After weeks of back-and-forth between Governor Edwards, pastors, business leaders, legislators under the threat of legislative override, and an anxious Louisiana, it appears the Pelican State is nearing the beginning of Phase I Reopening. In a Monday presser, the governor announced his intent to move Louisiana forward, beginning Phase 1 of the Opening America Up Again Plan.
The governor’s relaunch plan - with additional details to follow Friday, moves businesses, churches, and organizations forward to operation at 25% capacity. He says he hopes that the state can move into Phase II of the reopening plan by June 5th.
Louisiana fiscal analysts are estimating that the cost of COVID-19 may exceed $1 billion – in Louisiana alone. The economic cost of shuttering the state has distressed many employers, leaving them without necessary revenue streams and shifting financial burdens onto frayed safety nets.
Eighteen states’ attorneys general have sent a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee requesting that they take formally take action to hold the Chinese government accountable for its role in the manufacture and spread of the coronavirus, as well as the disinformation campaign produced to cover up the contagion rates.
“Recent reports suggest that the communist Chinese government willfully and knowingly concealed information about the severity of the virus while simultaneously stockpiling personal protective equipment,” wrote General Landry and his colleagues in the letter. “In what Secretary of State Pompeo has described as a ‘classic communist disinformation effort,’ the Chinese government, aided by the World Health Organization, appears to have intentionally misled the world over the last six months.”
After defying mandates to shut down all elective medical procedures to preserve PPE for COVID-19 use, New Orleans’ abortion clinic has sent a woman to the hospital, presumably after a botched abortion.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: abortion doesn’t save lives and it isn’t an essential service.
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