St. Landry Parish sees deaths increase with highest total from COVID-19 in Acadiana

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 13:30:28-04

More than a dozen deaths were reported in Acadiana since Monday's COVID-19 update from the Louisiana Department of Health.

St. Landry Parish has seen the highest increase with 6 lives lost to the virus since that update. As a reminder, deaths reported on Tuesday may not have happened within the last 24 hours but may be over the past several days.
The parish has now seen a total of 26 deaths, the highest in Acadiana.

In a breakdown in deaths by race, LDH reports that the majority of deaths were in the white population with 20. Deaths of Black individuals were at 4 and 2 were listed as unknown.

St. Mary Parish has continued to see an increase in deaths over the past week. On Tuesday, 4 more deaths were reported, bring their total to 16. A number of deaths according to Parish officials are linked to a nursing home facility in Franklin, Louisiana. The parish's confirmed cases increased by 4 since Monday to 160.

No specific breakdowns were provided for St. Mary Parish.

Three other parishes saw an increase of 1 death on Tuesday, those include Calcasieu, St. Martin and Iberia Parishes. Acadiana has a total of 115 deaths reported.

Overall, Acadiana saw coronavirus cases increase by 23, bringing the total cases in the area to 1,694. For a list of numbers in each parish, click here.

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