CDC: Mardi Gras may figure in count of Louisiana virus cases
April 12, 2020
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an influx of tourists for Mardi Gras in February may have been a reason why Louisiana experienced a higher rate of COVID-19 cases than other Southern states.
In a report posted Friday, the CDC says population density might play "a significant role in the acceleration of transmission" of the coronavirus. And it said Louisiana experienced a "temporarily high" population density because of Carnival season visitors.
It also noted the season ended Feb. 25 — well before federal calls to discourage mass gatherings in mid-M...