NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A staffer in the press office of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has tested positive for COVID-19.

Edwards' office said Thursday that about a dozen staffers are now in self-quarantine. Edwards himself is not in isolation. Epidemiologists determined he wasn’t at risk because he had not been in close contact with the staffer. Louisiana continues to see a surge in coronavirus cases.

The state health department’s daily report showed nearly 1,400 newly reported cases. And the number of people hospitalized with the disease rose to 840. That's the highest it’s been since late March, when the state was a national hot spot for the virus.

(Story written by By KEVIN McGILL and MELINDA DESLATTE/AP)