Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards said at a news conference on Thursday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases throughout the state has surged. He also warned that New Orleans might run out of key medical supplies by the beginning of April if the state does not begin to flatten its curves.
According to Edwards, at least 2,305 COVID-19-positive cases and 83 deaths have occurred in Louisiana as of Thursday. Eighteen of these have been reported since Wednesday. Edwards said the 17-year-old from New Orleans is dead, calling it “very disturbing information.”
The virus strongly supports states, especially New Orleans. Authorities estimate that New Orleans could run out of life-saving ventilators by the first week of April. Edwards repeats the warning on Thursday, and if the state does not flatten the curve immediately, the city could run out of ventilation as early as April 2 and hospital beds could run out by April 7 There is said.
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“It’s not a guess, it’s not some fuzzy theory, this is not a scary tactic, this is what happens,” he said.
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But on Thursday, Governor Edwards stressed that coronavirus cases were spread throughout the state. He said the incident was confirmed in most of the state’s parishes, as well as in metropolitan areas.
“No one should look at this situation and consider this to be irrelevant to me … this coronavirus is in your neighborhood,” Edwards said. “No locations have not been detected. Some locations have not been detected yet.”
The governor urged people to comply with social distance guidelines and restrict travel on food and other important items. “Everything you have to do to save your life is at home,” he said.
In his daily press briefing on Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that Louisiana was a “hot spot” for the virus. In New York, 37,258 cases of coronavirus have been identified. This is by far the largest number in any state, but New York has the most tests in any state.
“A cluster is growing in [Louisiana], and the people of Louisiana and New Orleans are in our thoughts and prayers,” Cuomo said. “We know what they are experiencing. We feel for them, we are praying for them. We are dealing with the same kind of situation We know the difficulties they are having, so we will do our best to them. We can help them anyway and we are ready. “
Edwards said that Louisiana’s healthcare system could not cope with the surge of cases predicted to be out of social distance.
“If you don’t bend a curve, you can’t increase your [medical] ability to meet your needs. We can’t,” he said.
“If people aren’t serious about these mitigations, seeing you coming out of Italy is no reason not to happen here in Louisiana,” he added.
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