LAFAYETTE, LA(KADN)- Louisiana has been declared a “state of concern” by the United States White House because of the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases and insufficient vaccination rates.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the state is now in the fourth surge of the coronavirus due to the rapid spread of the delta variant.
Gov. John Bel Edwards recommends that all Louisianians, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, go back to wearing masks indoors. Some members of Acadiana don’t think it’s the best solution to get cases back down.
“The mask didn't seem to accomplish the goal that they were trying to accomplish,” Lindon Godeau said.
Another local said that she previously had the coronavirus and she doesn’t fear possibly contracting the virus again.
“I definitely had it pretty easy, it was just like a really bad cold. It's not that I'm not worried about getting it, I just kind of, if it's going to happen it's going to happen,” Madison Tauzin said.
Some locals believe that not only does the mask mandate need to be reinstated, but officials should make the call to return to shut down.
“I do feel like he should mandate us to go back, not to so much quarantining but at least shutting things down to where it's not so much of a capacity so we can try to avoid the virus at all times,” Taylah Leday said.
One local said that she still chooses to wear a mask although it’s not required in Lafayette Parish.
“My husband is a type one diabetic is also a heart patient. And he has other health issues and I know that he's really highly susceptible,” Melissa Benoit.
Another local said that the only way the economy will stay afloat during the pandemic is if everyone wears masks.
“If we truly want to keep businesses open because we know what happened the first time around when all those small businesses had to close. If having a mask on, which could potentially keep some businesses open, well that's what we're going to need to do,” David Monk said.
According to the DOH, this guidance from the Governor will remain in place until Louisiana is out of its fourth surge.