BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged state residents to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as hurricane season approaches, saying at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he was about to get his second booster — his fourth COVID-19 shot overall.
Edwards said COVID-19 cases have been increasing but hospitalizations and deaths have remained low. He said two deaths were reported Wednesday.
“I'm still waiting for the very first day since March of 2020 that I get a report from the Department of Health telling me that we’ve had none," Edwards said.
The Centers for Disease Control says adults age 50 and older are eligible for second boosters.
“For the third year in a row we are entering hurricane season while COVID-19 remains a real threat to individuals and to families — especially in the event that we have to do congregate sheltering,” Edwards said.
Edwards noted that five hurricanes made landfall in Louisiana over the last two seasons and encouraged residents to be ready with plans for evacuation or sheltering and stockpiling supplies.
Among other officials speaking at Wednesday's news conference was Fire Marshal Butch Browning. He stressed the importance of making sure generators are well maintained and that they are operated a safe distance from a building to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning, a cause of death after storms.