New Orleans COVID19
Research suggests that coronavirus is a far more deadly threat in New Orleans than in the rest of the United States, with a per capita mortality rate twice that of New York.
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With New York and Seattle, New Orleans has become one of the first American hotspots for coronavirus.
But New Orleans’ death rate is almost double that of New York, with doctors and public health officials accusing high levels of obesity and Big Easy-related illnesses.
New Orleans Confirmed Cases
The parish of Orleans, which covers the city, reported 153 confirmed deaths from coronavirus on Friday, the equivalent of 37.93 deaths from coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants. This rate for New York was 18.86 per 100.00 people on Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“We are just sicker,” said Rebekah Gee, who was the Louisiana secretary of health until January and now heads the health services division at Louisiana State University.
We already had huge health disparities before this pandemic – we can only imagine that they are widening now. ”
State of Louisiana Deaths
On Saturday, the state of Louisiana recorded 12,496 cases and 409 deaths.
Statewide, Louisiana is second behind New York State in terms of deaths per capita, reports the Journal.
“We have more than our fair share of people with the comorbidities that make them particularly vulnerable,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to the Wall Street Journal.
Officials in New Orleans have warned that the city may run out of ventilators and hospital beds by the end of next week.
The main concern of doctors working in the city of Louisiana is the death rate, which is twice that of New York and more than four times that of Seattle, according to data released Thursday.
New Orleans residents suffer from obesity, diabetes and hypertension at rates higher than the national average, conditions that doctors and public health officials say may make patients more vulnerable to COVID- 19, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
New Orlean Killing by COVID-19
About 97% of people killed by COVID-19 in Louisiana had a preexisting condition, according to the state health department.
Diabetes was observed in 40% of deaths, obesity in 25%, chronic kidney disease in 23% and heart problems in 21%.