Governor Edwards: We need to do better with social distancing, staying at home

Chris Miller
March 31, 2020 - 4:15 pm

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said the sharp rise in coronavirus cases and deaths since Monday shows Louisianans need to do a better job at staying home.

There have been 1,212 new cases reported, for a total of 5,237 cases statewide,” the governor said. “That is a 30 percent increase in our overall case count, and it’s by far the largest number of positive cases we have reported in any 24 hour period.”

“We have yet to see any evidence that we are beginning to flatten the curve,” said Edwards. “The order’s going to continue, and quite frankly compliance has to improve. We need to see better results.”

Edwards said the state remains on a path to overwhelm medical resources in less than a week. He has ordered the temporary hospital being set up at the Morial New Orleans Convention Center to increase to 2,000 beds.

Even with an addition 150 ventilators coming from the national stockpile, Edwards said the New Orleans region will surpass its ventilator capacity by April 5.

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