United States President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana on Tuesday night, a move that will help the state better secure resources during the remainder of the COVID-19 outbreak.
President Trump gave the OK for the declaration after Governor John Bel Edwards both penned a letter to the president and also made two-separate public pleas for help – on Monday night's statewide COVID-19 roundtable and at today's media press conference.
By issuing the Major Disaster Declaration, Louisiana is now one of four states to receive such a declaration.
By getting that done, the state will now be in better position to receive both funding and resources – two things the governor said the state needed as cases continue to rise.
"We have taken aggressive mitigation measures to flatten our curve, and this Major Disaster Declaration will help us further combat COVID-19 in Louisiana," the Governor tweeted late Tuesday night.
He added, "I am very appreciative of the federal government's expeditious approval of Louisiana's request and their support throughout our response."
Louisiana has 1,388 COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths - two numbers that rank the state near the top of per capita numbers in the United States.
Governor Edwards has said multiple times in recent days that the state's hospital system could be stretched, then overtopped if we don't flatten our curve.
But by securing this funding, Louisiana will now be in a better position to receive federal help should cases continue to grow.
Tuesday's declaration marks another piece of good news for the state, as our daily increase of COVID-19 cases dropped from its usual 35-40 percent increase rate to just an 18 percent increase on Tuesday,
But with testing ramping up at record rates, all local leaders at all levels have warned that the situation could soon get worse before it gets better.