UPDATE: Presumptive cases of coronavirus in Louisiana increases to 67


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.


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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