BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The total number of presumptive positive cases in Louisiana increased to 33, according to the latest report from the Office of Public Health.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, along with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, will hold a joint news conference at 3 p.m. CT. Twenty-three of the 33 cases of COVID-19 are in Orleans Parish.
Less than one hour prior to the release, St. Tammany president Mike Cooper posted a statement on the parish’s official Facebook page which read that his parish was notified by the Department of Health regarding two cases of COVID-19.
St. Tammany parish was previously listed as an “impacted parish,” however no presumptive positive cases had been reported.
The announcement of new cases comes as Baton Rouge hospitals outline new visitation guidelines and screening processes. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser also said the coronavirus will wreak havoc on tourism, one of Louisiana’s biggest economic pulls.
More information on the current cases of COVID-19 may be found on the state Department of Health’s website.