Louisiana to move to Phase 2 of reopening on Friday

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Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards says the state has made progress in the battle against COVID-19.

"I have made the decision it is appropriate to move to Phase Two."

He explained that the numbers look good.

"I spent the weekend digging into the data," the governor told reporters. "I am pleased to report that we are seeing signs of progress... Louisiana is moving in the right direction."

The announcement comes as Louisiana sees steady declines in the hospitalizations and number of people in ventilators and increases in testing across the state.

As of today there are 661 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. "That is the lowest reported since March 25th," according to Edwards.

He says there were only four deaths reported from Sunday to Monday. "That is the lowest number of deaths reported since March 22."

The number of new cases also shows a flattened curve. "Right now we are ranked 10th of all states per capita for cases."

Edwards pointed out that the state was number two not very long ago. "I want to take just a moment to thank the people of Louisiana."

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell repeated today that the city will not move to Phase Two at this time.

She did indicate, however, that she may relax some Phase One restrictions in the coming days.