NEW ORLEANS: A LEADER IN FIGHTING COVID-19 THROUGH AGGRESSIVE TESTING AND PLANNING FOR A SUCCESSFUL RETURN

From the outset, New Orleans was one of the first cities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our stay-at-home policies are working. Cases are decreasing, and we remain laser-focused on the safety of our workers, our residents, and our facilities as we continue to flatten the curve.

COVID-19: Proven Successful Measures

  • Our state is flattening the curve because of the aggressive testing done in highly populated areas so far. And we are continuing to conduct testing across the state with 200,000 additional test kits being provided to us by the White House.
  • From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mayor of New Orleans acted swiftly with a stay-at-home mandate and stood up one of the nation’s four initial pilot testing programs, and we are currently testing faster than most other locations.
  • Both President Trump and Vice President Pence have praised Louisiana and New Orleans for the progress we’ve made putting the health of our neighbors first.

From Governor Edwards remarks at his May 4, 2020 Press Conference:

“We’ve been able to reduce our case growth and our numbers in a way that is quite frankly as impressive as anybody in the country, and the Vice President said that today as well. Because their (President Trump’s and Vice President Pence’s) eyes were closely on Orleans and Jefferson Parish a few weeks ago … and they’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the work that’s been done. Which is why, every time I talk to the Vice President he asks me to relay to the folks of Louisiana how much he and the President appreciate the work that’s been done here.

Watch the full press conference here.

From WWLTV.com’s April 27, 2020 report:

Pence applauded Louisiana’s aggressive effort in testing with the state testing among the highest number of people per capita (in America).

“In discussions with your governor, we’ll continue not only to offer our best counsel, but we’ll continue to offer medical support, medical equipment, that personal protective equipment and we’ll continue to offer support as Louisiana continues to try to increase testing across your state. Although, I will tell you that Louisiana can be proud to have one of the highest per-capita numbers of testing of any state in the country,” Pence said.

Governor John Bel Edwards stated in his Monday news conference that while metropolitan New Orleans would meet the White House criteria for reopening, including infections, hospitalizations and the testing capacity, but due to other parts of the state that are lagging, he extended the state-mandated restrictions to May 15.  This delay will put the state in a better position to adequately test state-wide and not just the New Orleans area. Edwards also stated the Vice President’s support of delaying the start of phase one in Louisiana in his call this week with the nation’s governors.

“I have to say how proud we are, despite the heartbreaking loss of people in our community and the families who’ve lost loved ones, New Orleans has made great progress and Louisiana has made great progress by putting the health of their neighbors first,” Pence said.” 

Read the full story here

Planning to Re-open

  • Our Governor has created the Resilient Louisiana Commission tasked with safely reopening the state, with key committees led by New Orleans & Company’s Executive Counsel and Senior Vice President for Legislative Affairs Walt Leger and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Romig.
  • Our industry is developing plans with local and state officials aimed at positioning New Orleans as a model destination. We plan on being a leader in developing and implementing new protocols in safety, cleanliness, and sanitation moving forward. 
  • The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center continues to undergo its $500 million master plan renovation under the leadership of its new board chair, New Orleans & Company’s Leger.
  • Hotels, attractions, restaurants and the Convention Center are all working through plans to relaunch utilizing national guidelines to ensure the highest degree of safety possible for employees, and visitors.

Count on New Orleans leading the way in preparedness and safety as we turn the corner on COVID-19. Every step we’re taking right now is with your safety in mind as we prepare to welcome you back. 

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