The surge in cases comes weeks after Mardi Gras celebrations in the city.March 30, 2020, 5:20 PM6 min read New Orleans has become a hot spot for the novel coronavirus in the U.S. just one month after its Mardi Gras celebrations drew over a million people to the streets to celebrate. “We understood, once COVID arrived, why it came when it did,” Dr. Susan Gunn, who works in pulmonology and critical care at Ochsner Hospital, told ABC News. “Now, college kids are back from spring break, which may cause another spike.” New Orleans had at least 1,480 cases of COVID-19 and 86 deaths by Monday afternoon, and the numbers are climbing by the minute. A city built on nightlife, food and music is now shuttered. Gunn says it’s for the best. “The streets of New Orleans are empty. We’re doing a good job with social distancing,” she said. Gunn added that she’s more concerned for people who’ve tested positive for the virus and must live at home with others. “If those COVID-positive patients are quarantining themselves at home and are truly self-isolating in a room, coming into contact with no one, we may have a chance to flatten or lessen

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