UPDATE: Presumptive cases of coronavirus in Louisiana increases to 67

Coronavirus

UPDATE (March 14, 2020 – 12:40 p.m.)

In a press conference on Saturday afternoon Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the number of presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Louisiana is now at 67.

ORIGINAL

BATON ROUGE, La. – According to officials with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) there are now 51 cases of COVID-19 currently in the state of Louisiana.

As of 9:30 a.m., LDH reported the following:

  • 51 presumptive positive cases
  • 2 confirmed cases
  • 0 deaths
  • 142 tests completed by state lab

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COVID-19 has been found in eight parishes:

Bossier – 1; Caddo – 1; Jefferson – 7; Orleans – 36; St. Charles – 1; St. John the Baptist – 1; St. Tammany – 2; Terrebonne – 1

To prevent the spread of the infection LDH is engaged in many priority health actions including:

  1. Working with healthcare facilities with presumptive patients to identify exposed healthcare workers and make appropriate recommendations;
  2. ensuring all recommended infection control precautions are implemented in the healthcare facilities until we determine that the patient is no longer infectious,
  3. Notifying and monitoring close contacts;
  4. Coordinating with CDC.

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