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NOLA Public Schools will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to students who need them at home, the school district said Monday in a press release.

Louisiana has the highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 in the nation and, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards, more than 70 percent of the people who have died so far were black.

Black people make up just 32 percent of the state's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 6.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Saturday that Louisiana will receive an additional 200 ventilators from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

They are expected to arrive soon.

Across the globe, there is massive demand for a limited supply of ventilators, which are needed to save critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has said that if the current rate of infection persists and new ventilators are not made available, the state will run out of the life-saving devices by next week.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 3.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 2.

Louisiana officials are facing rising scrutiny as COVID-19 spreads through jails and prisons in the state, facilities that critics argue are perfect breeding grounds for the highly contagious and deadly virus.

Pharmaceutical company Amneal donated 400,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine to the State of Louisiana this week.

It’s a drug typically used to treat malaria, but there is hope among some scientists and doctors that it could be used to treat patients with COVID-19.

A second person held at the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana has died of COVID-19.

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