Edwards Worried About Hospital Capacity With Omicron

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is worried about hospital capacity due to the Omicron variant, telling reporters today things will probably get worse before they get better while noting around 90% of new COVID cases in Louisiana are coming from the omicron variant.

The governor wants people to be careful when they celebrate New Year's Eve suggesting smaller, family celebrations are best.

Edwards says those who haven't gotten the vaccine really should.

Louisiana is also starting to run low on rapid result COVID tests, state epidemiologist Theresa Sokol said during the virtual press conference.

Sokol noted there are plenty of PCR tests available which return results within 24 hours.

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