NEW ORLEANS (WXXV) — Louisiana’s governor says his orders closing many businesses and keeping people home ‘may well’ have to be extended past April 13.
Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke as the numbers of Louisiana residents sickened by and dying from COVID-19 continue to rise. He now predicts that ventilators could run out by April 4 and hospital beds could run out by April 10.
Emergency managers say that more than 100 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are being added to hospital facilities around the New Orleans area.
Meanwhile, the Morial Convention Center has been transformed into a temporary healthcare facility and will be opened later this week.
“We are analyzing this data every way it can be analyzed. As I stand here right now, I don’t have any reason to tell you that we have substantially flattened that curve.” Gov. Edwards said.