Anthony Fauci: Coronavirus shutdown in Louisiana likely needed to come ‘a bit sooner’ – NOLA.com

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Anthony Fauci: Coronavirus shutdown in Louisiana likely needed to come ‘a bit sooner’ – NOLA.com

Louisiana and the rapid growth of coronavirus cases across the state was a focus of Chris Cuomo’s Prime Time show on CNN when he invited guest Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday evening to discuss the state’s and country’s acceleration of the spread.

During the CNN interview, Cuomo asked Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to explain why Louisiana’s coronavirus cases exploded from 100 to more than 1,000 in just a week’s time. 

Louisiana officials hope new national attention on the state’s rapid surge in coronavirus cases — including a major disaster declaration from …

Fauci said though state and New Orleans officials have put in place rigid restrictions to keep people inside and further the spread of COVID-19, a shutdown probably could have come sooner. 

“It is likely that should’ve been done a little bit sooner,” Fauci said. “I’m not blaming anyone on that, but you get caught unaware because the nature of this outbreak that’s so frustrating and, in many respects, a bit frightening and intimidating … it putters along and you think you’re OK.”

“Then it starts to go up a little and ‘Bingo,’ it goes up in an exponential way. That’s what’s happening in New Orleans now.”

Intensive care beds and ventilators are among the most critical needs for the patients most seriously stricken with the coronavirus, and state…

Coronavirus in Louisiana and New Orleans has recently become the center of national attention after the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate ran a story stating Orleans Parish was sixth in the nation for cases per capita — right behind five metro New York counties.

Since then, the state’s coronavirus problem has been covered by national outlets, and President Donald Trump approved Louisiana as the fourth state to receive a major disaster declaration. 

As of Wednesday, there were 1,795 confirmed cases and 65 COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana. The majority of those cases have been reported out of Orleans Parish. 

Rising coronavirus infections and long test turnarounds have added urgency this week to efforts to expand and hasten COVID-19 testing in New O…

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Contact Katelyn Umholtz at kumholtz@theadvocate.com.

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