Louisiana governor cautious of COVID-19 spike as displaced Laura victims scatter all over roar

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Greg Hilburn
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Printed 6: 43 PM EDT Aug 31, 2020

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he’s cautious of a COVID-19 spike as displaced Typhoon Laura victims scatter all around the roar and first-responders and volunteers saunter into the most damaged areas to lend a hand.

The wretchedness comes as higher than 300,000 households and agencies remain with out energy and one other 176,000 remain with out working water as victims dig out from the hurt below a blistering summer sun pushing the warmth index to 108.

Edwards’ wretchedness comes fair as the roar’s case numbers tumble below the purple line. Louisiana reported its lowest single-day sequence of newest COVID-19 instances — 326 — since June 8 and the White Dwelling Coronavirus Process Power lowered the roar from purple to yellow in unusual infections.

“We’re absolutely doing better,” Edwards said.

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Nevertheless he said residents desires to be especially vigilant in heeding mitigation measures worship overlaying and social distancing to stem the unfold and steer sure of a spike.

“I am nervous because it is with the entire circulate (introduced on by the storm),” Edwards said. “We’re essentially desirous about that.”

Meanwhile, roar, federal and volunteer agencies continued to mobilize to lend a hand victims. Typhoon Laura’s Louisiana death toll remained at 14.

The Louisiana Department of Kids and Family Providers has opened a reception center originate 24 hours a day for evacuees seeking safe haven.

Evacuees have to toddle to the reception center to be positioned in a non-congregate safe haven — primarily accommodations — as one becomes on hand. Any individual who arrives at once at a lodge might perchance perhaps not be admitted and will seemingly be required to head to the reception center.

The Louisiana Department of Kids and Family Providers is also launching a program for households to locate loved ones who evacuated from Typhoon Laura to roar-provided lodge rooms.

The Military Corps of Engineers is activating its “Operation Blue Roof” program to homicide and set up fiber-bolstered blue tarps to cowl damaged roofs except arrangements might perchance perhaps fair moreover be made for permanent repairs.

To be eligible the houses desires to be inhabitable after installation.

“It be foremost to our total housing belief,” Edwards said.

The governor also continued to attend these within the six parishes included in President Trump’s foremost be troubled declaration to study for abet from the Federal Emergency Administration Company.

These parishes are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon. Edwards has requested for 17 more parishes to be included.

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FEMA aid can include grants for temporary housing and residential repairs, low-cost loans for uninsured property loss and other programs to lend a hand folks and agencies gather better.

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