NEW ORLEANS — There are now 136 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana, with three people dead from the disease — all of whom were residents of New Orleans.
The city is second only to Seattle in per capita cases of the virus, forcing Governor John Bel Edwards to close bars, movie theaters and restaurant dining rooms for at least a month, starting Wednesday.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has prohibited all private and public gatherings and closed all bars, nightclubs, gyms, health clubs, shopping malls and dine-in restaurants. These social distancing rules went into effect at midnight last night.
An 84-year-old from the Lambeth House senior facility in Uptown New Orleans is the latest victim of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Two other patients diagnosed with the coronavirus have died. Both were being treated at Touro Hospital and both were from New