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Report: Lafayette metro #6 in country for new COVID-19 cases per capita over last week

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Posted at 9:51 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 22:51:47-04

Louisiana has claimed two spots in a new report from a New Orleans-area investigative reporter.

According to Fox 8's Lee Zurik, who has been tracking COVID-19 data since the pandemic struck the state, Lafayette has the sixth most positive cases of COVID-19 per capita in the country over the last seven days. That's 270 new positive cases for every 100,000 residents.

Coming in at #1 is the Lake Charles metropolitan area, with 406 new cases per 100,000 residents over the last week.

The Department of Health did not update its data on Saturday in observance of Independence Day, but cumulative data from 6/18-6/24 shows that Lafayette Parish as a whole reported 207 cases per 100K residents over the 7 day period.

As of Friday, July 3, Lafayette Parish reported 2,645 coronavirus cases. Calcasieu reported 2,000. Lafayette and Calcasieu reported the highest increases in the Acadiana region on Friday, with Lafayette reporting 173 new cases and Calcasieu reporting 148.

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