At Gov. Edwards daily news conference, he explained why Louisiana’s COVID-19 numbers are so high.
“Nobody should rest easy or even begin to think that we’ve tackled this problem because it is only going to get worse from here,” Edwards said.
Wednesday, Edwards stressed once again the importance of social distancing. To date, over 270 people have died from the virus in the state and Edwards says this is only the beginning.
“The next 30 days are going to be critical,” Edwards said.
Right now, Louisiana’s death rate is second per capita in the nation.
Edwards says Louisianans are more susceptible to the virus because many have chronic health conditions, like diabetes. Health officials say diabetes is one of those underlying health issues that can make COVID-19 fatal.
He says Louisiana’s outcome could be similar to Italy if we don’t flatten the curve quickly.
“We can control whether we’re going to have fewer deaths or more and I hope everyone takes this very very seriously,” Edwards said.
The state received 150 new ventilators but is still on track to reach capacity in New Orleans as early as Monday.
As for small businesses, a new loan program is coming to the state. It will provide loans of up to $100k to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
“We will emphasize providing loans quickly to mainstream rural businesses across Louisiana,” Edwards said. “There’s no interest applied.”
Edwards says he thinks it will be a long time before the state is back to normal and everyone should continue to do what they can to flatten the curve.