New Orleans was one of the first cities to proactively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aggressive testing, stay-at-home and social distancing policies are working. We remain laser-focused on the safety of our workers, our residents and our facilities as we continue to work toward reopening.
“We’ve been able to reduce our case growth and our numbers in a way that is quite frankly as impressive as anybody in the country, and the Vice President said that today as well. Because their (President Trump's and Vice President Pence's) eyes were closely on Orleans and Jefferson Parish a few weeks ago … and they’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the work that’s been done. Which is why, every time I talk to the Vice President he asks me to relay to the folks of Louisiana how much he and the President appreciate the work that’s been done here.” — Governor Edwards remarks, May 4, 2020
“I want to send the message nationally, internationally... that we have been doing the right thing. We are showing, yet again, that we are the safest city to visit and live, and that is what is going to allow our industry to rebound.” — Mayor Latoya Cantrell, NOLA.com, May 21, 2020
Vice President Pence applauded Louisiana’s aggressive effort in testing with the state testing among the highest number of people per capita (in America).
“In discussions with your governor, we'll continue not only to offer our best counsel, but we'll continue to offer medical support, medical equipment, that personal protective equipment and we'll continue to offer support as Louisiana continues to try to increase testing across your state. Although, I will tell you that Louisiana can be proud to have one of the highest per-capita numbers of testing of any state in the country.” — Vice President Pence
Governor John Bel Edwards stated in his May 4th news conference that, while metropolitan New Orleans would meet the White House criteria for reopening, including infections, hospitalizations and the testing capacity, due to other parts of the state that are lagging, he extended the state-mandated restrictions to May 15. This delay will put the state in a better position to adequately test state-wide and not just the New Orleans area. Edwards also stated the Vice President’s support of delaying the start of phase one in Louisiana in his call this week with the nation’s governors:
“I have to say how proud we are, despite the heartbreaking loss of people in our community and the families who've lost loved ones, New Orleans has made great progress and Louisiana has made great progress by putting the health of their neighbors first.” — Vice President Pence
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