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“I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”

On Tuesday, there had been just over 5,700 people nation-wide, who were confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States. That number jumped all the way up to 11,500 on Thursday, and health officials noted that the number will continue to rise sharply as more test results become readily known to the general public.

The state of Louisiana has been one of the most-infected states (585 cases) with the coronavirus health crisis, and currently has a total of 16 deaths out of the 276 of them from coast-to-coast.

“The concern with Louisiana is the amount of people that come in and out of this area after Mardi Gras season. This is an area that doctors are concerned about. So our parents, and those that are more susceptible to this virus, deserve everyone doing their best to combat it”, Payton said.

“There are hundreds of people right now in tough predicaments, fighting for their lives. Let’s be part of the solution, not the problem. We can easily help reduce the numbers of those impacted. We have to do our best to beat this and I know we can.”

Big Easy Magazine will continue to update this story, as further warranted……

Barry Hirstius is a semi-retired journalist, who has worked as a sports editor and columnist. Barry is a New Orleans native who grew up as a fan of the Saints while attending games as a young boy during the early 1970’s, at the old Tulane Stadium. He is also the proud Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity. Follow him on Twitter: @BarryHirstius