Ferguson: Now is not the time for big Easter celebrations

Shawn Ferguson
New Orleans police officers are on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. A number of officers tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-quarantine which put a manpower strain on the department.

But, NOPD Superintendent Shawn Ferguson says the department has seen a turn and a number of officers are now back at work.

“That number is greater than the number of officers who are out now. At some point we had more officers out than we had returned, so we are in a good place,” says Ferguson.

With families celebrating Good Friday, Ferguson urges people to not use this Easter weekend to derail efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“It has been a struggle to get, many to comply, but we as a city, we as a state have made tremendous head-way thus far with stopping the spread but we cannot stop doing what we need to be doing which is social distancing,” says Ferguson.

He says he knows many families have big Easter celebrations with lots of people attending but he says now is not the time to do that.

“Stay the course,” he says. “I know we have our great traditions of fish-fries on Good Friday and church service on Easter Sunday but now is not the time. Just celebrate at home with your immediate family."