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Gov. Edwards gives update on upcoming winter weather, state’s response to COVID-19

Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 5:54 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 3:55 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday, Jan. 20.

The governor urged residents to be aware of the rise of COVID-19 cases, spurred by the Omicron variant.

He urged residents to get vaccinated and/or boosted against COVID-19 if they have not already done so.

Gov. Edwards also urged residents in southeast Louisiana to take precautions for precipitation forecast to fall before freezing cold temperatures late Thursday, Jan. 20, and Friday, Jan. 21.

He asked residents to heed the warnings of local parish and city governments and ensure they and their neighbors are prepared for the cold weather.

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The governor said officials do not anticipate widespread power outages with the incoming weather but urged residents to use heated blankets, space heaters, and generators safely.

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