President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, giving the state access to more federal resources to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards requested the declaration, telling the White House that New Orleans' hospitals could be overwhelmed by early April.
"We have overwhelmed our stocks of key resources needed for our hospitals, first responders and emergency managers," said Governor Edwards. "There will be a long-lasting impact on the state of Louisiana, and we have taken aggressive mitigation measures to fight the spread of COVID-19. I have been appreciative of the support of the federal government, especially Vice President Mike Pence’s COVID-19 task force, and I am hopeful FEMA will quickly approve our request as we continue our response and work towards recovery."
The governor also urged residents to take his advice seriously to isolate themselves in their homes, stay six feet apart from everyone, not gather in groups of more than ten anywhere at any time, not have contact with other people, wash their hands frequently and act as if they have the virus.
"It is critical that we do our part immediately," Edwards implored people who are not following the recommendations. "You can't fix what you didn't do yesterday... but stating right now and going forward, everyone has to do their part to reduce the spread of this particular virus."
Edwards says the more people who don't comply, the more people who will die.