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COVID-19: State update - 49,385 coronavirus cases, 2,992 deaths

Duplicate and out-of-state cases removed from totals
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Posted at 1:15 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 13:11:45-04

As of June 20, the number of coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana increased by 870 and the number of deaths had increased by 20.

The number of cases in the state is now at 49,385. A total of 2,992 people have died of the disease in Louisiana as of Saturday.

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting that 37,017 coronavirus patients are "presumed recovered" (updated weekly, last updated 6/14/20).

The LDH reports on Saturday that 574 people are hospitalized (up 13 since Friday). Of those, 73 required ventilators (down 2 from Friday).

The LDH says it has implemented a new process for improved de-duplication and parish assignment of data received from labs around the state.

In doing so, LDH says it has identified a total of existing duplicate cases as well as cases of out-of-state residents.

Parishes in Acadiana

Acadia - 646 cases (up 7) | 32 deaths (no change)

Calcasieu - 876 cases (up 45) | 53 deaths (up 1)

Evangeline - 123 cases (up 3) | 1 death (no change)

Iberia - 465 cases (up 6) | 42 deaths (no change)

Jefferson Davis - 203 cases (up 14) | 7 deaths (no change)

Lafayette - 1,364 cases (up 54) | 33 deaths (up 1)

St. Landry - 462 cases (up 9)| 55 deaths (no change)

St. Martin - 509 cases (up 26) | 28 deaths (no change)

St. Mary - 378 cases (up 5) | 35 deaths (no change)

Vermilion - 130 cases (up 9) | 5 deaths (no change)
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INFORMATION FROM FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH

Press release from LDH -

Baton Rouge, La. (June 19, 2020) — The Louisiana Department of Health reports 787 cases reported to the state since June 18, 2020, bringing total COVID-19 cases to 48,515. Today’s total case count reflects an additional increase of 760 cases that would have been reported on June 18, 2020, and a decrease of 1,666 duplicate and out-of-state cases. LDH reported 7 new COVID-19 deaths on June 18 and today reports an additional 15 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 2,972 COVID-19 deaths.

LDH has developed and implemented a new process for improved de-duplication and parish assignment of data received from labs around the state. In doing so, LDH identified a total of 1,666 existing duplicate cases as well as cases of out-of-state residents. LDH did not update its dashboard on June 18 to ensure it had identified impacted data. These data have been removed in the updated case count today.

Of today’s 787 cases, just 7% are from congregate settings, such as nursing homes. The remaining 93% are a result of community spread. Of yesterday’s 760 cases, 9% are from congregate settings, and 91% are associated with community spread.

“Cases are rising across Louisiana, especially but not solely in the Acadiana, Central and Southwest regions of the state. We are seeing increases in hospitalizations too,” said Dr. Alex Billioux, assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health. “These increases and decreases do not just happen. They are a direct result of our everyday actions. We did the hard work in flattening the curve early on. We stayed home, wore masks and stayed six feet apart. Thank you to everyone who continues to do so – it is the only way we will get through this.”

The rise in cases and hospitalizations comes despite LDH continuously de-duplicating data received from testing labs around the state. Clearing out duplicate data is important to ensure the most accurate reporting of cases.

The Department reports data as it is made available and reported to the state. Every day, LDH receives test results from multiple sources, including providers and labs. While the Department does work to deduplicate the data for daily reporting there is inevitably a tradeoff between precision and frequency of reporting. LDH will continue to conduct quality checks of its data.

Previously, LDH assigned individuals who it could not link to their true parish of residence to the parish where testing was performed. The Department now has a process that allows for more accurate identification of the person’s place of residence and if someone from out-of-state is tested in Louisiana. LDH also reviews the data weekly. In some cases, this may result in a patient being shifted to a different parish or state.

Additional localized data added to dashboard

LDH today will add multiple indicators to its dashboard to help the general public and local leaders better understand the localized impacts of COVID-19, including:

  • Percent positivity and testing volume by region (to be updated weekly on Wednesdays)
  • Incidence map by parish (to be updated weekly on Wednesdays)
  • Hospitalizations and patients on ventilators by region (to be updated daily)

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Numbers update from June 19 -

As of June 19, the number of coronavirus cases reported in Louisiana decreased by 119 and the number of deaths had increased by 22.

The Louisiana Department of Health says it has implemented a new process for improved de-duplication and parish assignment of data received from labs around the state.

In doing so, LDH says it has identified a total of 1,666 existing duplicate cases as well as cases of out-of-state residents.

The have been removed in the updated case count on Friday, June 19. See the full release from LDH below.

The number of cases in the state is now at 48,515. A total of 2,972 people have died of the disease in Louisiana as of Friday.

On Thursday, June 18, LDH was reviewing all of its state coronavirus data and did not provide an update. Friday's update reflects the review of that data by the department.

The LDH is reporting that 37,017 coronavirus patients are "presumed recovered" (updated weekly, last updated 6/15/20).

The LDH reports on Friday that 561 people are hospitalized (down 18). Of those, 75 required ventilators (down 8).

Parishes in Acadiana

Acadia - 639 cases (up 14) | 32 deaths (no change)

Calcasieu - 831 cases (up 7) | 52 deaths (no change)

Evangeline - 120 cases (up 20) | 1 death (no change)

Iberia - 459 cases (down 42) | 42 deaths (no change)

Jefferson Davis - 189 cases (up 27) | 7 deaths (no change)

Lafayette - 1,310 cases (up 8) | 32 deaths (no change)

St. Landry - 453 cases (up 60)| 55 deaths (no change)

St. Martin - 483 cases (up 42) | 28 deaths (no change)

St. Mary - 373 cases (up 10) | 35 deaths (up 2)

Vermilion - 121 cases (up 22) | 5 deaths (no change)

For a break down of all the parishes and more details from the Louisiana Department of Health click here.

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FROM MAY 25 UPDATE:

Nursing homes
Nursing homes are required to report positive COVID-19 cases to the Department of Health. The Department is working with each individual facility to increase testing of residents with and without symptoms; to minimize infection; and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The greatest risk for nursing homes is COVID-19 spreading within facilities and among vulnerable residents. A nursing home with residents who have tested positive for the illness is not a threat to the general public.

The Department is following recent CMS requirements and only certified nursing facilities are required to report the information in this report. This information is as complete and accurate as possible. It will be reported weekly on Mondays. Click here for the full report.

Other adult residential facilities
In addition, the Department is sharing aggregate totals for other adult residential facilities, which are not certified and not required to report on a federal level. This information will be shared on Mondays through a Department news release. Today, the Department is reporting a total of 607 COVID-19 cases among residents of other adult residential facilities and 91 deaths. 108 facilities are reporting at least one COVID-19 case.

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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.

The Louisiana Department of Health says that 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

If you have questions about coronavirus, contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available. Updates can be seen at ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus