Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says people should expect what he calls "jarring" new numbers of coronavirus cases reported in the state this afternoon.
"That will be the largest that we've reported to date," the governor told WWL's Newell Normand. " and I wanted to sort of try to give some context to that."
Edwards said they expect to get results from a backlog of tests that private labs have finally been able to clear.
"They just got overwhelmed, and they just didn't have the capacity to run the tests," Edwards explained.
The governor says people should not throw their hands up and despair based on these new numbers, and he reminded folks that they can still make an impact on the spread of COVID-19 in the coming weeks.