Why New Orleans is quickly becoming a coronavirus epicenter in the U.S.

By Erika Edwards, NBC News

New Orleans is on track to become a coronavirus epicenter.

The city’s rich cultural history that prizes large social gatherings, combined with its higher than average rates of obesity and chronic disease, put its population at particular risk.

Thursday afternoon, the Louisiana Department of Health reported more than 2,300 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Statewide, 83 people have died, putting Louisiana’s death toll among the highest in the country.

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Dr. James Diaz, is Director and Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences in LSU School of Public Health