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Acadiana region leads the state for COVID-19 outbreaks in schools

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 16:10:46-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting that Region 4, which includes most parishes in Acadiana, has the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in schools across the state.

According to the LDH COVID-19 Outbreaks page, Region 4 has 97 total cases in K-12 schools as of Wednesday, Sept. 23. That number includes 71 students and 26 faculty, staff and/or volunteers.

LDH reports that Region 2 in Baton Rouge has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in schools in the state with 96 total, which includes 72 students and 24 faculty and staff.

A grand total of 523 cases are being reported in 1103 enrolled schools across the state, which includes 361 students and 162 faculty and staff.

According to LDH, cases are defined as individuals reported to have positive SARS-CoV-2 molecular or antigen laboratory tests. The cases are self-reported by K-12 schools currently enrolled in the school reporting system.

LDH reports this information every Wednesday and defines an outbreak as 2 or more cases among unrelated individuals that have visited a site within a 14-day time period. Their reports can be viewed here

As of Sept. 23, the number of coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana increased by 440 and the number of deaths had increased by 7, according to the LDH dashboard. The total number of cases in the state is now at 162,645 and the number of deaths is 5,225 as of Wednesday.

LDH reports that 149,640 patients are "presumed recovered." There are 592 people currently hospitalized, and 94 of those are on ventilators.

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