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Gov. Edwards discusses COVID-19 with local media

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Aug 07, 2020

KATC sat down with Gov Edwards on Friday to discuss the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was held virtually and several other media outlets were present to ask questions of the governor.

The full interview can be viewed below:

KATC's Marcelle Fontenot spoke with the governor on several coronavirus related topics.

Back to School

With so much concern around going back to school, we asked Gov. Edwards if he were still parenting a child in Pre-K through 12th grade, how would his family educate that child in the midst of this pandemic - in person, in a hybrid setting, or would he send his child to school fully online? The governor said he would choose the hybrid model.

"Well, I believe it would be in person on a hybrid schedule," he said. "The hybrid approach is, I believe, essential to allow some kids to go virtually the entire year or at least until COVID is behind us."

The governor added that his son, who is his youngest child, will be going to LSU on a hybrid schedule as a freshman this semester.

Reopening phases

Gov. Edwards told us that one of his greatest fears is that people are hearing that things are somewhat improving with COVID-19 and relaxing.

He said he will go back to Phase One or even Zero if necessary, but he believes he shouldn't have to do that if people remain vigilant.

"If we want the greatest sense of normalcy, if we want businesses fully reopened, schools open successfully, we are going to have to all do our part and this time we won't be relaxed and go back to the behaviors that caused the numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and ultimately the number of deaths. We can do this," Edwards said.

The governor's call to Louisiana residents

Gov. Edwards is calling on Louisianians to take the pandemic more seriously.

He said, "It's my hope that now that we have so many people infected, so many people who've been in the hospital with serious cases, so many people who've died, that people across Louisiana all now know somebody. And they know that this is real. They know that this is serious."

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