- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a statewide “stay at home” order effective at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23 because of the threat of the novel coronavirus. In a news conference Sunday, the governor told Louisiana residents to stay at home unless going out for essential tasks including trips to the grocery store and pharmacy. (Source: Governor’s Office)
“I’m asking that you be good citizens, like never before,” Governor Edwards noted that no checkpoints or other enforcement measures are planned to enforce his order.
The order will, unless extended, expire on Monday, April 13 according to the governor who urged citizens to “behave as if you know you have the Coronavirus” already. As of the 2 p.m. press conference there had been 837 confirmed cases in 36 parishes with 20 deaths, the vast majority of which have been reported in Orleans Parish (451 cases with 15 deaths), followed by Jefferson Parish (184 cases with 3 deaths).
Today’s gubernatorial order “expands business closures” according to Governor Edwards who noted that Louisiana has experienced the third-highest per capita infection rate in the nation.
- There have been 17 cases reported in Ascension Parish.