Increased testing shows ballooning virus cases in Louisiana

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By MELINDA DESLATTE and KEVIN McGILL

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is scrambling to ready makeshift hospitals and track down ventilators as the steady uptick of coronavirus cases continues. Increased testing capacity in the state is demonstrating what officials feared: a ballooning number of infected people that remains among the highest per-capita rates in the nation. The latest figures from Louisiana’s health department Wednesday showed nearly 1,800 people in the state were confirmed to have the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. That’s an increase of 400 from the previous day. Sixty-five Louisiana residents have died from the disease. President Donald Trump has granted a federal disaster declaration for the state.