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Earlier today, Governor John Bel Edwards declared that all K-12 Schools be closed, public elections be moved and is restricting public gatherings in accordance with CDC policy. Below is the a statement from the Governor:
Today, I signed a proclamation that immediately halts any gathering of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13, closes all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16 and also moves upcoming state elections.
We are at an inflection point now and we are going to take bold action to minimize the further spread of this illness. That is why I am issuing this order today, ending all events of more than 250 people, closing our schools, and reducing the amount of face-to-face public interaction at state government buildings.
In a separate executive order I will grant Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s request to move our upcoming elections for April and May to June and July. The limits on gatherings of 250 people or more statewide is based on federal CDC guidance given the community spread which we are currently experiencing. These steps are necessary to protect the health and safety of the people of Louisiana from the risk of COVID-19.
With that declaration, there's a lot of questions and concerns. The Governor will try to address what this means, the implications and give an update on the impact of Coronavirus on Louisiana. You can watch Governor Edwards' address below.
To stay up to date with all the information you need related to COVID-19, here's some details from the Caddo Department of Homeland Security: