The State of Louisiana has been under various different versions of a "stay at home" order from Governor John Bel Edwards for almost a month. These efforts were put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The first version shut down schools, casinos, and other businesses, then came stronger declarations severely limiting group sizes, and shutting down non-essential businesses. Those orders were set to expire this coming weekend. However all of the orders in the state have since been extended through April.

So far this week, we have been given some hope in the fight against the virus. Including some changes to the models that show Louisiana will likely not surpass it's hospital capabilities.

There might be another glimmer of hope on the horizon. Sci-Port Discovery Center Executive Director Dianne Clark sent out a release about the facility that included something that sounded pretty good. Here's the statement:

"I hope this message finds you well. While Sci-Port continues to adhere to the closure mandates set forth by Governor Edwards, we want to assure you that your current memberships will be extended by the number of days we remain closed. We continue to provide daily educational videos on Facebook and hope that you have been enjoying the reading and scientific activities.

Our current re-opening date is slated for May 1; however, we know that may change. Please stay connected with us through our web page, Facebook and Twitter.

We miss you and hope to see you in person very soon."

If you didn't catch the part that brought us some hope, the release said "Our current re-opening date is slated for May 1..." which did include the fact that the date may have to change, but still sounds great. The concept of putting a date on something right now sounds incredible. It seems to be a step no one else is prepared to take, even with the acknowledgment that it might have to change due to government orders.