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March 16, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards Press Conferences



Genre: News conference

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-03-16

Duration: 00:48:09

Subjects: Edwards, John Bel | Billioux, Alexander | Public health | COVID-19 pandemic | Coronaviruses


  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Billioux, Alex Speaker
  • O'Neal, Catherine Speaker


This press conference from March 16, 2020, features Governor John Bel Edwards, discussing the state's ongoing response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. He announces his executive order: prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people; limiting restaurants to take-out, drive-thru, or delivery service; and closing casinos, bars, movie theaters, and gyms. It also includes comments by Dr. Alex Billioux, the assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health at the Louisiana Department of Health, and Dr. Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge.