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We’re going to do a full investigation into whether these facilities, the owner of the facilities, failed to keep residents safe and whether he intentionally obstructed efforts to check in on them and determine what the conditions were in the shelter, and if warranted, we will take aggressive legal action against any responsible parties.
I think getting eyes on the damage in person rather than reading about it, rather than hearing about it, rather than seeing it on TV is really important, because this is going to be a marathon, and we’re going to need a lot of help from our federal partners for a long time to come. And we need some of that help immediately.
Our people have taken a pretty good lick here from Hurricane Ida, but our people are very resilient and strong as well. Having said that, we need all the help that we can get from the federal government, from the nonprofit sector, from the faith community, and certainly from us at the state level and working with our local partners as well.
It has become extremely clear that Read MoreAvoiding lockdowns current recommendations are not strong enough to deal with Louisiana's fourth surge of Covid, in fact, nobody should be laboring under the misapprehension that this is just another surge. Read MoreAvoiding lockdowns've already had three of these, this is the worst one Read MoreAvoiding lockdowns've had thus far.
I hope all of the people of Louisiana will join Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlows family, especially his wife Julia and their two children, his many friends and the people of the 5th Congressional District, louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19 since March, and each one of them leaves a tremendous hole in our state.
Hurricane Delta is an incredibly dangerous storm that will bring heavy winds, rain and life threatening flooding and storm surge to coastal Louisiana, everyone in South Louisiana should pay close attention to the weather in the coming days and heed the advice and directions of their local officials.
First of all, I'm not comfortable in saying that I'm happy with the time that has elapsed. But I'm aware that there are reasons for that. And there's an approach that has been taken for as long as anybody can remember when you have criminal investigations that are ongoing, as to the sequence of events, and whether that continues to be the most appropriate approach to that I'm not sure, i do know that it is a matter of public record once the authorities who are conducting the investigations, which happen to be the DA and Union Parish, but also the US Department of Justice for civil rights violation.
Prepare for heavy rainfall and the threat of storm surge and flooding in certain regions of the state due to Tropical Storm Beta, we understand that the threat of severe weather is even more of a risk in some areas at this time. We have started communication with our local partners as the storm approaches the state.
Frankly, we can not afford to loose sight of our testing, because it was about three weeks ago that our schools came back, we have had students back on our college campuses, and as you know it takes about two weeks after behavior changes to see if there is any changes in positivity, which will lead to more hospitalizations and deaths.
We are entering peak hurricane season, and it’s critically important for everyone – state, local, and federal officials – to be in constant communication and coordinating efforts, we know all too well how important it is for state and federal officials to share information when a storm is approaching, and this briefing was extremely helpful.
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