LDH confirms 14 deaths and 537 positive cases

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UPDATE:

As of 5:30 p.m. March 20, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 537 positive cases of #COVID19 in Louisiana.

ORIGINAL:

BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Health on Friday confirmed two additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 12.

The deaths of a 38-year-old Catahoula Parish resident and a 77-year-old Jefferson Parish resident were reported today. Both had underlying medical conditions. 

This information will be reflected on the dashboard at the 5:30 p.m. update. 

While older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, everyone can become exposed to COVID-19 and must be vigilant to protect their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the serious chronic health conditions include heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

For updates on positive cases and deaths, visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage.

Everyone is warned to take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.

These precautions include:

  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoiding close contact with others
  • And staying home if you are sick 

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