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Baton Rouge district court judge in ICU, on ventilator with coronavirus

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BATON ROUGE – District Judge “Chip” Moore is among the more than 100 people in Louisiana needing a ventilator to breathe while being hospitalized because of coronavirus.

In the recent update from Judge Moore's family, the process to wean him off the paralytic has begun however he has developed a GI bleed and is undergoing a CT scan to try and find where it originated from.

Earlier in the week, his family says his condition is improving and could be taken off the ventilator if he continues to recover.

“We are praying for a speedy recovery for our friend,” the campaign group wrote on Facebook.

In a handful of updates, his wife said Moore was in ICU and on a ventilator.  He was undergoing a "final treatment attempt" Tuesday, she wrote. 

"I watched this man train day in and out for three solid years to successfully complete an Ironman competition at the age of 50. He’s a fighter and he’s going to kick this virus’ butt," she wrote in a Facebook post shared by the judge's campaign. 

Moore, 55, was elected to the 19th Judicial Court as a judge in 2005.

Moore had not been in his courthouse office in the days before falling ill, a court official told WBRZ Tuesday morning. 

Court administrators are working on social distancing guidelines for in-person hearings.


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