Tourism leaders: New Orleans losing $125 million a week in tourism revenue

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States reached record highs for the second day in a row, according to Johns Hopkins University.

It tracked more than 193,000 new cases on Friday alone, breaking the new case record set just one day earlier when nearly 188,000 cases were reported Thursday.

Hospitalizations are also rising fast, with 19% more coronavirus patients being treated in the hospital this week than last week, according to national data.

Governor John Bel Edwards said this third spike has reached Louisiana. As of Friday, The Louisiana Department of Health reported more than 207,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 5,900 deaths statewide.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, tourism revenue keeps dropping.

New Orleans Hospitality Safe just launched as a way to revive the local economy by connecting hospitality businesses, workers and guests with ways to reopen — even during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s connecting those in the business with the latest information on guidelines and coronavirus precautions, according to founder Joey Worley.

“We’re also trying to demonstrate that live events are safe to attend — that it’s safe to go to a restaurant; it’s OK to go to a hotel; it’s OK to do some of the things that we used to do quite often, as long as we follow the right protocols,” Worley said. “Wearing a mask, staying away from one another, staying away from big crowds — as long as we do these things, we can still enjoy our life. We can still have the things that we like to have, especially here in New Orleans.”

New Orleans and Company estimates the area is losing about $125 million dollars a week in tourism revenue. In 2019, it said visitors to metro New Orleans reportedly spent $10.5 billion.

READ MORE:Tourism leaders: New Orleans losing $125 million a week in tourism revenue

CHECK OUT WDSU:Get all the New Orleans news you need. With the latest New Orleans weather, sports and stories from around the state, WDSU is your news leader.