|June 1, 2020|
Louisiana shows favorable trendlines for COVID-19 but much data still concealed or inconsistent
Just as the state is reaching the next decision point about whether to reopen further, several key trendlines tracking COVID-19’s impact in Louisiana are showing favorable directions. PAR’s latest commentary, Decision Point, highlights several graphics of regions that are showing signs of improvement.
But not all is positive.The Monroe area continues to be afflicted with increasing cases and other unfavorable indicators. The Louisiana Department of Health continues to hold back critical data, particularly on the leading indicator of COVID-like illness reports.
“Due to reporting problems, some data is difficult to interpret, creating pockets of doubt about the real situation,” says PAR President Robert Travis Scott.
Louisiana as a whole and most of its regions are showing strong signs of improvement, and for that we should be relieved. However, this crisis is far from over and if we are to prevent or at least minimize potential flareups, the public should be able to see accurate trendlines and early warning signs based on reliable data.
Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1950. PAR’s mission is to be an independent voice, offering solutions to critical public issues in Louisiana through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on these solutions.