UPDATE: Louisiana surpasses 12,000 reported COVID-19 cases


BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The Louisiana Department of Health presented numbers Saturday that show a continued rise in the number of coronavirus cases statewide.

The Louisiana Department of Health’s daily noon update reported 12,496 total COVID-19 cases and 409 related deaths, up from the 10,297 total cases and 370 deaths reported Friday.

More than 1,700 patients have been hospitalized with the virus, with 535 of them on ventilators. The severity of symptoms differs from patient to patient, though most report a fever and respiratory trouble.

Commercial labs in the state have completed and reported 54,304 tests. LDH has completed 4,194 tests.

East Baton Rouge Parish has reported 621 COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths, as of Saturday.

“We need to protect our vulnerable population by rigorously practicing social distancing in the coming weeks,” East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement following Saturday’s update. “Everyone plays a vital role in protecting our community and helping to flatten the curve.”

Other COVID-19 statistics in the BRProud.com coverage area, by parish:

  • Ascension – 284 cases, 7 deaths
  • Assumption – 56 cases, 0 deaths
  • East Feliciana – 22 cases, 0 deaths
  • Iberville – 119 cases, 5 deaths
  • Livingston – 64 cases, 1 death
  • Pointe Coupee – 16 cases, 0 deaths
  • St. Helena – 4 cases, 0 deaths
  • St. James – 150 cases, 6 deaths
  • West Baton Rouge – 40 cases, 4 deaths
  • West Feliciana – 18 cases, 0 deaths

Sixty-one of the state’s 64 parishes have reported cases of COVID-19, although Edwards has said repeatedly that the virus is present in every parish, even if the official reports have not shown that information.

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