BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Louisiana Department of Health says it is reviewing all data and will not be updating its COVID-19 dashboard Thursday.
The LDH usually updates the dashboard daily at 12 p.m.
“The Department of Health wanted to review the data to make sure it was accurate,” Edwards said in his Thursday afternoon briefing, adding that they are “trying to make sure there are no duplicative or non-Louisiana residents whose tests may have been done in Louisiana and may have been included in our dashboard so that we get the right results on the dashboard.”
Still, the governor was able to share insights into some of the data they have been seeing thus far, calling it “concerning.”
“The numbers that we’ve been seeing over the last several days prove that we just can’t afford to become complacent,” Edwards said.
“If you take out all the backlogged cases, since June 10th, we’ve added more than 4,200 new COVID-19 cases across the state. That’s in seven days. Most of these new cases did not come from nursing homes or other congregant settings, and so what that means is they were the result of community spread.”
Despite the lack of daily case data, the governor was able to report that there have been seven additional deaths statewide since Wednesday because that data comes from a different source. The number of COVID-19 deaths statewide now totals 2,957.
On Wednesday, the dashboard was updated to reflect 928 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in what was the largest single-day increase in new cases since early April, even after accounting for backlogged test results. That brought the total statewide cases to 48,634.
Edwards said Thursday’s data is expected to be available on Friday, along with that day’s numbers.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and be life-threatening.
If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.