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LDH Chief Warns LA Covid Peak May Be Weeks Away

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Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

COVID SURGE CROWDS HOSPITALS — Dr. Joseph Kanter who heads the Louisiana Department of Health  says the peak of the state's latest coronavirus surge may be weeks away  which  could  be  a “catastrophic scenario”  for hospitals already overrun with COVID-19 patients.   During a conference  call updating  the  Louisiana Board of Regents,  he shared a story about hospitals having to turn away people with other life-threatening emergencies.

" . . . this patient had to bypass six hospitals to get to us with an acute massive heart attack," Dr. Joseph Kanter, Medical Director for Louisiana Department of Health

"I'm an ER doctor in off-times, I worked this past weekend in New Orleans and we accepted a transfer of an acute heart-attack patient and this patient had to bypass six hospitals to get to us with an acute massive heart attack," Kanter explained. 

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Dr. Joseph Kanter, Medical Director / Louisiana Department of Health

Officials around the state have been raising similar alarms,  urging people to get vaccinated and wear masks in public places.  More than 6,000 new  statewide  Covid infections  were reported Tuesday, with 93 more related deaths. Hospitalizations  set another daily record at 2,859.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.