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Vice President Mike Pence discusses COVID-19 with officials in Louisiana

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Posted at 6:58 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 16:44:36-04

On Tuesday, July 14, Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Baton Rouge to meet with Governor Edwards and state officials to discuss efforts to combat COVID-19.

The vice president's plane touched down in Louisiana around 11:00 am.

Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, along with Representatives Steve Scalise, Ralph Abraham, Garret Graves and Mike Johnson will also be in attendance.

Following that meeting, a roundtable discussion is scheduled to be held at Tiger Stadium with higher education leaders. The roundtable will discuss the planned reopening this fall and the return of university sports programs.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence insisted schools should reopen to in-person instruction for students in a visit to Louisiana. The state has reemerged as one of the nation's hot spots for the coronavirus only months after signs pointed to a successful outbreak response.

The Republican vice president appeared at Louisiana State University with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders.

Pence described the nation as "in a much better position today to deal with the pandemic" even as virus cases surge across much of the country.

Louisiana isn't taking the wide-open approach sought by Pence. Schools are planning a mix of online and in-person learning this fall.

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