UPDATED 10:44 AM PT — Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Louisiana is set to get much needed federal aid after President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested the declaration as the number of deaths from the coronavirus has risen to 46 and the number of cases jumped to over 1,700.
Additionally, the state is also under a ‘stay-at-home’ order and the National Guard is assisting with covid-19 testing. The governor noted that protecting the people is his number one priority and the declaration will provide additional support for state and local agencies.
“It is critical that we do our part immediately, you can’t fix what you didn’t do yesterday or the day before, but starting right now and going forward everyone has to do their part to reduce the spread of this particular virus,’ he urged. “Everyone has a role to play.”
— Louisiana Department of Health (@LADeptHealth) March 25, 2020
Gov. Bel Edwards thanked first responders and health care workers for their efforts in fighting the spread of the virus. He also said he appreciates the federal government’s approval of his request and for their ongoing support.