The Louisiana Department of Health on Friday announced 710 new cases of Covid-19 in the state, bringing the total to 28,711. This is the largest jump in number of new cases in a day since April 11 .
According to the governor’s office, the health department has two new laboratories reporting tests, which probably explains the bump. These laboratories reported 381 positive results, so the increase could be a function of a delay in notification to the State.
At least 1,927 people have died from coronaviruses across the state.
Although Governor John Bel Edwards extended the stay order until May 15, he relaxed some restrictions on the order, which take effect today.
Statewide malls will remain closed to the public, but stores may offer curbside delivery. Restaurants can still order take-out and delivery, but can also offer outside seating. Edwards said workers who interact with the public will have to wear masks.
However, the mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, tweeted shortly after the governor’s announcement that there would be no change to the existing mandate throughout the parish of Orleans. The tweet went on to say that “restaurants will not be allowed to accommodate curbside seats and stores will not be permitted to open curbside delivery”.