relaxing the statewide mask mandate.
On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order extending the current mitigation measures for another 28 days.
“That is, the statewide indoor mask mandate including K-12 schools and college campuses,” said Edwards.
As of now, the focus is on ensuring children’s safety.
“Our transmission is being driven by people from five to 18 years of age, all of those people happen to be in our K-12 school systems. Children, those under 12, at least cannot yet be vaccinated and masks obviously help protect them in addition to themselves, it protect others,” said Edwards.
State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter said severe pregnancy outcomes are becoming an issue.
“Six maternal deaths, six pregnant moms have died in this surge and 10 fetal deaths, 10 unborn children have died,” said Kanter.