Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference to address the state’s response to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at 3 p.m. today. The governor’s address will come almost a week after Thanksgiving, a holiday he and health experts warned could become a super spreader event if people did not practice COVID-19 mitigation measures. Gov. Edwards also announced that day Louisiana would move from Phase 3 to a modified Phase 2, which went into effect Nov. 25 and expires on Dec. 23. Under the governor’s new guidelines, tele-work was highly encouraged for both private and public employees when possible, it closed many bars in the state to outdoor-only sales, capacity for most businesses including restaurants was reduced to 50%, and seating capacity at all sporting events was reduced to 25%.