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Anonymous New Orleans artist leaves uplifting messages on sidewalk outside hospital

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Health-care professionals at New Orleans' Ochsner Medical Center -- one of the largest hospitals in the area struggling during the coronavirus crisis -- have received a surprising pick-me-up from an anonymous artist.

The messenger has been leaving colorful chalk notes on the sidewalk of the main parking lot to pay tribute to the medical workers.

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“If you’re just arriving, thank you for what you’re about to do," one read.

“You are extraordinary," read another.

”If you are leaving, thank you … Rest well,” another bid adieu.

A message written in chalk that reads, "If you're leaving, thank you, rest well," on a sidewalk at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

A message written in chalk that reads, "If you're leaving, thank you, rest well," on a sidewalk at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

Louisiana is one of the hardest-hit states in the country with an estimated 12,496 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Additionally, more than 400 people have died of the virus.

Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that the state may run out of ventilators and hospital beds by next week.

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Ochsner has converted its regular hospital rooms into makeshift ICU wards to accommodate the surge in patients.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.