BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) – Louisiana has lost its first resident to the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus, state health officials confirmed Saturday afternoon.
The resident, who was 58 years old and lived in Orleans Parish, had underlying health conditions and was being treated at Touro Infirmary Hospital and Medical Center, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the first Louisiana death related to COVID-19 today,” Gov. Edwards said in a statement. “This underscores the fact that those with underlying health issues are most at risk from the coronavirus.”
LDH has reported 77 presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus strain in Louisiana, as of Saturday evening. The number has risen sharply since Edwards announced the state’s first case Monday.
In all, 210 patients have been tested for the virus statewide, as of 4:30 p.m. Saturday.