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COVID-19: State update - 10,297 coronavirus cases, 370 deaths

Posted: 11:00 AM, Apr 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-04-03 13:58:52-04
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As of noon on April 3, the Louisiana Department of Health reported 1,140 additional cases since Thursday, bringing the total to 10,297 positive cases.

So far, 370 people have died.

In Friday's update, numbers in Acadiana rose again.

Parishes in Acadiana

Acadia - 72 cases, 1 death (89 years old)

Calcasieu - 119 cases, 1 death (76 years old)

Evangeline - 18 cases

Iberia - 78 cases, 3 death

Jeff Davis - 14 cases

Lafayette - 276 cases, 2 deaths

St. Landry - 68 cases, 2 death

St. Martin- 69 case, 3 deaths (41, 71 and 89 years old)

St. Mary - 47 cases

Vermilion - 18 cases, 1 death (69 years old)

On Thursday, COVID-19 1,707 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 535 require ventilation.

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Hospitalization
A total of 1,707 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 535 patients require ventilation. Information on available hospital beds, ICU beds, and hospital vents is on the LDH dashboard.

Deaths
The Department reports an additional 60 deaths since yesterday, bringing the total to 370 deaths. Deaths are listed on the LDH dashboard by parish under the by parish tab and information by age can be found on the by age group tab.

Long-term care facilities
COVID-19 cases have been reported by 61 nursing homes in Louisiana. For context, there are a total of 436 nursing homes and adult residential care facilities in Louisiana. Within nursing homes, 261 patients have been reported to have COVID-19; among nursing home residents 60 deaths have been reported. These facilities care for thousands of Louisianans, including older people and those with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk for complications and death from COVID-19.

In many cases, a nursing home resident is tested and diagnosed with COVID by a provider outside of the long-term care facility. The facilities have begun self-reporting positive cases to the Department of Health. Due to the volume, the Department is no longer listing individual facilities. The Department continues to work with facilities to minimize the spread of the illness and protect residents and staff. Facilities have been given guidance to minimize the spread of illness.

The Department will update the number of nursing homes with COVID cases, the number of nursing home residents who are confirmed to have COVID-19 and the number of deaths among these residents on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Volunteers
Medical volunteers interested in volunteering should register with Louisiana Volunteers in Action at www.lava.dhh.louisiana.gov. Medical and non-medical volunteers 18 years of age and older are welcome.

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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