New Orleans is an epicenter of coronavirus. Mardi Gras could be to blame, doctors say.
Health experts say it’s no surprise that New Orleans is the center of the coronavirus crisis in hard-hit Louisiana after over a million people flocked to the city to celebrate Carnival for more than a month, culminating in Mardi Gras at the end of February.Gov. John Bel Edwards requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the state Tuesday as the number of cases rose to 1,388 in 43 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, according to the state Health Department.At least 46 people have died.”It is still impossible to know exactly how long the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Louisiana, but what we do know is that we have more cases per capita than every state, except for New York and Washington,” Edwards said Tuesday. On Sunday, he issued a stay-at-home order to slow the rapid rise of cases.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakWhile some parishes appear to be unaffected, Edwards said testing just hadn’t caught up. “We shouldn’t delude ourselves. It’s in every single parish,” he said.But New Orleans, with 567 of the state’s cases — 20 that led to death — is by far the center of the pandemic in the state. At least nine of the people who died resided at