COVID-19 cases at 86 in parish
The Louisiana Department of Health reported 86 COVID-19 cases in St. Landry Parish and four deaths in its noon Wednesday update.
On Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “We are seeing early signs that the curve is starting to flatten, though we can’t say that in all confidence.”
He added, “What this means is, we have to continue to do the things that have caused the slowing of the spread, and that’s the mitigation measures, the stay-at-home order. You want to see our numbers spike, you stop those mitigation measures, and I promise you they will be right back up there. This week is still going to be difficult and next week will be difficult.”
There are 86 cases reported in Acadia Parish. There were two deaths attributed to the virus in Acadia Parish.
In Evangeline Parish, there were 25 cases and no deaths.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said only one positive case has been reported from Acadian Medical Center.
As of noon Wednesday, the Department reported 746 additional cases since yesterday, bringing the total to 17,030 positive cases.
A total of 1,983 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized; of those, 490 patients require ventilation.
There have been 652 deaths from the virus.
COVID-19 cases have been found in 63 in 64 parishes.
The Department stated COVID-19 cases have been reported by 93 nursing homes in Louisiana. For context, there are a total of 436 nursing homes and adult residential care facilities in Louisiana. Within nursing homes, 557 patients have been reported to have COVID-19; among nursing home residents 130 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.
The state is now number one in testing per capita, he said.