said. “Think of your neighbors, and please stay at home.”
Most of the new cases are coming from New Orleans Parish — which has experienced 3,148 cases and 125 deaths — and Jefferson Parish, which has 2,178 cases and 73 deaths.
To learn more, review the stay-at-home order here.
When did the order go into place?
Gov. Edwards issued the Stay at Home Order on March 22, 2020, directing all Louisiana residents to remain at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.
When will the order be lifted?
The order is now scheduled to be lifted on April 30, 2020.
What are the violations and penalties associated with the order?
The state is working with local law enforcement to support and enforce the order.
What kind of order is it?
This is an official statewide executive order by the governor.
What are essential businesses?
Examples of essential businesses include healthcare providers, caregivers, Social Service agencies, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants offering takeout orders, farmworkers, and utility workers.
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