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42 deaths from COVID-19 reported in NWLA; 26 are in Caddo Parish


BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – 42 people have now died because of the coronavirus in Northwest Louisiana, with nine new deaths in four parishes among the 70 statewide reported Tuesday by Louisiana Department of Health.

A total of 582 people have now died from the virus since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Louisiana on March 9. The state’s first death was reported on March 14.

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Five more deaths are reported in Caddo, according, bringing the total in the parish to 26. De Soto Parish is also reporting two more deaths, bringing the total there to six. Another death has also been added to the tally in Bossier, bringing the total there to four. Red River Parish, which reported its first two cases just last week, is reporting its first death.

In addition to the 42 deaths, there are now 1,121 cases confirmed across the following parishes:

  • Caddo  –  756 case(s)  |  26 death(s)  |  137 state tests  |  12,080 commercial tests
  • Bossier  –  146 case(s)  |  4 death(s)  |  33 state tests  |  1,616 commercial tests
  • De Soto  –  89 case(s)  |  6 death(s)  |  8 state tests  |  48 commercial tests
  • Webster  –  50 case(s)  |  2 death(s)  |  8 state tests  |  579 commercial tests
  • Claiborne  –  30 case(s)  |  2 death(s)  |  16 state tests  |  65 commercial tests
  • Bienville  –  17 case(s)  |  1 death(s)  |  3 state tests  |  15 commercial tests
  • Natchitoches  –  24 case(s)  |  0 death(s)  |  15 state tests  |  163 commercial tests
  • Sabine  –  7 case(s)  |  0 death(s)  |  5 state tests  |  78 commercial tests
  • Red River  –  2 case(s)  |  1 death(s)  |  27 state tests  |  3 commercial tests

1,996 people are hospitalized statewide, with 563 on ventilators, according to the LDH. With Cameron Parish reporting its first case Tuesday, coronavirus is now confirmed in every parish in the state except for Tensas in Northeast Louisiana.

RELATED: Gov. Edwards is taking your questions in today’s COVID-19 briefing

Gov. John Bel Edwards is set to hold his daily briefing Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in which he will take and answer questions from the public submitted via social media. Watch streaming live here or on the ArkLaTexhomepage app.

RELATED: No COVID-19 testing at home yet but quicker options coming

During his Monday press briefing, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will be releasing weekly updates on the demographics, which currently show nearly 70 percent of the overall COVID-19 deaths reported so far in the state are African American. Hypertension remains the most common underlying condition in patients.

RELATED: Gov. Edwards: Data to be released will show 70% of COVID-19 deaths in La. are African American

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