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State Official: Wear Masks, Go Online As Virus Cases Rise

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The commissioner of Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles is encouraging people who come into OMV facilities to use masks as the state reports a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Karen St. Germain says in a news release that masks aren't required but mask-wearing is encouraged. And, she says, the offices are enforcing social distancing protocols. St. Germain also is encouraging people to look into using the OMV's online services at State officials last week expressed concerns about a new surge in cases of the coronavirus illness, primarily among the unvaccinated.