By Harlan Kirgan
The first positive COVID-19 case in Eunice was reported on Monday in a news release from Acadian Medical Center.
St. Landry Parish had its first reported death from the virus, also on Monday.
The number of cases in St. Landry Parish at noon Wednesday reported by the Louisiana Department of Health was 45, up from 15 cases at noon Monday.
The health department reported 6,424 cases in the state, 273 deaths, 1,498 people hospitalized and 490 patients on ventilation.
Positive cases are being reported from 60 of the 64 parishes.
By Harlan Kirgan
Coronavirus numbers were up again Wednesday in Louisiana by 1,187 additional cases over a 24-hour period. Louisiana Department of Health reports a moderation in the death rate, posting 34 more deaths when 54 Louisianans had died the day before. LDH reports 6,424 Louisianans have the Coronavirus of which nearly 1,500 have been admitted to hospitals. Nearly 500 are on ventilators and hospital officials say they are running out of the machines. Ventilators enable patients to cut recovery times by up to 75%.
Ken Cochran, president and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, speaks at a news conference held Tuesday at the St. Landry Economic Development office. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)
After a news conference in Opelousas on Tuesday, Ken Cochran, president and CEO of Opelousas General Health System, said a model projects the number of COVID-19 cases at 800 to 3,000.
Even 800 cases would exceed the approximate 250 hospital beds in the parish.
During the news conference called by St. Landry Parish Government, Cochran said Opelousas hospital is renovating its fourth floor to create 24 isolation rooms. Once completed by end of this week, the hospital will have 41 isolation beds where negative air pressure reduces viral particles in the air, he said.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot announced the closing of the city’s parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities effective today.
The mayor’s order is in compliance with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proclamation about staying at home.
The City of Eunice is committed to Louisiana’s effort of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the citizens of our community, Fontenot stated.