As of noon on April 11, the Louisiana Department of Health says there are now 20,014 confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state. This includes 761 additional cases than were reported yesterday.
A total of 806 people have died of the disease in Louisiana. This includes 51 additional deaths than were reported yesterday.
A total of 2,067 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized with 470 patients requiring ventilators. This is 13 additional hospitalizations and 9 fewer ventilators than were reported yesterday.
In Saturday's update, numbers in Acadiana rose again.
Parishes in Acadiana
Acadia - 98 cases, 4 deaths
Calcasieu - 248 cases, 8 deaths
Evangeline - 34 cases
Iberia - 128 cases, 5 deaths
Jeff Davis - 35 cases, 3 deaths
Lafayette - 337 cases, 12 deaths
St. Landry - 109 cases, 11 deaths
St. Martin- 146 cases, 7 deaths
St. Mary - 105 cases, 2 deaths
There are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents of Legacy Nursing Home in Franklin. Five employees have also tested positive, and more are awaiting test results. Read more here.
Vermilion - 24 cases, 1 death
For a break down of all the parishes and more details from the Louisiana Department of Health click here.
The Louisiana Department of Health added the following statement to Saturday's update, regarding testing in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes:
"Today, you will see a shift in testing by parish numbers for Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. This shift will not change the cumulative number of completed tests and will not change the number of positive cases. Positive cases are reported by parish of residence. Tests are reported by the parish where the test was administered. It was discovered that testing counts from a large testing center in Jefferson Parish, as well as the drive-through testing operations at the Alario Center also in Jefferson Parish, were being incorrectly attributed to Orleans Parish. This has been corrected."
The LA Dept. of Health have started to report demographic data on the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19. LDH states that information on these conditions will be updated weekly.
As of noon on April 7, the LA Dept. of Health reported death by race:
- 70.48% - Black
- 28.61% - White
- 0.90% - Asian
As of noon on April 7, the Department reported death by ethnicity:
- 98% - Non-Hispanic/Latino
- 2.00% - Hispanic/Latino
As of noon on April 7, the Department reported death by underlying conditions:
- 66.4% - Hypertension
- 43.52% - Diabetes
- 25.1% - Chronic kidney disease
- 24.7% - Obesity
- 22.67% - Cardiac Disease
- 13.97% - Pulmonary
- 11.54% - Congestive Heart Failure
- 10.93% - Neurological
- 9.92% - Cancer
- 4.66% - Asthma
While older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, everyone can become exposed to COVID-19 and must be vigilant to protect their health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the serious chronic health conditions include heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
For updates on positive cases and deaths, visit the Louisiana Department of Health's COVID-19 webpage.
The Louisiana Department of Health says that everyone is warned to take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.
These precautions include:
- Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
- Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
- Avoiding touching your face
- Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
- Avoiding close contact with others
- And staying home if you are sick
If you have questions about coronavirus, contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211. Or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available. Updates can be seen at ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus