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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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FIRST RESPONDERS - A big concern among medical staff, first responders and those who work in Law Enforcement is exposure to the Coronavirus.  And yesterday afternoon Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator announced that some Sheriff Department staff have tested positive.  

“We’ve had a total of five that work for the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office that have come back positive,” Prator said.

Sheriff Prator explained that precautions have  been taken to  contact  anyone  who  may  have come in  contact  with  those  who tested  positive.

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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." 

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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. 

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EVERYONE IS AFFECTED - The rapid infection  rate of  COVID-19 in Louisiana has state and local health officials concerned as recent studies indicate a possibility that the surge of illness could overwhelm healthcare resources, especially in and around the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.  Governor John Bel Edwards revealed yesterday that a 17 year old New Orleans resident became the second U.S.

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OVERNIGHT SPIKE - Governor John Bel Edwards has said the rapid growth of Coronavirus cases in Louisiana is very alarming as Wednesday marked the biggest one-day spike in cases and deaths in the state.   During his press conference yesterday,  Edwards explained this is a rapidly escalating public health emergency and that the critical shortage of ventilators is a major concern.

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LANDLORDS HELP- It would be nothing short of understatement to say the Coronavirus Pandemic has been a major disruption in people’s lives.  Everyone has been affected in some way.  And with business closures, even if temporary, it will have a real impact, especially for those employed in the foodservice industry, like waiters and bartenders.  These wage earners now find themselves without a steady paycheck due to the emergency orders for people to stay at home. Many businesses like restaurants are closed.

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STAY-AT-HOME ORDER   The “Stay-at-Home” Emergency Order issued by  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards went into effect yesterday at 5pm.  The order was issued as means to get people to comply with physical or social distancing and avoid large groups of 10 or more.  The order means many businesses and offices have closed temporarily.  Some Businesses allowed to stay open include:  grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare and mental health services, restaurants with delivery or take-out orders only. 

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LOUISIANIAN'S ORDERED TO  STAY AT HOME - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a “Stay At Home” order late Sunday afternoon,   During his press conference, Edwards explained the number of cases of Covid-19 detected in Louisiana have been increasing week-to-week.

"Two weeks ago today there were zero confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Louisiana," Edwards explained. "One week ago last Sunday morning we had 91 confirmed cases, as of this morning we now have 837 confirmed cases and 20 deaths."

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UNION COUNTY  ARK. COVID-19    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson held a press conference yesterday, the purpose of which was to give an update on the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the state. Hutchinson pointed out that while this number was a jump in Coronavirus cases in Arkansas,  the results were reflective of an increase in testing that has been going on in the state.  

"Yesterday, I reported that we had 118 cases in Arkansas, today we have 165 positive test results," Hutchinson explained.