Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana asked people in his state to fast and pray for three days, from July 20 to July 22, to bring an end to COVID-19.
“… [We will be] praying for the people of Louisiana, praying for those who are sick, praying for those who care for those…who are sick, and certainly praying for the families of those who have passed on,” he said. “So if you’re inclined, please join me and the first lady and faith leaders of Louisiana, regardless of your denomination or your religion, and we would ask that you join us in prayerful reflection and fasting,” he added.
Many applauded Edwards calling for unity, including Democrats.
“Sincere salute to Democrat @LouisianaGov John Bel Edwards who has called for 3 days of prayer and fasting next week for the Covid 19 virus. #gratitude #Respect,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, tweeted.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans issued a statement in support of Edwards “inviting us to prayer and fasting.”
The Louisiana Department of Health announced Monday 3,187 more Coronavirus cases, 29 more deaths and 39 more hospitalizations. A total of 84,892 cases were confirmed and at least 3,462 deaths, Fox News reported.