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Gov. Edwards urges Louisianians to continue to wear their masks, get vaccinated


BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is moving in the right direction but is still urging Louisianians to continue to wear masks and get vaccinated.

In his weekly COVID-19 briefing, the governor also announced that he has signed a proclamation recognizing all of Louisiana’s public health workers.

“There are a lot of people who work behind the scenes, you don’t see them you don’t hear from them they don’t get singled out for the recognition that they deserve, but they have helped us every step along the way during this pandemic and I want to thank them all,” Gov. Edwards said.

During the briefing, State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter said the new vaccine hotline launched Thursday had already started getting calls. Residents can schedule appointments, find vaccine providers, and connect with medical professionals to submit questions about the vaccine.

The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. the number for the hotline is 1-855-453-0774.

Kanter said there have been 170 cases in Louisiana where people got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated and only 11 of these people were hospitalized.

Kanter notes 28.1 percent of the state’s population has initiated the vaccine series and 18.7 of Louisiana’s population has completed the series.

As of Thursday, 2,152,002 doses had been administered in the state, including 898,262 completed two-dose series, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

Edwards also touched on his budget proposal and legislative priorities, highlighting teacher pay raises, increasing the minimum wage from $7.25, and a fully-funded Tops program.

The governor is expected to address members of the legislature from Southern University’s campus on Monday at 6 p.m.

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