Additional Lab Reporting Leads To Big Jump In COVID-19 Cases In Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Health reported Thursday the number of COVID-19 cases had increased by 1,188 to a total of 36,504.

LDH said most of the spike, 682, came from labs newly reporting cases, some as from as far back as March 25.

“While this is the biggest single increase in cases we have seen since April 9, it is important to understand the context,” said Dr. Alex Billioux, the assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health. “Not only are there cases here dating back to late March, but we also have increased testing. That only 6.1% of all these test results are positive is a good sign. Our goal is to keep that number below 10%, the goal set by the federal government.”

“We believe we are beginning to see the impact of comprehensive testing across congregate settings and workplace outbreaks. This is what suppression of COVID-19 looks like—and it is critical to moving our state forward,” Dr. Billioux said.

LDH noted that it expects to see higher case counts as testing continues to ramp up.

The death toll from the coronavirus stood at 2,506. The number of patients hospitalized continued to fall, down to 884 with 107 remaining on ventilators.

Here is the latest parish-by-parish breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as of Noon 5/21/20 from the LDH online dashboard:

Jefferson - 7,175 case(s) | 432 death(s)

Orleans - 6,904 case(s) | 500 death(s)

East Baton Rouge - 3,319 case(s) | 225 death(s)

Caddo - 2,272 case(s) | 156 death(s)

St. Tammany - 1,599 case(s) | 154 death(s)

Ouachita - 1,032 case(s) | 34 death(s)

St. John the Baptist - 838 case(s) | 77 death(s)

Ascension - 782 case(s) | 52 death(s)

Tangipahoa - 767 case(s) | 31 death(s)

Lafourche - 763 case(s) | 64 death(s)

Lafayette - 631 case(s) | 23 death(s)

St. Charles - 618 case(s) | 43 death(s)

Terrebonne - 614 case(s) | 45 death(s)

Rapides - 591 case(s) | 16 death(s)

Calcasieu - 548 case(s) | 42 death(s)

Iberville - 540 case(s) | 39 death(s)

St. Bernard - 521 case(s) | 21 death(s)

Iberia - 384 case(s) | 35 death(s)

Washington - 383 case(s) | 36 death(s)

Bossier - 374 case(s) | 24 death(s)

Livingston - 363 case(s) | 26 death(s)

St. James - 289 case(s) | 24 death(s)

St. Mary - 288 case(s) | 29 death(s)

Franklin - 287 case(s) | 9 death(s)

St. Martin - 287 case(s) | 22 death(s)

Union - 287 case(s) | 16 death(s)

Acadia - 269 case(s) | 15 death(s)

St. Landry - 244 case(s) | 52 death(s)

Assumption - 238 case(s) | 11 death(s)

De Soto - 235 case(s) | 16 death(s)

Plaquemines - 197 case(s) | 16 death(s)

West Feliciana - 193 case(s) | 8 death(s)

East Feliciana - 183 case(s) | 27 death(s)

Pointe Coupee - 181 case(s) | 22 death(s)

Allen - 172 case(s) | 10 death(s)

West Baton Rouge - 152 case(s) | 30 death(s)

Natchitoches - 141 case(s) | 13 death(s)

Lincoln - 130 case(s) | 14 death(s)

Webster - 126 case(s) | 5 death(s)

Bienville - 114 case(s) | 21 death(s)

Richland - 113 case(s) | 2 death(s)

Catahoula - 112 case(s) | 3 death(s)

Morehouse - 108 case(s) | 5 death(s)

Winn - 100 case(s) | 2 death(s)

Avoyelles - 99 case(s) | 9 death(s)

Evangeline - 83 case(s) | 1 death(s)

Jackson - 80 case(s) | 10 death(s)

Parish Under Investigation - 78 case(s) | 0 death(s)

Jefferson Davis - 72 case(s) | 6 death(s)

Concordia - 68 case(s) | 5 death(s)

Claiborne - 58 case(s) | 10 death(s)

Beauregard - 54 case(s) | 4 death(s)

Caldwell - 51 case(s) | 0 death(s)

East Carroll - 51 case(s) | 0 death(s)

Vermilion - 50 case(s) | 3 death(s)

La Salle - 45 case(s) | 1 death(s)

Red River - 44 case(s) | 6 death(s)

Madison - 43 case(s) | 0 death(s)

St. Helena - 43 case(s) | 1 death(s)

Sabine - 39 case(s) | 0 death(s)

Grant - 26 case(s) | 1 death(s)

Vernon - 22 case(s) | 2 death(s)

West Carroll - 21 case(s) | 0 death(s)

Tensas - 10 case(s) | 0 death(s)

Cameron - 3 case(s) | 0 death(s)

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