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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) announced On Tuesday, the statewide mask mandate he reissued in August after lifting it during the spring will remain in place until at least October 27, saying it is necessary to keep up with the significant decline in coronavirus spread there over the past few weeks.

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Louisiana became the first US state to reimpose the mask mandate on August 4, during a record-breaking Covid spike as the state was one of the first to be hit by the delta version’s surge.

New cases peaked on August 12, a 7-day average of more than 5,800, but have been declining rapidly since then – now dropping to nearly 1,000 a day. Johns Hopkins University.

admitted to hospital That has dropped from more than 3,000 in mid-August to less than 1,000.

Deaths in Louisiana fell from a 7-day average of 63 per day to 24 per day on September 18.

The CDC recommends everyone wear masks in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of coronavirus transmission, regardless of vaccination status, which is present in all 64 parishes in Louisiana.

The mask mandate was due to expire on Wednesday.

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Dr. Joe Cantor of the Louisiana Department of Health said, “We are encouraged that trends are heading in the right direction. It is now clear that we have increased along the delta somewhere in mid-August and are making steady progress.” ” News conference Tuesday.

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7. How many states have a statewide mask mandate after every state mandates except Hawaii, when the CDC issued guidance in the spring saying fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks, according to a tracker AARP. The six states that issued re-mandates are Louisiana, Illinois, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and New Mexico.

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Despite having the lowest immunization rate population of any state in the country – 45.2% as per fully vaccinated, Mayo Clinic-Louisiana is home to some of the most stringent public COVID restrictions in the country. On August 16, New Orleans became the first US city to require proof of vaccination to eat at restaurants, sit at bars, and participate in other public, indoor activities. The state’s leading university, LSU, announced on August 24 that it would make vaccines mandatory for students, following news that the Pfizer/Biontech COVID Vaccine had been granted full FDA approval. The university also said it would require proof of vaccination for fans attending football games, making it the most powerful program ever conducted in college sports to do so.

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