New Orleans mayor reviews COVID-19 data with city in phase 1 of reopening

New Orleans mayor reviews COVID-19 data with city in phase 1 of reopening


New Orleans is well into phase 1 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, allowing restaurants and other businesses to open their doors again with some restrictions in place.Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the city’s health director held a news conference Friday morning to discuss data surrounding the city’s COVID-19 response.City leaders stressed that no matter when phase two begins, the main goal is to prevent super-spreader events in both phase one and phase two. New Orleans has been in phase one for about two weeks. In the last few weeks the city has seen a very slow increase in coronavirus cases. About 45,000 tests have been given throughout the city, and about 700 contact tracers have been hired to help identify, isolate and prevent the spread of the virus. According to Cantrell’s administration, it is still too soon to know the effects of the phase one reopening, and that it can take some time to see a spike in cases, including numbers from Memorial Day weekend. Dr. Jennifer Avegno said that when the city goes into phase two will depend on data and not a timeline. City leaders said they are planning on exactly what phase two will look like, but in the meantime will be following the guidelines in place in phase one for a long time. Cantrell and her administration took a cautious approach at moving the city into phase 1, which allowed indoor seating at restaurants and gyms and hair salons to reopen. New Orleans is where the coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana first began.

New Orleans is well into phase 1 of its COVID-19 reopening plan, allowing restaurants and other businesses to open their doors again with some restrictions in place.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the city’s health director held a news conference Friday morning to discuss data surrounding the city’s COVID-19 response.

City leaders stressed that no matter when phase two begins, the main goal is to prevent super-spreader events in both phase one and phase two.

New Orleans has been in phase one for about two weeks.

In the last few weeks the city has seen a very slow increase in coronavirus cases.

About 45,000 tests have been given throughout the city, and about 700 contact tracers have been hired to help identify, isolate and prevent the spread of the virus.

According to Cantrell’s administration, it is still too soon to know the effects of the phase one reopening, and that it can take some time to see a spike in cases, including numbers from Memorial Day weekend.

Dr. Jennifer Avegno said that when the city goes into phase two will depend on data and not a timeline.

City leaders said they are planning on exactly what phase two will look like, but in the meantime will be following the guidelines in place in phase one for a long time.

Cantrell and her administration took a cautious approach at moving the city into phase 1, which allowed indoor seating at restaurants and gyms and hair salons to reopen.

New Orleans is where the coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana first began.


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