By C.C. Campbell-Rock

An uptick in coronavirus spread across Louisiana in late June caused Governor John Bel Edwards to cancel the move to Phase 3 of reopening the state. When Edwards made the announcement around June 22, Louisiana had about 50,000 coronavirus cases, 3,000 deaths, and the hospitalization rate was increasing.

 Mayor LaToya Cantrell moved New Orleans into the Phase Two reopening guidelines more than a month ago. Following CDC recommendations, the city’s “Safer at Home,” phase called for residents to continue to stay home except for essential needs and other permitted activities; masks were mandatory for everyone, frequent handwashing and disinfecting surfaces, and social distancing guidelines had to be followed. The city was offering testing to anyone who asked and approximately 150 tests were conducted daily.

However, most recently, Louisiana found itself in the Yellow Zone of the Federal Coronavirus Task Force, which deemed the state #1 in the country for the most COVID-19 cases per capita.

A look at the numbers show that the state, which had been flattening the curve is now seeing a spike in coronavirus cases.  . Over a one-month period, the number of cases statewide has more than doubled to  116,280, with 3, 835 deaths, 1,524 hospitalized, and 205 people on ventilators.

Local Parishes Lead in Cases and Deaths

Orleans Parish had the most deaths in the state, 560, with the majority, 417, being black residents and 10,204 cases,  Jefferson Parish had the most cases statewide at 13,872, but slightly trailed New Orleans with 510 deaths.

People not adhering to the guidelines and inadequate testing are responsible for the spike in cases. Since testing began in Orleans Parish, the city has tested about 31% of the parish’s 391,006 residents. The city has also struggled to get an adequate amount of testing supplies and PPE (personal protective equipment).

Known for being a tough and no-nonsense leader, Cantrell put her foot down when she recently announced new restrictions to curb the community spread of COVID-19.

“There has been an almost doubling of the daily average cases to approximately twice the threshold of 50 cases a day. There’s been an increase in the positivity rate from 2-3 percent to over 6 percent. There also has been a more than doubling of the COVID-19 positive hospitalization rates with overall saturation of the local healthcare system, as well as increased overflow burden from the rest of the state and Mississippi. This is a clear indication that the city has returned to widespread community transmission,” a release from the Mayor noted.

Mayor Cantrell Taking All Precautions

Cantrell’s new restrictions ban the sale of alcohol by bars and restaurants. “We understand the impact this is having on our bar community. Moving into Phase Two, we were very much focused on our economy and those industries that make up that community. Unfortunately, we have seen the negative impact that has had on the City of New Orleans,” said Mayor Cantrell. “What happens next depends on what we do right now.”

Speaking to the concerns around reopening schools, Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director, New Orleans Health Department, said, “Our primary goal at this point in the pandemic is to suppress the virus so that we can safely send kids back to school. And looking at the trends in new cases — many of which continue to be linked to social gatherings and bars — we do not believe we will get there under the current restrictions,” she said.

Council Member Kristin Palmer: Citizens First

District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who represents the French Quarter, added, “Mayor Cantrell has taken courageous steps today to protect the citizens of New Orleans. Her bold actions will save lives, and I, too, am asking bars and businesses to adhere to the regulations to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in our city. I support Mayor Cantrell’s decision to prohibit the takeout of alcoholic beverages, especially after seeing recent photos from Bourbon Street showing crowds of people in close proximity…We have to put the health of our citizens first.”

Other Phase 2 guidelines remain the same.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 individuals; outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 individuals; and all gathering participants must wear masks and practice social distancing.

Dr. Avegno also announced that the federal government is sending surge testing resources to New Orleans. These resources will allow the City to significantly increase the number of daily tests.

Testing is open to everyone, there is no ID or health insurance required and no appointment is needed. Check for Walk-up and Mobile testing sites and dates near you:

New Orleans Resources

The New Orleans Health Department has partnered with LCMC Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, CORE Response, and Ochsner Health, to offer free, walk-up COVID-19 testing in hard-hit New Orleans neighborhoods. Results are expected to be online or delivered within two to three days by calling 3-1-1. Testing is also available at many healthcare facilities, hospitals, and clinics in New Orleans. Some facilities have their own criteria for who is eligible for a test, so we suggest you call first.

Healthcare facilities offering testing in New Orleans include:

Crescent Care (M-F 9am – 2pm)

1631 Elysian Fields Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70117

Testing everyone, regardless of symptoms

Both insured and uninsured are welcome.

DePaul Community Health Centers

See 10 locations.

LCMC Health Urgent Care – Lakeview

826 Harrison Ave, Ste. A

New Orleans, LA 70124

If you have questions about COVID-19 and don’t have a PCP.  Call a 24 hour Nurse’s Hotline at: (504) 962-6202 for LCMC. (800) 231-5257 for Ochsner.

Pre-registration is available but is not required. Individuals who pre-register at will be directed to an express lane; those who do not pre-register will be directed to the regular lane where they can relay contact and health information to staff. Pre-registration systems will ask individuals to complete an “assessment” with health information.

Business Friendly

Understanding the impact of the regulations on the city’s businesses, Cantrell has launched new  programs to keep them up and running within the guidelines.

