Louisiana recorded the highest number of deaths in the state in the past 24 hours as part of the coronavirus pandemic, with 70 new deaths, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.
“Unfortunately we're reporting today 70 new deaths, that is the highest number we have recorded at any time and a 24-hour a report. And remember we're not saying that 70 people died in the last 24 hours, but that is the report is that we have today is it that 70 new deaths have been attributed to Covid-19,” Edwards told reporters in Baton Rouge.
The governor also offered some guidance on this figure of 70 deaths, saying that “some of these people expired, many of them perhaps most of them are expired before yesterday but the report just came in today because the testing finally confirmed that the individual had a Covid-19.”
Meanwhile, there are 519 patients who are currently on ventilators and according to Edwards “that's a big number but it's actually a decrease from yesterday from 550."
He continued: “Now we still cannot say with absolute confidence that the curve is flattening, but we are still seeing more evidence that we are moving in that direction."
The governor went on to thank the medical community including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and everybody else associated with delivering healthcare in Louisiana currently “under these very difficult conditions.”