Louisiana surpassed 80K confirmed cases of coronavirus this week

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser on his state's mask mandate and closing bars.
2:14 | 07/15/20

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Louisiana surpassed 80,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus this week, rising into the nation's top five number of cases per capita. Joining us once again to weigh in on these impacts is the lieutenant governor Billy Nungesser. Thank you so much for being with us today. We know that the governor there, John Bel Edwards signed an executive order that went into effect on Monday to close all bars across the state, can you talk a little bit about that decision? Right, he also put a mandatory wear your mask in place except for three parishes in Louisiana. It's so important we follow those guidelines. We saw an incredible spike, as you mentioned, we're in top ten of states that saw that spike. We know what we've got to do, wear your mask and keep your distance. Talking about that mask mandate, for anyone who's 8 years or older, some members of the state's republican-controlled legislature have pushed back on that order, what do you make of that? I think we have to take politics out of this. I was glad to see the president at Walter reed this past Sunday. The vice president was here yesterday, his whole team was wearing masks out at lsu talking about safely opening schools. We got to do it because it's the right thing to do and leave politics to the side. Tourism is such a big part of Louisiana. Without that curve heading south we're not going to get this state back open and bring the economy back. As you mentioned, we saw vice president Mike pence visiting Louisiana yesterday amidst that surge in cases. You said he had his mask on. One official who was absent from the meeting was Louisiana's attorney general Jeffrey Landry, he tested positive for covid-19. Can you tell us about his condition, how he's doing? Yes, I haven't gotten an update this morning. We're praying for a speedy recovery for him. But that's a great example of why we all need to do this. Nobody's immune to it. And we just got to come together and wear the mask. I think that's an important message that everyone needs to hear not only in your state but across this country. Lieutenant governor William Nungesser. Thank you so much for being with

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