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Cantrell To Announce Plans To Fight Virus Surge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are set to announce plans to address a sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the city. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the city's top health official, Dr. Jennifer Avegno, were expected to make an announcement Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, a city spokesman said “all options are on the table." The seven-day average of new cases reported daily in New Orleans has jumped to 99, up from 11 two weeks ago. Spokesman Beau Tidwell said Tuesday that vaccinations are the key to stopping the spread, which is fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.