Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday to address Louisiana’s rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The governor explained that there are more people in the hospital now than there were at the height of the summer surge. He added that there is a possibility another surge will come after Christmas. Edwards stressed people cannot test their way into a safe Christmas holiday. Now the entire state is in the high-risk category. He said between 125,000 and 135,000 frontline healthcare personnel will be the first people in the state to receive the vaccine. Doctors, nurses, hospital food service workers and custodial staff are all included in that group. Edwards says the state hopes to vaccinate 160,000 people in the first priority group comprised of people who work in hospitals and nursing homes, by the end of December. There are around 200,000 to 215,000 people in the first group.