Ken Cochran, president and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, speaks at a news conference held Tuesday at the St. Landry Economic Development office. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)
After a news conference in Opelousas on Tuesday, Ken Cochran, president and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, said a model projects the number of COVID-19 cases at 800 to 3,000.
Even 800 cases would exceed the approximate 250 hospital beds in the parish.
During the news conference called by St. Landry Parish Government, Cochran said Opelousas hospital is renovating its fourth floor to create 24 isolation rooms. Once completed by end of this week, the hospital will have 41 isolation beds where negative air pressure reduces viral particles in the air, he said.