ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Health officials in Louisiana are now reporting there are 18,283 cases of coronavirus reported in the state. There have been 702 deaths reported. Also, 63 of Louisiana's 64 parishes have reported cases.
In Central Louisiana, as of April 9, the cases are:
Allen Parish: 66 cases, 5 deaths
Avoyelles Parish: 56 cases, 1 death
Beauregard Parish: 26 cases, 1 death
Catahoula Parish: 17 cases, 1 death
Concordia Parish: 13 cases, 1 death
Evangeline Parish: 31 cases
Grant Parish: 10 cases
LaSalle Parish: 9 cases
Rapides Parish: 148 cases, 4 deaths
Natchitoches Parish: 27 cases
Sabine Parish: 8 cases
St. Landry: 90 cases, 4 deaths
Vernon Parish: 11 cases
Winn Parish: 7 cases, 2 deaths
Currently, 2,014 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 473 patients require ventilators.
As of April 7:
Hypertension - 66%
Diabetes - 43 %
Chronic Kidney Disease - 25%
Obesity - 25%
Black - 70%
White - 28%
Asian .9 %
The state reported a 58-year-old with underlying health conditions being treated at Touro Infirmary in Orleans Parish died Saturday, March 14, marking the first death in Louisiana.
The ages of Rapides Parish deaths: 76, 79, 79, 69 according to Office of Public Health.
The Department of Health has identified COVID-19 clusters in 40 long-term care facilities in the state. For context, there are a total of 436 nursing homes and adult residential care facilities in Louisiana. A cluster is identified as two or more cases that appear to be connected.
Our local region is Region 6. Colonial Nursing Home in Marksville has been listed as a cluster area. Evergreen Life Services in Pineville was also listed.
Cases are currently being monitored in multiple parishes across the state.
PLEASE NOTE: The Louisiana Department of Health will update its website daily at noon.
WORLD MAP: Interactive COVID-19 Global Cases Map
Governor John Bel Edwards on Sunday, March 22 issued a stay at home order for the state that will begin Monday, March 23. The order is set to expire at the end of the night on Thursday, April 30.
HOW TO GET TESTED:
Louisiana officials say the general advice is the same nationwide. You must show symptoms of running a fever, having a cough and shortness of breath. If you show these symptoms, contact your primary care physician first before you can seek further testing. You must also test negative for the flu. You also might not feel these symptoms anywhere from 2-14 days.
LDH is offering a counseling service 24/7 for those who may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the outbreak. The service is available to help anyone trying to cope with the associated stress. Trained counselors will provide information for services related to mental health and substance abuse related to coronavirus. Call 1-866-310-7977.
Gov. Edwards announced March 11 he signed an executive order to declare a public health emergency for the state to help local governments handle the situation and in an effort to prevent price gouging.
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is notified of any positive results.
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