The Louisiana Department of Health announced Friday 710 new cases of Covid-19 in the state, bringing the total to 28,711. This is the biggest jump in new cases in a day since April 11.
According to the governor’s office, the health department has two new labs reporting tests, which likely explains the bump. Those labs reported 381 positive results, so the increase could be a function of delayed reporting to the state.
At least 1,927 people have died of coronavirus across the state.
Although Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the stay-at-home order through May 15, he did ease some restrictions to the order, which go into effect today.
Malls throughout the state will remain closed to the public, but stores can offer curbside delivery. Restaurants can still do takeout and delivery orders, but can also offer outdoor seating. Edwards said workers interacting with the public will be required to wear masks.
However, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell tweeted not long after the governor’s announcement that there would be no changes to the existing mandate throughout Orleans Parish. The tweet went on to say that “restaurants will not be allowed to host curbside seating and stores will not be allowed to open curbside delivery.”