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Saturday numbers see spike in confirmed Lafayette, St. Mary COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 6:29 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 19:29:24-04

Acadiana saw a spike in total number of reported cases of coronavirus in Saturday's report from the Louisiana Department of Health.

66 new cases and 4 deaths were reported on Saturday, for a total of 2,309 cases and 201 deaths in Acadiana. This is a sharp increase from the 14 cases reported on Friday. The number of reported deaths is lower than in recent days - Calcasieu, Lafayette, St. Martin, and St. Mary each reported just one additional death.

St. Mary and Lafayette Parish each saw a double-digit increase of cases. St. Mary reported 18 cases on Saturday after seeing just 2 on Friday; it now has a total of 242 cases. 1 death was reported for a total of 26 in the parish.

Lafayette Parish continues to report the highest number of cases in Acadiana, just short of 500. Lafayette recorded the second highest increase on Saturday with 17 new reported cases. The parish saw 1 additional death and is now reporting a total of 498 cases and 22 deaths.

After reporting low numbers in recent days, Acadia Parish saw a spike in cases on Saturday with 9 reported. Friday, Acadia saw no change and reported only 2 new cases on Thursday. Saturday saw no deaths reported in the parish. Acadia now has a total of 151 cases and 11 deaths.

St. Martin Parish also reported one additional death on Saturday. The parish's case numbers have remained relatively steady over the past few days, only reporting three cases since Thursday. St. Martin now reports 257 cases and 21 deaths.

In Calcasieu Parish, officials are reporting 9 additional cases of coronavirus and one additional death. Calcasieu has seen some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 in the area and is now reporting 490 cases and 37 deaths.

St. Landry Parish is reporting the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the region; however, the parish reported no additional deaths on Saturday. None have been reported since Thursday, when they reported one.

Iberia, Jeff Davis, and Vermilion Parishes saw slight increases in case and death numbers on Saturday. Iberia reported two additional cases and no deaths, for a total of 285 cases and 26 deaths. Jeff Davis and Vermilion each saw one additional case and no deaths. Jeff Davis now has 67 cases and 6 deaths, and Vermilion has 41 cases and 2 deaths.

Finally, Evangeline Parish saw no change with Saturday's numbers. Evangeline has seen very little change over the past few days, only reporting 3 additional cases since Thursday. No deaths have been recorded since the first one on April 30.

Since last Saturday's update, Acadiana has seen an increase of 209 cases and 25 deaths. Statewide, Louisiana is reporting 31,417 cases and 2,194 deaths.

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