BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – After a slight uptick in hospitalizations Monday, the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus in Louisiana dropped below 1,000 Wednesday for the first time since March 29.
According to the latest Department of Health data, there were 931 patients in the hospital for treatment of COVID-19, compared to 1,004 on Tuesday.
The 110 patients on ventilators Wednesday was the lowest since March 25 — the second day for which the state coronavirus website shows such reports. It showed 94 patients needing mechanical help to breathe on March 24 and 163 on March 25.
The number of ventilated patients peaked nine days before hospitalizations, at 571 on April 4.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by fewer than 300 Wednesday to 35,316, the result of 7,897 test results statewide over the past 24 hours. Twenty-seven more people have died from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll statewide to 2,485.
285,970 have been tested in Louisiana since the pandemic began.
Edwards eased pandemic restraints on some businesses Friday and noted it takes a week or two to see whether the increased movement has increased the number of cases.
Three outbreaks reported this week were at crawfish farms and processing plants.
As of Saturday, May 16, the LDH says 26,249 people who have previously tested positive for the coronavirus are now presumed recovered. The state updates this number weekly, along with the number of “probable deaths,” which now stands at 123.
The department defines a confirmed COVID-19 death as “a death with a positive lab result. Probable COVID-19 deaths are deaths identified by coroners and/or physicians as COVID-19 deaths or as probable/suspected/possible COVID-19 deaths without a positive lab result.”
Thirty-five new cases were reported in Northwest Louisiana on Wednesday, 27 of them in Caddo Parish. The Louisiana Department of Health is now reporting 156 deaths in Caddo. On Friday, however, the Caddo Coroner’s office was reporting a total of 172 deaths. There can be a lag in locally reported cases and deaths appearing on the state health department dashboard. The parish now has 1,939 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Natchitoches Parish is reporting an additional death, bringing the total there to 13. Bossier is reporting five more cases, De Soto two, and Sabine one. As of noon Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the LDH reported the following data on confirmed cases, deaths and COVID-19 tests in northwest Louisiana:
- Caddo – 1,939 case(s) | 156 death(s) | 127 state tests | 20,468 commercial tests
- Bossier – 353 case(s) | 24 death(s) | 46 state tests | 8,162 commercial tests
- De Soto – 228 case(s) | 16 death(s) | 20 state tests | 2,187 commercial tests
- Webster – 119 case(s) | 5 death(s) | 13 state tests | 2,147 commercial tests
- Claiborne – 58 case(s) | 10 death(s) | 35 state tests | 637 commercial tests
- Bienville – 84 case(s) | 20 death(s) | 20 state tests | 759 commercial tests
- Natchitoches – 103 case(s) | 13 death(s) | 68 state tests | 1,320 commercial tests
- Sabine – 31 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 29 state tests | 722 commercial tests
- Red River – 43 case(s) | 6 death(s) | 16 state tests | 392 commercial tests
The Associated Press contributed to this report.