Dr. Rebekah Gee: ‘Louisiana set to become epicenter of Covid 19 epidemic in part because of Mardi Gras’

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(KLFY) Louisiana is set to become an epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in part because of Mardi Gras, according to Dr. Rebekah Gee, CEO of the states flagship university health system.

“In New Orleans alone, there were 1.4 million visitors who came to the city for Mardi Gras and at that time we didn’t know the virus was circulating.”

In an interview with CBS News David Begnaud, Gee talks about how the New Orleans region remains the virus epicenter in Louisiana, and warned of forthcoming problems with a surge in coronavirus cases as testing capacity grows statewide.

“Mardi Gras is a time when we have a lot of festivals, a lot of togetherness–people on floats throwing beads that people catch that could have caught the virus just from the beads.”

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