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280 coronavirus cases confirmed in Louisiana, 2 new in NWLA

Louisiana

Gov. Edwards says spike in COVID-19 cases expected in state within the next 48 hours

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana has risen to 280, up 84 since Tuesday evening, and two of the newest cases are in Caddo and Bossier parishes.

There are now six cases in Caddo Parish and two in Bossier.

The new cases in Northwest Louisiana may reflect confirmation from Caddo Parish officials earlier Wednesday that one parish employee has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the closure of Government Plaza for the rest of the week.

Barksdale Air Force Base confirmed Monday night that they have “identified increased persons under investigation for risk of COVID-19” on the base and declared a public health emergency. Bossier’s first confirmed case was reported on Friday.

The number of deaths statewide due to the coronavirus stands at seven.

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Edwards warned the numbers likely will “jump tremendously” within 36 hours as testing ramps up statewide.

“I want people to be prepared for this,” the governor said. “It is going to get much worse before it gets better.”

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13 of the 64 parishes are reporting coronavirus cases. The LDH noted Wednesday morning that, “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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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