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Health officials confirm first case of COVID-19 in Calcasieu Parish

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 13:45:25-04

Health officials have confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Calcasieu Parish.

According to KPLC, Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh with the Department of Health reported the case during a emergency briefing Thursday with parish officials.

The person is reportedly being kept in isolation and KPLC says Cavanaugh did not give details on where that person is receiving care.

“Now, more than ever, it is extremely important to continue socially distancing, as we have been talking about for a couple of weeks now,” Cavanaugh said. “To make sure that we are washing hands and that people are actually taking this virus seriously.”

On Thursday, March 19, the Louisiana Department of Health reported 347 cases of COVID-19 in the state. So far, eight deaths have been reported.

Four of those deaths were of residents of Lambeth House, a retirement home in Orleans Parish.

In Acadiana, along with Calcasieu, one case has been reported in St. Landry Parish. Two cases were reported on Wednesday, March 18 in Lafayette Parish.

Read more from KPLC, here.

For a look at the number of coronavirus cases across the state, click here.