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Governor John Bel Edwards speaks during a press conference on the current state of the spread of coronavirus in Louisiana, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a 2:30 p.m. news conference Saturday to "make an announcement about Louisiana’s response to COVID-19."

A spokesperson for the governor followed up by labeling the announcement as "very important."

UpdateEdwards has officially announced a mask mandate and the closure of bars

For the second day in a row Saturday, Louisiana reported more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases statewide. Those totals are accompanied by rising numbers of deaths and hospitalizations.

You can watch the governor's news conference below.

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