(CNN)As Louisiana sees its coronavirus cases climb — and state health experts are monitoring “clusters” at six nursing homes — New Orleans is facing critical shortages of ventilators and protective equipment, an official said Thursday. “This is going to be the disaster that defines our generation,” Collin Arnold, director of the city’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told CNN. Numbers, state by stateAnother concern: As the state’s tally of coronavirus cases stands at about 2,305, scores of them fatal, New Orleans’ food banks have only about two days worth of goods left, Arnold said. He called New Orleans “kind of the epicenter” for the state, with almost 1,700 cases in the metro area, according to state figures.Arnold’s warning comes as the Louisiana Department of Health says it is monitoring clusters — defined as situations in which two or more cases appear connected — at six nursing homes in the state. The department is working to contain the spread at the facilities, spokeswoman Mindy Faciane said. One of those — the 268-resident Lambeth House Retirement Community in New Orleans — was reporting 11 deaths as of Tuesday, she said.”The intensity of sadness that accompanies what our community is currently


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