Gov. Edwards will hold his first news conference of 2021 at 2:30 p.m. today. He is expected to address the state’s continued spike in COVID-19 cases, the alarming increase in hospitalizations, and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for Louisiana residents 70 and older.
LDH reported yesterday that the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 1,974 statewide. The last time Louisiana’s coronavirus hospitalizations were that high was April 13, 2020, during the state’s first surge of the virus. The governor’s address will also come two days after LDH announced which pharmacies will receive the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people in the state’s Phase 1B, Tier 1 priority group, which includes people 70 years old and older. There has been some frustration about how quickly those vaccines were snapped up.