Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, speaking at a news conference Wednesday, said a region of the state, which includes Orleans Parish, could run out of ventilators by early April.
"So we're trying to acquire ventilators anywhere we can, whether it's through the federal government, finding vendors. We actually distributed another 100 today," Edwards later told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "We actually need a 1,000 more just in the New Orleans area."
He continued: "So this is a big challenge. We're doing everything that we can. We are obviously asking for help from wherever we can get it."
"To the extent the federal government can facilitate the allotment, the allocation of more resources to Louisiana, we would certainly accept that and be grateful. But we know that this is a challenge because we're not the only ones asks. Every state is asking for the same things."
By the numbers: Edwards said the state has received about 100,000 N95 masks to date, and added that Apple CEO Tim Cook is donating 100,000 M95 masks to the state soon.