Cantrell considering new restrictions to control COVID

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With surging COVID cases in New Orleans, the mayor says she is considering tougher orders to help control the virus spread.

"There could possibly be some other restrictions coming this week," LaToya Cantrell said. "We are assessing them from week to week, so we are in that process right now."

Cantrell did not say specifically what additional measures she is considering.

Her comments came as she joined education officials announcing that public school students in the city will not return to classrooms next month.

The mayor expressed disappointment that New Orleans residents have not made the community safe and healthy enough for kids to return to school buildings in August.

"It truly depended on the actions of adults being that example," Cantrell insisted. "We know what we need for our young people, but you know what?  We have not provided what they need."

The mayor said the people of New Orleans flattened the curve by 96% before, and they can do it again.

"We need everyone to do that more so right now... We need to turn this around, and we can do it," Cantrell urged.  "This is our obligation."

Under the current executive order, New Orleans is under a modified Phase Two reopening that is more restrictive than state rules.