BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Louisiana Department of Health reported 434 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday and 11 more deaths statewide, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 182,270 and total deaths to 5,705.
Also according to the LDH:
- Because of the daily removal of newly identified duplicates and out of state cases, the new case increase may not match the difference between today’s and yesterday’s total case count.
- The collection dates for most of these cases fall between October 23 and October 29, 2020.
- 91% of the cases reported to the state today were community spread.
- 9% of the cases reported to the state today were in congregate settings.
- People aged 29 and under represent 31% of these cases. 20% are individuals between 18-29.
- The newly confirmed cases since Thursday came from the results of 11,874 tests reported to the state, bringing the total number of tests to 2,759,292.
168,634 people confirmed to have had the coronavirus were presumed recovered as of Monday, October 26, the most recent data available.
Due to hospital reporting delays associated with Hurricane Zeta, LDH will not be updating hospital-related data today.
LDH data show 612 patients hospitalized with coronavirus statewide as of Wednesday, October 28, which is the most recent data available. Of those, 79 were on mechanical ventilators. In Region 7, there were 197 patients hospitalized as of Wednesday, with 20 on mechanical ventilators.
Northwest Louisiana numbers
With Friday’s update, the total number of confirmed cases in Northwest Louisiana has risen to 21,300 and there are 721 deaths reported in the region.
Of the 93 new cases reported in the region, 56 were in Caddo Parish and 17 were in Bossier. Natchitoches added eight, De Soto seven, and Red River four. Sabine also added one new case. There were no new deaths reported Friday in any NWLA parishes.
As of midday, the LDH was reporting the following data on confirmed cases, deaths, and testing in Region 7:
- Caddo – 10,262 case(s) | 396 death(s) | 686 state tests | 181,949 commercial tests
- Bossier – 4,339 case(s) | 121 death(s) | 309 state tests | 76,750 commercial tests
- De Soto – 1,037 case(s) | 35 death(s) | 377 state tests | 15,712 commercial tests
- Webster – 1,490 case(s) | 41 death(s) | 179 state tests | 26,072 commercial tests
- Claiborne – 603 case(s) | 26 death(s) | 245 state tests | 10,148 commercial tests
- Bienville – 614 case(s) | 35 death(s) | 381 state tests | 11,917 commercial tests
- Natchitoches – 1,503 case(s) | 28 death(s) | 812 state tests | 20,279 commercial tests
- Sabine – 1,005 case(s) | 15 death(s) | 239 state tests | 14,171 commercial tests
- Red River – 446 case(s) | 24 death(s) | 654 state tests | 4,392 commercial tests
There are now 35,974 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the ArkLaTex and 1,146 deaths reported.
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.