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1,158 Louisianans are now hospitalized with COVID-19, and 385 of them are on ventilators as statewide positive confirmed cases cross the 4,000 mark. 185 people have now died due to coronavirus related causes, an increase of 34 in the past 24 hours, and nearly 500 new cases have been reported in that same time period. 28 nursing homes now have reported cases of COVID-19.

Governor Edwards says they’re doing everything they can to prepare for a peak…

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Louisiana has become a COVID-19 hotspot, ranking in the top three locations in the nation for confirmed cases of the illness, and number two in per capita deaths linked to the virus. Attorney General Jeff Landry with the number of cases exploding locally, LSU’s medical school has received approval to begin clinical testing of hydroxychloroquine, a potential treatment for COVID-19

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He also announced Louisiana has received 400,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets from a donation.

After a two-week break, LSU’s spring semester resumes today, but all classes have been moved online. English Professor Kevin Cope says LSU was not exactly prepared to transition all it’s courses online, but they’re doing the best they can. Cope says the school has not been able to invest in its online capabilities due to chronic underfunding of state schools.

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