NY sees glimmer of progress against Covid-19, New Orleans worsens

Elias Hubbard
March 28, 2020

NY state, leading the country in coronavirus infections and deaths, has begun showing tentative signs of slowing the spread of the disease, Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday, while the health crisis deepened in hard-hit New Orleans and elsewhere. New Orleans alone accounts for 997 of the cases and 46 of the deaths.

With the number of coronavirus cases in New Orleans multiplying rapidly, concern has been building that the city will become the next place to be overwhelmed by the pandemic.

New Orleans is quickly becoming a hotspot for the coronavirus, and the city's recent jam-packed Mardi Gras season could be the reason why, according to medical experts.

It is the city's trademark expression of joy - and an epidemiologist's nightmare. But New Orleans, where large crowds last month celebrated Mardi Gras, was on track to become the next USA epicenter, with the world's highest growth rate in coronavirus cases. "The greatest free party in the world was a ideal incubator at the flawless time". The state is third in the country in cases per capita, Edwards said. "The first case confirmed 13 days after Fat Tuesday (Feb. 25) and happened in New Orleans".

"We can not run the risk of overwhelming our capacity to meet the need for critical medical services", Edwards said.

Joshua Nelson is a freelance reporter for Fox News.

We asked Ben Riggs, the Communications Manager for Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins' Office, how Mayor Perkins approached Shreveport's Mardi Gras celebrations. "Then by mid-March or...early March, you just saw the people who were infected and are very severely ill".

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

While anyone is susceptible to contracting the virus, doctors in New Orleans have noted certain populations appear to be more likely to suffer the most dire complications: those with obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

COVID-19 infections spike in Louisiana; reaction and analysis from Dr. Robert Hart, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Ochsner Health on 'America's Newsroom'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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