Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that coronavirus modeling projects his state will run out of ventilators on April 9 and hospital beds on April 11.

Why it matters: Louisiana has around 12,500 infected people and 409 deaths. New York is the only state in the country with a worse per capita death rate.

  • Two southeast Louisiana parishes, including one that encompasses New Orleans, have the most deaths per capita nationwide, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Despite the wartime mobilization effort by U.S. manufacturers to produce medical supplies, it appears to be too little, too late.

  • President Trump acknowledged at a press conference Saturday that there could be a shortage of ventilators — which are critical for treating coronavirus patients who are unable to breathe for themselves — but doubled down on his belief that states should have been better prepared for the pandemic.
  • Most of the 100,000 ventilators Trump promised the U.S. would obtain won't be available until June, FEMA officials told Congress last week.

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Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.

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Opposition leader Leopoldo López flees Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López outside the Spanish embassy in Caracas, in 2019. Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

Leopoldo López, a former political prisoner and prominent Venezuelan opposition leader, has left the country, his Popular Will party confirmed in a statement Saturday.

Why it matters: He's been an influential force in the push to oust President Nicolás Maduro's regime and a mentor to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. He'd been in the Spanish ambassador's Caracas residence since escaping house arrest in April 2019 following a failed military uprising.