Governor John Bel Edwards closes all K-12 public schools in Louisiana until April 13, 2020

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has been providing updates on coronavirus cases in Louisiana | Catherine Hunt/LSU Manship School News Service

Baton Rouge, LA – On Friday March 13, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that halts any gathering of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13, 2020. This preventative measure (among several other actions) closes all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Monday, April 13, 2020. Louisiana is attempting to impede the spread of COVID-19 around the state. As of mid-day Friday, Louisiana has 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.

Governor Edwards will hold a joint media briefing at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will also be a part of the media briefing. The media event will be held at New Orleans City Hall. And, it will be live-streamed at Facebook.com/LouisianaGov.

In a released statement, Governor Edwards said, “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 statement from Governor Edwards also said, “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.”