LDH confirms first COVID-19 death in Louisiana; number of presumptive cases rises to 77

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – The number of presumptive coronavirus cases in Louisiana has risen to 77.

Saturday March 14., the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed that a person who contracted COVID-19 in Louisiana has died, making them the first coronavirus-related death in the state. Officials reported that the patient was a 58-year-old with underlying health conditions. They were being treated at Touro Infirmary Hospital in New Orleans.

Governor John Bel Edwards responded to the death in a statement he released.

Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant against the spread of this illness by taking care of ourselves and each other, avoiding going into public areas if you are sick, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently with soap and water.

As of now, LDH reports that most of the cases are confined to the New Orleans area. There have been no confirmed or presumptive cases in East Baton Rouge Parish so far.

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