BATON ROUGE, La. KTAL/KMSS) – As of Monday, 21,016 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed across Louisiana, with cases now in all 64 parishes. There have been 884 deaths statewide.
A graph of the statewide cases shows the trajectory of total cases beginning to slowly level off, with the growth of new cases staying at five percent or lower since Friday.
“It’s just too early to know” when Louisiana can begin relaxing stay-at-home orders that have devastated the state’s economy to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday during a briefing in Monroe after touring sites of widespread damage from tornadoes on Sunday.
The number of people hospitalized with the disease caused by the virus was 2,134. That’s 50 more than a day earlier. The number of those requiring ventilators was 461 — a slight increase from Sunday but still well below last week’s numbers.
State officials have said social distancing efforts appear to be slowing the growth in serious coronavirus illnesses in Louisiana. Edwards on Monday stressed that the practice must continue for now to avoid a new spike in infections.
He also chastised those who aren’t heeding the warning. He said there was evidence, including anecdotes and a website that records movements of cellphone customers, that many in the state were less mindful of the need for social distancing over the Easter weekend.
The overall number of Louisiana residents known to have been infected with the new coronavirus was 21,016 as of midday Monday, an increase of 421, as the number of people tested in the state surpassed 108,000.
Despite the state reporting 39 deaths due to coronavirus for the past four days, the Caddo Parish Coroner’s office reports as of Sunday, the number of Caddo Parish resident COVID-19 deaths had reached 60.
The number of confirmed cases reported in Caddo is now 1,033. Bossier is reporting 188 cases and the number of deaths there has risen to ten. Bienville has also reported an additional case, bringing the total there to two.
- Caddo – 1,033 case(s) | 39 death(s) | 148 state tests | 16,093 commercial tests
- Bossier – 188 case(s) | 10 death(s) | 36 state tests | 2,064 commercial tests
- De Soto – 125 case(s) | 7 death(s) | 8 state tests | 91 commercial tests
- Webster – 65 case(s) | 2 death(s) | 8 state tests | 724 commercial tests
- Claiborne – 41 case(s) | 3 death(s) | 20 state tests | 79 commercial tests
- Bienville – 37 case(s) | 2 death(s) | 3 state tests | 45 commercial testss
- Natchitoches – 41 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 17 state tests | 264 commercial tests
- Sabine – 9 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 7 state tests | 92 commercial tests
- Red River – 12 case(s) | 2 death(s) | 29 state tests | 16 commercial tests
While older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, everyone can become exposed to COVID-19 and must be vigilant to protect their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the serious chronic health conditions include heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
For updates on positive cases and deaths, visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage.
Everyone is warned to take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy. These precautions include:
- Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
- Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
- Avoiding touching your face
- Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
- Avoiding close contact with others
- And staying home if you are sick
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