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New testing labs show dramatic increase in Acadiana COVID-19 numbers

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Posted at 12:36 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 13:37:42-04

On Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health reported 612 new cases of COVID-19, of which 317 came from labs that are new to reporting. These labs previously have not reported and are now reporting all their historic lab results electronically.

This means 295 of the 612 new cases came from the rest of the regular reporting across the state.

LDH says they expect to see more labs across the state onboarding in a similar fashion as testing ramps up across the state.

With the three new labs reporting their cases, Acadiana has seen a large increase in numbers.

The most notable were in 4 parishes including Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin.

Iberia had a significant jump with 65 additional cases added on to Tuesdays numbers. The parish now has 352 where on Tuesday they reported 287.

St. Landry saw an increase of 26 cases where Lafayette Parish saw 25 additional cases of COVID-19. They are reporting 241 and 537 respectively.

St. Martin Parish cases also increased double digits. 12 additional COVID-19 cases were added on Wednesday's report. 276 cases in total have been reported.

One death was reported from St. Martin.

At 505 cases, Calcasieu had an increase of nine while Evangeline and St. Mary both increased by six new cases. Evangeline has 74 cases and St. Mary stands at 257.

Jeff Davis Parish and Vermilion both increased by one new case for 69 and 42 case totals respectively.

One case was removed from Acadia Parish. There are 151 cases reported there.

So far in May, there has been a steady increase in numbers throughout Acadiana. Deaths have seen a decrease over the past week with Monday showing no deaths reported for the region. Four deaths were reported on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.

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