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COVID-19: State update - 170,621 cases and 5,416 deaths

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 13:12:02-04

As of October 8, the number of coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana increased by 526 and the number of deaths had increased by 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

The total number of cases in the state is now at 170,621 and the number of deaths is 5,416 as of Thursday.

LDH says that the collection dates for most of these cases fall between September 30 and October 7, 2020. 93 percent of the cases reported to the state Thursday were community spread. 7 percent of the cases reported to the state were in congregate settings.

LDH reports that 157,873 patients are "presumed recovered." (These numbers are normally updated on Mondays; last update 10/05/20).

Since Wednesday, 12,300 new tests have been reported to the state, bringing the total number of tests to 2,437,687.

According to LDH, 564 people are currently hospitalized (up 12 from Wednesday), and 79 of those are on ventilators (up 1 from Wednesday).

Parishes in Acadiana

Acadia - 3,014 cases (up 10) | 99 deaths (no change)

Calcasieu - 8,005 cases (up 19) | 217 deaths (no change)

Evangeline - 1,351 cases (up 1) | 34 deaths (no change)

Iberia - 3,014 cases (up 17) | 90 deaths (no change)

Jefferson Davis - 1,282 cases (down 1) | 39 deaths (no change)

Lafayette - 9,120 cases (up 14) | 135 deaths (no change)

St. Landry - 3,433 cases (up 10) | 129 deaths (up 1)

St. Martin - 2,131 cases (up 12) | 61 deaths (no change)

St. Mary - 1,962 cases (down 1) | 78 deaths (no change)

Vermilion - 2,066 (up 56) | 66 deaths (no change)

See the full breakdown from the Louisiana Department of Health, here.
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FROM WEDNESDAY

As of October 7, the number of coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana increased by 1,053 and the number of deaths had increased by 9, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

The total number of cases in the state is now at 170,097 and the number of deaths is 5,411 as of Wednesday.

LDH states on its website that the 1,052 new cases includes a backlog of 406 cases with collection dates before 9/16.

According to its Twitter page, 432 of Wednesday’s reported cases are attributed to a backlog of cases with collection dates ranging from June to September. The cases will be attributed to those dates on the Department’s dashboard.

"Because of the daily removal of newly identified duplicates and out of state cases, the new case increase may not match the difference between today’s and yesterday's total case count," LDH states in another tweet. "The collection dates for most of these cases fall between September 29 and October 6, 2020."

LDH is also reporting that 98% of the cases reported to the state Wednesday were community spread, while 2% of the cases reported to the state were in congregate settings.

According to LDH, people aged 29 and under represent 39% of these cases and 27% are individuals between 18-29. Since Tuesday, LDH is reporting that 23,032 new tests have been reported to the state, bringing the total number of tests to 2,425,387.

Parishes in Acadiana

Acadia - 3,004 cases (up 4) | 99 deaths (no change)

Calcasieu - 7,986 cases (up 32) | 217 deaths (no change)

Evangeline - 1,350 cases (down 3) | 34 deaths (no change)

Iberia - 2,997 cases (down 1) | 90 deaths (no change)

Jefferson Davis - 1,283 cases (up 4) | 39 deaths (no change)

Lafayette - 9,106 cases (up 24) | 135 deaths (no change)

St. Landry - 3,423 cases (up 20) | 128 deaths (no change)

St. Martin - 2,119 cases (down 9) | 61 deaths (no change)

St. Mary - 1,963 cases (up 7) | 78 deaths (no change)

Vermilion - 2,010 (up 10) | 66 deaths (no change)

See the full breakdown from the Louisiana Department of Health, here.

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On Saturday, July 18, the Louisiana Department of Health announced it will no longer be updating information on the COVID-19 dashboard on Saturdays. Information will be updated at noon daily except on Saturdays.

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