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Wednesday's COVID-19 update show large increase in Iberia Parish cases

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 18:08:52-04

Acadiana is still seeing a steady increase in the number of coronavirus cases at each daily update from the Louisiana Department of Health.

Iberia parish cases spiked dramatically on Wednesday with a report of 22 new cases. The parish only reported one new case in Tuesday's numbers but did see a similar increase on Monday with 10 new cases reported. Overall on Wednesday the parish recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases.

Health Officials have said that spikes in cases can be due to a backlog of testing kits coming in to LDH

One new death was also listed for Iberia.

St. Martin Parish reported 9 new cases after having no new cases reported on Tuesday. The parish has reported 202 cases overall with 13 deaths. No new deaths were added in Wednesday's update

Lafayette Parish increased their total by another 6 cases. On Tuesday, LDH reported 6 new cases. Today, the number of cases is at 435 with no new deaths.

Calcasieu Parish is reporting 7 new cases in the Wednesday update with 3 deaths. Also with three new deaths reported is St. Landry Parish. On Wednesday the number of deaths increased to 29, up from 26 on Tuesday.

At an Opelousas Council meeting, Dr. Tina Stefanski with the Office of Public Health said that 25 of 28 deaths were associated with area nursing homes. Tuesday's numbers saw the deaths increase by 6 with the two additional deaths announced at the council meeting.

Read more here.

St. Mary Parish's cases have declined over the week. On Monday the parish reported 7 new cases with one death. On Tuesday there were 4 new cases but a spike in the reported deaths. Wednesday saw only 2 cases reported and one additional death.

St. Mary Parish has a total of 162 cases with 17 deaths reported.

Jeff Davis Parish and Vermilion Parish saw no increases in Wednesday's report. Evangeline Parish added one new case after several days of reporting no new numbers.

For a look at coronavirus cases and deaths in the state,click here.

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