Louisiana appears set to face a double whammy of coronavirus outbreaks.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="At the beginning of April, as many of its neighbors reported relatively low caseloads, New Orleans and the surrounding areas saw a spike including over 2,700 new cases on April 2 alone.” data-reactid=”17″>At the beginning of April, as many of its neighbors reported relatively low caseloads, New Orleans and the surrounding areas saw a spike including over 2,700 new cases on April 2 alone.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Now, Louisiana is seeing another surge, though smaller for now. The state reported 1,300 new cases on June 23, while looking at neighbors like Texas and Arkansas which are setting record highs daily.” data-reactid=”18″>Now, Louisiana is seeing another surge, though smaller for now. The state reported 1,300 new cases on June 23, while looking at neighbors like Texas and Arkansas which are setting record highs daily.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As of June 25, the state had 52,477 cases in total. “That's 52- or 53,000 cases too many, of course, but we are a state of 4.6 million people,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) in an interview with Yahoo Finance’s On the Move.” data-reactid=”19″>As of June 25, the state had 52,477 cases in total. “That’s 52- or 53,000 cases too many, of course, but we are a state of 4.6 million people,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) in an interview with Yahoo Finance’s On the Move.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) uses hand santitizer prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Justin Walker to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/PoolU.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) uses hand santitizer prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Justin Walker to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool
Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) prior to a Senate hearing in May. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool)

“I think once we opened the economy back up, it was predictable we would have additional cases,” he added. 

Kennedy has long made the case that an economic reopening needs to be accomplished first and foremost. “It’s no longer a debate between safe or soon,” he said of balancing safety and the economy in a May 17 Fox interview. “The only thing that’s going to get us out of this is the American people and the American private sector.”

In his interview this week, Kennedy focused on taking precautions instead during a re-opening like wearing masks, social distancing, and protecting seniors. “Wash the hell out of your hands for God’s sake,” he said.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The caution came amid a reported spike in coronavirus infections in Texas (one of Louisiana’s neighbors) this week. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a “temporary pause” on its reopening process, but he said that “the last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses.”” data-reactid=”34″>The caution came amid a reported spike in coronavirus infections in Texas (one of Louisiana’s neighbors) this week. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a “temporary pause” on its reopening process, but he said that “the last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses.”

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) takes off his mask as he speaks to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (not pictured) before a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing for Justin Reed Walker to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 6, 2020. Caroline Brehman/Pool via REUTERSSen. John Kennedy (R-LA) takes off his mask as he speaks to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (not pictured) before a Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing for Justin Reed Walker to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 6, 2020. Caroline Brehman/Pool via REUTERS
Senator Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 2016. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via REUTERS)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kennedy, echoing President Trump, also said many of the new cases emerging are the result of more testing. But unlike Trump, who recently said at a rally he told his people to slow down the testing, Kennedy said more testing is needed.” data-reactid=”46″>Kennedy, echoing President Trump, also said many of the new cases emerging are the result of more testing. But unlike Trump, who recently said at a rally he told his people to slow down the testing, Kennedy said more testing is needed.

“That’s been demonstrated” as effective, he said, “not just in our country but others as well.”

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