Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said all community drive-through testing sites have been closed for the rest of this week because of Hurricane Laura.

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A nurse holds a swabs-and-test-tube kit to test people for COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus.

Edwards said that will eventually present temporary challenges in measuring the trajectory of the virus.

“We’re going to be blind this week when it comes to data,” he said.

The state reported 550 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday as hospitalizations continued to decrease.

Louisiana’s Department of Health has reported 144,116 total cases since the first COVID infection was confirmed in the state in March.

The state reported nine fewer hospitalizations Tuesday for a total of 930, while 11 fewer patients needed ventilators for a total of 141.

Thirty-three more deaths were reported for a total of 4,656.

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.

This article originally appeared on Monroe News-Star: Louisiana COVID-19 drive-through testing sites closed as Hurricane Laura approaches

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