Last night, President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Louisiana in response to the Governor’s request. This essentially approves additional federal aid to Louisiana, allowing the federal government to reimburse our state and local governments for costs associated with the coronavirus epidemic.
“I want to thank President Trump for his quick action on my request for a major disaster declaration for Louisiana. Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, we have overwhelmed our stocks of key resources and supplies for hospitals, first responders and emergency managers. This declaration should allow for additional resources from the federal government and provide us with more tools and equipment to treat the sick and increase our hospital capacity,” Gov. Edwards said. “We have taken aggressive mitigation measures to flatten our curve, and this Major Disaster Declaration will help us further combat COVID-19 in Louisiana. I am very appreciative of the President’s quick approval of Louisiana’s request, and the federal government’s support throughout our response. And I appreciate our Congressional delegation’s help in securing this declaration.”
Louisiana is the fourth state to receive the major disaster designation.