Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging residents to act now and avoid a possible “worst case scenario”

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“My top priority for the state of Louisiana has to do with rapidly increasing our medical and healthcare surge capacity”

Throughout the state, the number of Covid-19 cases are rapidly changing. 

“Minimizing the rate at which coronavirus is speeding across Louisiana. This has been our goal since day number one” said Governor John Bel Edwards. 

He said, if the path the state is currently on continues, if could end disastrous

“We were able to determine that under a worst-case scenario, the coronavirus spread and its impact could begin to outpace our health care capacity.”

At Thursday’s news conference. The governor called on industrial entities asking them to join in the fight against what he’s calling an invisible enemy.

“I’m asking you to be generous in donating those masks to the state of Louisiana here in the short term until we can get the normal PPE stockpiles that we need in order to meet this demand.”

As the demand for health care grows, so does the demand for supplies to treat those patients.

“The situation with ventilators is particularly challenging because of an individual is hospitalized because of the coronavirus there is a very good chance that that individual is going to need to be placed on a ventilator.”

Gov. Edwards said it’s stressing to see the cases rise but it is helpful and gives a better idea of what they’re dealing with.

“Obviously we have an urgent need to increase our medical capacity because that’s the only part of the equation we are somewhat in control of.”

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