Governor Edwards Extends Louisiana Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate For Another Month To Further Slow The Spread Of COVID-19 Following The State’s Worst Pandemic Wave
Today, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the Louisiana statewide indoor mask tenure for an additional four weeks, until October 27, as the overall COVID-19 outlook of state is improving following the worst COVID-19 outbreak of the entire pandemic. The statewide mask mandate includes K-12 schools and college campuses.
“There is no doubt that our COVID-19 situation in Louisiana has improved since the peak of our fourth outbreak, which was in large part due to the Delta variant, and for that I am deeply grateful,” said the governor. Edwards. âEven so, the amount of COVID in Louisiana is still incredibly high, at 243 cases per 100,000 people, because it is disproportionately due to transmission among those five to 18 years old. That’s why to support the continued decrease in hospitalizations, cases and deaths related to COVID-19, I am extending the tenure of indoor masks throughout the state of Louisiana for an additional four weeks, including in our schools. K-12 and on college campuses, âGovernor John Bel Edwards said. âMasks have been proven to help slow the spread of COVID-19, with recent federal data from the Centers for Disease Control showing that schools without masking requirements are 3.5 times more likely to have a COVID outbreak. -19 as schools where children and staff are masked. We must do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us who are vulnerable, including wearing masks indoors and getting the safe, effective and completely free COVID-19 vaccine.
âOn August 4, the day the mask’s mandate was reinstated, only 37% of Louisianans were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To date, it’s up to over 45 percent. While this improvement is something to be proud of, it is not enough. Right now, our hospitalizations are down, but they are still about four times above the baseline of the pre-Delta rise. In September alone, Louisiana reported 1,470 people died from COVID, which is tragic because we know the vast majority of those deaths were likely preventable. We need to increase Louisiana’s vaccination rate even further so that we have strong vaccine protection in our communities. Just over half of all people eligible for the vaccine in Louisiana are fully vaccinated. That’s why masking at this time is still important.
âOur COVID-19 indicators continue to move in the right direction and this is essential, but we are still floundering in COVID,â said Dr. Joseph Kanter, public health official at the Louisiana Department of Health. âThe 64 parishes are currently at the highest possible level on our community risk scale. With the highly transmissible Delta variant circulating statewide, masking inside is how we stay safe and protect our loved ones. “
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MASK MANDATE IN THE STATE
Face masks that properly cover the wearer’s mouth and nose must be worn indoors at all times, unless a person is in a home, under the Governor-Wide Mask Mandate. state, which will be in place at least until October 27, 2021.
The order requires face coverings for all people aged 5 years or older or enrolled in kindergarten, except for the following:
- Anyone with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
- Anyone who consumes a drink or food
- Anyone trying to communicate with a hearing impaired person
- Anyone who gives a speech for broadcast or to an audience
- Anyone temporarily removing their face covering for identification purposes
- Face coverings are strongly encouraged for ages 2 to 4, as they are tolerated.
As with the governor’s previous term, children under the age of kindergarten are exempt if they cannot wear a mask. However, the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health strongly encourage the wearing of the indoor mask in public for all children two years of age and older, especially since they are not yet eligible for the vaccine. COVID.
HOW TO GET A COVID VACCINE IN LOUISIANA
Vaccines remain the best protection against COVID-19, as they are proven to reduce the likelihood that a person will contract a severe case of COVID, be hospitalized or die from the disease. They are safe, free, and available throughout Louisiana for anyone aged 12 or older.
Anyone aged 12 and over is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana. The FDA has fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine – from Pfizer – for all ages 16 and over.
The Pfizer vaccine also continues to be available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for people aged 12 to 15 years. Parents should confirm with the vaccine supplier that their child is under 18 to ensure Pfizer vaccine is available before making an appointment.
- COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in more than 1,000 locations in Louisiana’s 64 parishes, including pharmacies, hospitals, health care clinics, and doctor’s offices.
- For a list of locations, visit LDH vaccine directory or visit vaccines.gov, which is run by the federal government.
- For a list of vaccine locations near you, send your postal code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish.
- If you have any questions, want to speak with a healthcare professional, or need help making an appointment, call 211 or the Louisiana Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774.
COVID-19 REMINDER DOSES
Last week, the Louisiana Department of Health made booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available to adults at increased risk, in accordance with new CDC guidelines. Anyone who is six months away from their two-dose Pfizer series is now eligible to receive a booster injection if they are:
- 65 years or older
- 18 years of age or older and have one of the many underlying health conditions OR
- Be 18 years of age or older and live or work in an environment that puts you at risk of exposure to COVID
As always, LDH recommends that people discuss their individual situation and the risk / benefit analysis with their doctor or practitioner. The CDC and LDH will assess with similar urgency the data available in the coming weeks to quickly make additional recommendations for other populations or individuals who have received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.