“There’s been a lot of discussion about medical surge with a stand-up facility
In a day, the number of Covid-19 cases in the state jumped by 510. Governor John Bel Edwards said, with that increase, the state is now in the process of creating its first stand-up facility.
“Yes, we are in the process of signing the necessary contracts to stage 1120 beds at the convention center.”
He said, the goal is to deliver the best possible health care to people in the state and that we could see those beds arrive soon.
“The first 120 beds will be ready by the end of this weekend with the rest coming online in the following week.”
Other cities will also follow that lead, increasing their capacities as the numbers rise.
“I want everyone to know that in addition to this capacity, we are surging capacity within our existing footprint of hospitals not just in the New Orleans region but around the state.”
As the plans move forward to stage the facility, Governor Edwards said, staffing could be an issue.
“There are obviously pros and cons to every option but the most important thing because one of the hardest things we’re going to have to solve is the staffing.”
While the plans focus on providing health care to more people with the virus, Gov. Edwards is once again, asking all residents to heed his words.
“Our future from where we are today with the curve that we are on is not promising.”