From yesterday’s New York Times: “Louisiana, with more than 2,300 cases as of Thursday afternoon, is experiencing the fastest growth in new cases in the world; Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Tuesday that the current trajectory of case growth in Louisiana was similar to those in Spain and Italy. This week, President Trump approved the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration, which unlocks additional federal funding to combat the outbreak. The situation in and around New Orleans is particularly acute, with the city reporting 997 confirmed cases as of Thursday afternoon, more than the total number of cases in all but 13 states. Hospitals are overwhelmed and critical safety gear is running low.”
As news of the new Covid-19 outbreak in Louisiana continues to arrive in our inboxes, we are keeping in close contact with our colleague Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans and director of the IACC’s new office there.
We are grateful to report that she and her family are in good health and on lockdown. But we are deeply concerned that New Orleans is quickly becoming a new epicenter in the ongoing health crisis.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Louisiana as they face the greatest challenge the U.S. has faced in a generation.
The offices of the IACC are currently closed and all staff members have been working from home since Houston residents were ordered to “stay at home and work safe” earlier this week. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you or your business in this time of need. Stay safe and isolate!