New Orleans is likely to become the nation’s new coronavirus epicenter — and experts say Mardi Gras celebrations that attracted millions to the city may be partly to blame.
To date, Louisiana has seen nearly 1,800 coronavirus cases, with at least 65 reported deaths. New Orleans is responsible for 800 of those cases and 37 deaths.
Even more troubling, the growth rate of COVID-19 infections in the state tops all others worldwide, according to a University of Louisiana at Lafayette analysis of global data.
In an interview on FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Dr. Joshua Denson, critical care physician at Tulane Medical Center, said that “every day more [cases] add up.”
“As far as fears [New Orleans] could be the next epicenter: I think that, unfortunately, I kind of think we are there,” Denson said.
It’s likely that the city’s Carnival celebrations — which ran from Jan. 6 until Mardi Gras, Feb. 25 — drawing about 1.4 million revelers, could