Watch: Governor Edwards says ‘We are headed in the wrong direction’ in latest COVID-19 update


BATON ROUGE, La, (WGNO) — On Friday, August 13, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference regarding the ongoing fourth surge of COVID-19.

In the conference, Edwards reported that 2,907 COVID -19 patients are currently in the hospital. He said that is an all-time high for the state.

“We have the highest growth rate in the country right now.” He said we are rapidly approaching the breaking point.

The Governor urged Louisiana residents to continue getting vaccinated, “There is nothing that prevents the next variant from being worse,” said Edwards.

“We have to slow transmission and increase vaccinations.”

At the conference, he also announced the $1 million grand prize cash winner and the last five $100,000 scholarship winners of the Shot At A Million COVID-19 campaign.

The $1,000,000 grand prize winner is Janet Mann who is 63 and a retired school teacher from Bossier City.

The final $100,000 scholarship winners are:

  • Emily Guillet, 13, of Baton Rouge
  • Gavin Harrington, 13, of Rosedale
  • MacKenzie Rigdon, 15, of Metairie
  • Emma Fisackerly, 16, of New Orleans
  • Jackson Page, 17, of New Orleans

After announcing the winners of the campaign, Edwards introduced a brand-new vaccine reward program called “Shot for $100.” The first 75,000 college students who get vaccinated at participating institutions of higher education will receive a 100-dollar visa card.

According to the Office of the Governor, 18 to 29-year-olds are one of the two least vaccinated age groups in Louisiana and are reporting the most cases statewide. All institutions of higher education will be eligible to participate, including universities, community, and technical colleges, and private institutions.

How Shot For 100 will work

Because Shot For 100 will be led by individual campuses, the program may look different from institution to institution, and students should expect to hear more from their school in the coming days. 

At participating colleges and universities, students will be given a deactivated Visa card upon vaccination. After registering online at that card will be loaded with $100. 

To learn more about this new program, visit or call Louisiana’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774. In addition to learning more about Shot For 100, the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline can answer questions about the vaccines and connect callers to medical professionals.

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