BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Louisiana has reported 685 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and six more deaths since Monday, bringing the cumulative number of cases statewide to 176,681 and total deaths to 5,572.
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 12 and October 19, 2020.
- 95% of the cases reported to the state today were community spread.
- 5% of the cases reported to the state today were in congregate settings.
- People aged 29 and under represent 32% of these cases. 18% are individuals between 18-29.
- The newly confirmed cases since Monday came from the results of 18,993 tests reported to the state, bringing the total number of tests to 2,613,369.
LDH data show 586 patients hospitalized with coronavirus statewide as of Monday, October 19, which is the most recent data available. Of those, 62 were on mechanical ventilators. There were 189 patients hospitalized in Region 7, with 13 on mechanical ventilators.
With Tuesday’s update, the total number of confirmed cases in Northwest Louisiana has risen to 20,074 and there are 699 deaths reported in the region.
Of the 210 new cases reported in the region, 59 were in Caddo Parish and 74 were in Bossier. Caddo, Bossier, and Webster Parish also reported one new death each.
The rate of new cases in Bossier Parish, in particular, continues to rise, averaging 36 per day over the last 14 days. The parish averaged 24 new cases per day over the previous 14-day period, which means the two-week average for new cases reported daily has increased by 50% over the previous 14-day period.
Natchitoches added 28 new cases Tuesday, Bienville 15, Sabine 12, Claiborne five, De Soto four, and Red River two.
As of midday Tuesday, the LDH was reporting the following data on confirmed cases, deaths, and testing in Region 7:
- Caddo – 9,729 case(s) | 388 death(s) | 669 state tests | 173,186 commercial tests
- Bossier – 3,983 case(s) | 117 death(s) | 305 state tests | 72,998 commercial tests
- De Soto – 995 case(s) | 35 death(s) | 101 state tests | 14,998 commercial tests
- Webster – 1,429 case(s) | 38 death(s) | 179 state tests | 24,994 commercial tests
- Claiborne – 591 case(s) | 24 death(s) | 242 state tests | 9,817 commercial tests
- Bienville – 578 case(s) | 33 death(s) | 378 state tests | 10,834 commercial tests
- Natchitoches – 1,409 case(s) | 26 death(s) | 741 state tests | 19,285 commercial tests
- Sabine – 957 case(s) | 14 death(s) | 231 state tests | 13,501 commercial tests
- Red River – 403 case(s) | 24 death(s) | 651 state tests | 4,110 commercial tests
There are now 33,356 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the ArkLaTex and 1,102 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.