Gov. Edwards: ‘We still have a long road ahead of us to full recovery’

Gov. Edwards provides update on COVID-19 in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards stated that disaster recovery and COVID-19 response remain the top priorities for the state during his news conference on Thursday, Oct. 22.

“The storms may have passed, but there’s no doubt, we still have a long road ahead of us to full recovery,” Gov. Edwards said.

President Trump has approved the state’s request for a major disaster declaration for parishes affected by Hurricane Delta.

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The approved parishes are Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson are able to register for assistance.

Residents affected by Laura have less than a week (Oct. 27) to apply for FEMA assistance. Oct. 30 is the deadline for disaster unemployment applications, to apply go to for info.

According to a weekly report from the White House, Louisiana is stable and currently has the lowest number cases per capita of any southern state.

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Louisiana also has the lowest rate of positivity of any state in the south according to the report from the White House.

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