Gov. Edwards has requested a major disaster declaration for Louisiana to combat the spread of COVID-19. As the number of cases of COVID-19 grows and the state’s efforts to combat the spread of illness intensifies, Edwards said the declaration would allow the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health threat. Edwards said it is still impossible to know exactly how long the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Louisiana, but what we do know is that we have more cases per capita than every state, except for New York and Washington. He added we have overwhelmed our stocks of key resources needed for our hospitals, first responders and emergency managers. There will be a long-lasting impact on the state of Louisiana, and we have taken aggressive mitigation measures to fight the spread of COVID-19. President Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, giving the state access to more federal resources to fight the spread of coronavirus.