Gov Edwards: Expect a ‘huge spike’ in COVID-19 numbers Thursday

Gov Edwards: Expect a ‘huge spike’ in COVID-19 numbers Thursday
March 30 (Source: WVUE)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, during a radio interview Thursday, April 2, warned the state will see “a huge spike” in the reported number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases when the official daily numbers are released at noon.

Louisiana Department of Health reported 2,726 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 9,150 cases. More than 95% of these positive results are from tests conducted in commercial labs.

“While extremely upsetting, this increase in COVID-19 cases appears to be less a sign of new exponential growth and more a sign of a logjam from commercial labs,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “I am pleased to see a ramp up in testing across the state. We need this energy and commitment to continue. It’s important to understand that what’s happening in Louisiana with the increased testing is also happening around the country. That said, as more and more commercial labs come online our different data systems must learn to talk to one another.

During his interview on WWL radio, the governor said a lot of the increased cases are among people who got sick days ago and are recovering at home in self-isolation.

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