Gov. Edwards will hold a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. on the state’s response to rising COVID-19 cases. This comes one day after the state reported 4,339 new cases, the highest number of new cases without a backlog since the pandemic began. Louisiana moved to a more restrictive “modified” Phase 2 November 24th, just before Thanksgiving. The order will expire Dec. 23, however, Edwards warned at the time the restrictions could be extended. Gov. Edwards also said if a massive spread of the virus did occur over Thanksgiving the state would not feel the impacts of the spread for up to two weeks. As the state prepares for the long-awaited coronavirus vaccine, Edwards expects some 40,000 Louisianans will be vaccinated in December. The state will use its initial allotment of doses in just 48 hours.