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Last week, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an indoor mask advisory as cases of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 continue to rise.
She, along with other City and State officials are strongly recommending anyone, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask indoors.
In a press conference, where she made the announcement Cantrell said wearing a mask is the most “immediate and tangible” way to slow the spread.
Adding, “Don’t let us go back,” Cantrell remarked. “The city cannot afford for that to happen.”
In a stunning shift, the number of average daily cases in New Orleans has jumped from 11 to 99 in a two-week period. A nine-fold increase, according to the City’s spokesperson Beau Tidwell.
Dr. Jennifer Avegno, who heads the New Orleans Health Department says the increase of cases is occurring to unvaccinated people, the elderly and those with health risks.
Although a crisis, the City of New Orleans continues to lead the state in persons receiving the vaccination.
According to the latest data, 69% of adults in New Orleans have gotten the first dose of the vaccine. Tidwell says 63.7% are fully vaccinated. Almost 51% of the total population is fully vaccinated, he said.
The rise in cases across can equal dire consequences according to Dr. Joseph Cantor of the Louisiana Department of Health stated recently on CNN, that the state has lost six months of progress in two weeks in the fight against COVID-19.
With the rapid spread of the Delta Variant, it could possibly put fall events in jeopardy. Several festivals are scheduled this fall, including JazzFest, in addition to the beginning of football season and school re-openings.
The spread of the Delta Variant can possibly alter these plans. What steps the City will take to stop the rise in numbers remains to be seen.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an indoor mask advisory as cases of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 continue to rise. She, along with other City and State officials are strongly recommending anyone, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask indoors.
Getting vaccinated and wearing a mask, according to medical experts are the most effective ways to fight off the Delta Variant of COVID-19.