Dardenne on Guv’s COVID Decision: Health is the Top Priority [VIDEO]
Louisiana's Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne talks about the decision by Governor John Bel Edwards to keep the state in Phase II of the Coronavirus economic recovery until late July.
Dardenne starts by answering on online question, "When it's the Governor's medical advisors and the economic advisors when it's time for a decision to be made, why do the medical advisors always win?"
"Because the health of the people of Louisiana is the most important priority," Dardenne begins, "And the health advisors are obviously keeping close track of what is happening with Coronavirus. They're going to carry the day on something like this. Of course, the past couple of weeks we've seen a a serious bump in cases. We were hoping we were going in the exact opposite direction like we had been which had led to movement to Phase II"
The Commissioner then talks about Governor Edwards' hope for the next month as the state stays in the second reopening phase. "The Governor is just as anxious as anybody to see the economy get back to full bore, but we can't do it in the context of this Coronavirus still taking place."
Dardenne then comments on the Governor's one-size-fits-all approach for the state, particularly in light of encouraging statistics from the Shreveport Bossier area. "The Governor's always been reluctant to do that and the health (advisors) have generally felt that was not the best approach. Areas of the state that are showing that symptoms have increased...we don't want to create a situation where we go backward."