Louisiana virus cases surge; Edwards plans primetime address

Louisiana

By MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of Louisiana residents confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus has spiked to nearly 1,200 people. The state health department said the number of people who have died from the virus surpassed 30 on Monday. It’s a troubling trend that has Gov. John Bel Edwards enacting a statewide “stay at home” order that was to take effect Monday evening. He’s also planning a statewide primetime TV broadcast urging people to comply. The Democratic governor’s order calls on his state’s 4.6 million residents to voluntarily stay at home unless they need to get food or medicine. Louisiana has one of the highest per-capita rates of confirmed infection.