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Link to nola.com Big shift in model of coronavirus in Louisiana raises questions about ‘peak’ of outbreak (opens in new window)

A closely watched model of the coronavirus pandemic showed a dramatic shift for the better in Louisiana overnight, but changes to the methodology used by researchers suggest that it might be too early to celebrate.

Source: Big shift in model of coronavirus in Louisiana raises questions about ‘peak’ of outbreak | Coronavirus | nola.com

Link to nola.com Sheraton New Orleans leased by state as another coronavirus spillover medical facility  (opens in new window)

The hotel, which is the city’s fourth-largest with 1,110 rooms, joins the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in providing large-scale space that can be converted into overflow facilities for patients who are infected with the pathogen but no longer need hospital care.

The first 1,000 beds at the Convention Center are expected to be ready Monday, and Gov. John Bel Edwards has mandated that an additional 1,000 beds be installed there.

Source: Sheraton New Orleans leased by state as another coronavirus spillover medical facility | Coronavirus | nola.com

Link to businessreport.com Banks urge patience as PPP rollout gets off to a rocky start (opens in new window)

The ambitious $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program passed by Congress one week ago to help small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis rolls out this morning amid confusion and mixed signals.

Updated federal guidelines for the program were not issued until late Thursday night in a 31-page “interim final rules” document, just hours before the PPP was supposed to begin accepting applications, and most banks are still not ready.

Source: Banks urge patience as PPP rollout gets off to a rocky start

Link to nola.com Ochsner Health secures 5-minute coronavirus test that could go to ERs, labor units  (opens in new window)

Ochsner Health System officials will soon begin using rapid COVID-19 tests in their emergency rooms and other areas to screen out patients who have the disease, they said Thursday.

The tests by Abbott Laboratories were cleared by the Food and Drug Administration last week and were shipped to hospitals beginning Wednesday. Ochsner has received some of the tests kits as of Thursday. The 5-minute test joins another 45-minute test in Ochsner’s stockpile and the same-day tests it has had for weeks.

Source: Ochsner Health secures 5-minute coronavirus test that could go to ERs, labor units | Coronavirus | nola.com

Link to theadvocate.com Coronavirus update: Half of ventilators, 81% of ICU beds are already in use in Acadiana | Coronavirus | theadvocate.com (opens in new window)

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Acadiana, state health officials on Thursday released new data showing in the seven-parish region that includes Lafayette, more than half the ventilators are in use and 81% of hospital intensive care unit beds are in use.

The New Orleans area is about two weeks ahead of Acadiana in the progression of the coronavirus pandemic, this region’s top public health official said Monday. If the number of cases and number of hospital admissions continue to grow, she said, in a few weeks Acadiana’s health care system could be “severely impacted.”

Source: Coronavirus update: Half of ventilators, 81% of ICU beds are already in use in Acadiana | Coronavirus | theadvocate.com