Wednesday the Louisiana Department of Health reported over 400 new COVID-19 cases in the state and 19 more deaths.
That’s the most the numbers have spiked in 24 hours since testing began.
“This is a rapidly evolving public health emergency,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “This is real and our state and everyone in it needs to take it very seriously.”
According to the department of health, 48 of the 64 parishes in the state have coronavirus.
Governor Edwards says though the statistics don’t indicate it yet, the coronavirus is most likely in every parish throughout Louisiana.
“I can assure the public that COVID-19 is present in every single parish across the state,” Edwards said. “Nobody should look at that map and think ‘oh I live in one of the parishes that still showing 0.’”
The rapid spread of the virus is creating a shortage of medical supplies. Edwards says he’s doing everything he can to get more.
“Our ventilator compacity is far from ok in Louisiana,” the governor said. “The problem isn’t that the cases are growing every day, it’s that they’re growing rapidly every day and this alarming growth has a devasting fast impact on our resources and the ability to take care of people.”
The state has requested 2,000 ventilators and the CEO of Apple is pledging to donate 100,000 N-95 masks to Louisiana’s hospitals.
“We hope to have them in our state and in our warehouse very quickly,” Edwards said.
Edwards is urging everyone to continue taking the necessary precautions and to be good neighbors.