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New Orleans' Stay-At-Home Order Is Extended Until May 16

Ben Depp
Businesses are boarded up on Frenchman Street, Tuesday afternoon. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 14, 2020.

New Orleans is staying at home for another month.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed what first reported through court records Wednesday: The stay-at-home order will be extended through May 16.

The proclamation the mayor filed with the Civil District Court today continues the proclamation filed on March 16 prohibiting large gatherings.

The order can be lifted at any time, should circumstances change, a press release from the mayor's office notes.

You can read the proclamation here.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there are 5,769 known cases of COVID-19 in Orleans Parish and 287 people have died.

Neighboring Jefferson Parish has been hit nearly as hard, with 5,265 known cases and 247 deaths.

There are 21,951 known cases across Louisiana and 1,103 people have died.

On Tuesday, Cantrell said events like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Festival and French Quarter Festival, should hold off until next year. On Wednesday morning, Essence Fest organizers heeded that advice an canceled their 2020 event, originally rescheduled for the fall.

Ashley Dean is the digital news editor for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was the editor of Denverite, a digital news startup now under the Colorado Public Radio umbrella. Prior to that she was a copy editor and features writer at the Denver Post, and before that, a music reporter for the Colorado Daily. She graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in journalism and from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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