Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards said: “Louisiana has been the hardest hit by this wave of Covid-19 and that’s because of the Delta variant. It changes the game. And the reality is the number of people being vaccinated. The race in this state is not enough.”
Doctors in Louisiana are urging people to get vaccinated. They warn that hospitals are overcrowded and the capacity to treat patients is reduced due to Covid-19 infection of staff and medical staff. Officials say the state is short of more than 6,000 nurses.
Many places in the United States have introduced mandatory mask wearing regulations.
Some local governments have begun to reintroduce the requirement to wear masks. This is one of the latest efforts by policymakers to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.
Currently, the Delta variant is common across the United States and most infected people have not been vaccinated.
In the state of Florida, which is experiencing a severe outbreak and accounts for about a quarter of the country’s hospitalized patients, more than 10,000 patients were hospitalized as of August 1.
However, Governor Ron DeSantis has the opposite stance on masks. Last week, he issued a ban on schools requiring students to wear masks. Last month, the number of infections increased significantly in the states of Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and Nevada.
Florida home immunization program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of August 2, nearly three-quarters of adults in the US had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This number has surpassed the milestone long expected by the Biden administration.
President Joe Biden on July 29 called on the local government to donate money to encourage people to get a Covid-19 vaccine. At the same time, the US government also introduced a new rule that requires federal employees to provide proof of vaccination, if not regularly tested, wear a mask and limit travel.