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Louisiana near virus patient capacity. Sen. says New Orleans needs hospital ship

PHOTO: US Navy Hospital Ship Mercy arrived this weekend in Los Angeles

PortandTerminal.com, March 29, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Louisiana is almost near capacity in treating patients infected with COVID-19, Sen. Bill Cassidy said Saturday.

The Louisiana Republican told Fox News his state cannot be lost with the focus on New York, which is currently the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths

“We are almost on the verge of being at capacity,” Mr. Cassidy said. “We are about to overflow.”

READ: HELP IS HERE: Watch US Navy Mercy hospital ship arrive at Port of Los Angeles

The senator, who is also a medical doctor, said a U.S. Navy hospital ship like the ones being sent to Los Angeles and New York needs to be sent to the Port of New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has warned that the state may run out of ventilators by April.

‘I don’t want our state to be lost with all the attention on New York,” Mr. Cassidy said.

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