Her administration is offering individual grants up to $6,000 to local restaurants and other businesses to add to or expand outside dining. The program will begin with piloting curbside dining and parklets in five to seven commercial corridors over the coming month, and then the program will expand citywide.

The City is also launching a virtual BuildNOLA Small Business Training Program in partnership with Delgado Community College and other local and regional partners. Registration is open and  will continue through Aug. 24, 2020. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can register at

State and local officials have not yet announced a date for Phase 3, which rolls back most restrictions.  However, until then both the state and the city have mandated that masks must be worn in public.

“We have created a Task Force to ensure compliance. It’s necessary for our safety. Many are not following guidelines. We don’t want to go backwards. The Task Force will be going the extra mile aid in enforcement.” Mayor Cantrell said at a press conference. Masks will be handed out to those without them

Cantrell is also asking for the community’s help. “Anyone who sees a large unmasked gathering is asked to call 311. The City has and will shut down businesses who continue to be out of compliance. There will be accountability. There must be for the safety of the community.”

To get the latest information on local Coronavirus stats, visit:

To get the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information for states and counties, visit:

3 thoughts on “N.O. MAYOR AIN’T PLAYING!”
  1. The Biden Deception pales in comparison to whose et al?

    LBRC- Sanctioned Deception has taken hold of Negro Sheep in 2020! Who??? 

    1. Since this website advocates thinking, let’s challenge the debt of yours. Have you fallen victim to the “The Herb Echo Chamber” and Deception? 

    a. 1st a simple Thought Experiment we believe clearly illustrates our point- The vote was  Christ or Barabus. Pilot asked the people to vote, because he found no fault with The Man (Also motivated by a dream his wife had). How did the people vote? Now Think about what we heard a 2020 Apostate at WBOK Radio said aka “The name of the game  is to win. When you don’t win, what’s the point of running”? This individual “Professes” to be a “Reverend”? Does he have a criminal record aka is “Blameless”? Just ‘asking…

    b. Surely, if Christ played the game of “Deceit” and Deception in order to win against Barabus, it would have started long ago with Sagisee and Pharisee and others who clearly knew how to win against “The Ignorant Masses”, especially in “Dens of Thieves” tailored for ‘Stuntun and Deception Artist like Apostates and Politicos, the Herod ilk! Scripture reminds us ‘Dat even when persecuted for the “Truth, Righteousness” aka Anti Deception- “You can’t lose”, regardless how the world views victory. Those who advocate for Deceit in order to win are no less Satan’s own!!! Still doubt it? Still unclear?

    2. As studied “Political Scientist, as well numerous other “Certifications”, we know apart from “The Mandela Affect”- “Politics is a shrewd and cunning craft” as opposed to just “Simple Truth”! Apostates, Deceptive Politics, current and so- called former others push narratives ‘Dat “Sanction” Deception in the name of getting to a place to so- call help people. However, what does the record say about what happens when “they” so- call win? How many you “Know” have been indicted and even awarded “Prison Time” for Malfeasance, Theft, Bribery, lying under oath, Intimidation and worse? Again, don’t get it twisted- Scripture admonishes us about Priest sworn to enter behind “The Holy Vail” who were admonished to cleanse themselves prior to entrance (A Prescribed Holy Procedure)! Some “Deceived” people, thinking The Most High as well.

    Long Story short- 

    This is why ropes and bells were tied around the ankles of Priest who entered unclean. When the others stopped hearing the sound of bells, they knew the Deception had failed and it was time to pull on those ropes in order to get the body out! Negro Preacher and other Apostates with “Criminal Records”? Read and comprehend this. To those of us who Discern, you are an easy call! Further we offer up this to Deception Advocates aka Preacher Apostates and Satan’s “Minnie Me’s”! Scripture says this”- 

    This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

    Numbers 18:7- Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for every thing of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

    1 Peter 2:25 

    For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. For a bishop must be “blameless”, as the steward of God; “not selfwilled”, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, “not given to filthy lucre”;

    1 Timothy 3:2 

    A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good “behavior”, given to hospitality, apt to teach;/end/

    3. So- called Political Consultants, wannabes, experts alongside their 2020 Preacher/Bishop Apostates are telling you Christ lost against Barabus because He failed to play to win! This is exactly why Scripture tells us to “Always” stand for the truth regardless of what the world says is “The Winning Strategy”! Those who advocate “Deception” in order to win expose their true Satanic Nature! Those of us who are Anti Deceit can’t lose! Satan’s Minni- Me’s otherwise! Sometimes the “Honest” are ordained to run in order to provide a “Clear Choice”, just as with Christ vs. Barabus! How many Apostates and Politicos are “Blameless” when they earn Criminal Records? Remember, Paul was granted “Divine Grace following a Divine Call aka The Most High chose “1” Paul! Are you so lucky when “He” chooses which goat or who “He Will”?  This so- called “Reverend” lot belongs in the pews with their cohort Politicos, not on top or even near “Sacred” Altars! Otherwise, they figuratively have bells and ropes about their ankles The Most High has promised them, this time, a Divine Tug, straight into The Pits of Hell “Across a Great Gulf Fixed”!!! You’ve cause legions to stumble via your Deception  Practices! You are given over to and now deceive self!!!

    Abba Father…

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