Coronavirus USA Live Updates: Death rate soars in New Orleans

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Coronavirus USA Live Updates: Death rate soars in New Orleans
Coronavirus USA Live Updates: Death rate soars in New Orleans

The number of known coronavirus cases in Louisiana jumped to 2,305 on Thursday, an increase of 510 cases from Wednesday, and a total of 83 deaths, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Nearly half of Louisiana’s cases — 997 — came from New Orleans.

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Throngs of revelers may have brought the coronavirus to New Orleans during Mardi Gras celebrations.

But the city’s poverty rate, lack of healthcare and affordable housing, coupled with high rates of residents with preexisting medical conditions, may be driving its explosive growth and could make it the next U.S. epicenter of the outbreak.

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The city reported Thursday that a 17-year-old teen died after contracting the virus, bringing the city’s coronavirus death tally to 46 — more than half of the state’s total death count.

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New Orleans Homeland Security Director Collin Arnold said hospital capacity in the New Orleans region is dwindling and the city will need additional hospital beds within weeks.

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