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Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday discussed the state's response to COVID-19.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to address the state's mask mandate at a press conference Tuesday afternoon ahead of the mandates' expiration Wednesday.

The current mask mandate was initially issued on Aug. 4 , while the highly contagious delta variant spread throughout Louisiana. Gov. Edwards then extended that mandate until Sept. 29 before extending it again to the end of October.

UPDATE: Gov. John Bel Edwards lifts Louisiana mask mandate, except for certain K-12 schools

The mask mandate was extended on Sept. 28 when the state began to see a decrease in the number of new COVID-19. The latest extension is set to expire on Oct. 27.

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Staff writers Catherine Zeilman and Emma Discher contributed to this article.

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