Convention hall to handle New Orleans virus patient overflow

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By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and MELINDA DESLATTE

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are gearing up to handle a possible overflow of coronavirus cases from area hospitals, including plans to treat patients at a convention center. The city has nearly 1,000 of the state’s more than 2,300 known COVID-19 cases as of Thursday. The state’s total number of cases jumped by more than 500 Thursday and the death toll rose to 86, including the first death of someone under age 18. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced on social media he was committing $5 million and working with business and organizations to deliver meals to needy people in the state.