8th member of Gov. Edwards’ staff tests positive for COVID-19

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards holds up his own mask, taken off while he was speaking, to remind Louisiana residents that a highly effective thing within their power to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to simply wear a mask, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at a press conference update on the state’s COVID-19 situation at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge, La. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office is reporting that another member of their staff has tested positive for the coronavirus.

This makes eight staffers in the governor’s office who have contracted COVID-19, just in the last 30 days.

On July 30, the governor’s office announced two staff members tested positive. Since that day, six more have had the same diagnosis.

The Office of the Governor released this statement with details below:

The employee has been working offsite, and no other employees were exposed. The employee is at home in isolation, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Health.

The Governor’s office has a high rate of fully vaccinated staff and practices all CDC and LDH-recommended COVID mitigation measures, including indoor masking, quarantine and isolation, and COVID testing after exposure.

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