Health Experts Say Mardi Gras Impacted COVID-19 Spread

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Health experts are linking the high infection rate of COVID-19 in Louisiana to Mardi Gras.

Governor John Bel Edwards shared a theory that Mardi Gras sped up the spread of COVID-19 mentioning that the first case was confirmed 13 days after Fat Tuesday in New Orleans.

Professor of epidemiology at the LSU Medical Center Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois says Edwards based that theory off of a model the university provided to the governor's office.

Louisiana has nearly 1,800 confirmed cases with 827 of them in Orleans Parish.

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