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Louisiana Governor: State May Be Turning the Corner on Virus

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is starting to see hospital admission and death rates that could suggest new infections are slowing. The Democratic governor offered a hint of optimism Monday in a state with one of the nation’s highest per capita virus infection rates. Still, only hours earlier, the virus was blamed for the death of a baby born prematurely after her mother contracted the disease. And Edwards cautioned that Louisiana residents must continue avoiding public gatherings and staying home as much as possible. Louisiana has nearly 15,000 people with confirmed infections. The state’s death toll is at least 512.