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More La. COVID-19 Patients At Higher Mortality Risk

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LA COVID-19 DEATHS -  Louisiana  coronavirus  patients are more likely to die from the infection than those with COVID-19 in almost every other state.  That’s according to recent health statistics that  show  the  state  has  the  second highest per capita death rate overall  behind New York.    During his COVID-19 Update press conference yesterday -- Gov. John Bel Edwards said a contributing factor  is  that  Louisiana  has  more chronic health conditions  per-capita than most states. 

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NO SHUT-OFFS - The Texas Public Utility Commission is barring providers from shutting off power and water services to residents who have lost jobs or income because of the coronavirus outbreak. Commissioner Arthur  D'Andrea said why the measure is critical.

"People have been ordered not to work by the government so I think it is the government's responsibility to make sure they at least have lights and water while they're sitting home under government order." 

The Texas Public Utility Commission voted last 

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GOV EDWARDS COVID-19 UPDATE-  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell  held  a joint press conference from the Morial Convention Center yesterday afternoon.  Edwards  said more than 1,000 hospital beds will be ready within a week for patients recovering from the Covid-19 illness who won’t require intensive care resources.   With the rise in COVID-19 infections,  Edwards stressed  that  the projection  models  indicate  Louisiana  will  need more  ventilators  to  meet  the  expected demand  in  the  weeks  ahead.