Gov. Edwards issued the order March 22, after showing Louisiana’s statistics of the coronavirus spread.
Louisiana has the fastest growth rate of the coronavirus in any state or country in the world.
The number of cases in Louisiana is now 1,172, resulting in 34 deaths. The virus has spread to 41 of 64 parishes.
In Northwest Louisiana, only seven parishes have confirmed patients, however, there are zero deaths reported.
“We have taken aggressive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve; however, this is not enough. As our number of cases continues to grow, I am directing all Louisianans to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to leave," said Edwards.
The stay-at-home order does not include essential workers.
The following information is from the governor’s website.
Examples of Essential Worker Functions under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines include:
- Healthcare workers and caregivers
- Mental health and social service workers
- Pharmacy employees
- Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products
- Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees
- Farm workers
- Electricity and utility industry employees
- Critical manufacturing employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
- Petroleum, natural and propane gas workers
- Transportation and logistics workers
- Communications and information technology employees
- Financial services and banking industry employees
View the proclamation here.
There is no curfew put in place at this time as Edwards left it up to local government officials.
Edwards also noted Louisiana borders are not closed.