UPDATE: 103 Cases of Coronavirus in Louisiana – 2 Deaths
The numbers of Coronavirus cases in Louisiana keeps rising. As of Sunday afternoon there are now 103 cases in Louisiana. There are now 2 cases in Caddo Parish and 1 in Bossier Parish.
2 people have died including a 58-year-old woman in Orleans Parish. The 2nd death is a 53-year-old from Orleans Parish who also had underlying medical conditions. The patient was being treated at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.
"Sadly, we have lost our second Louisianan to COVID-19,” said Gov. Edwards. “We ask the state to join us in sending prayers to the family members and friends who are going through this difficult time. As the number of positive cases continues to rise, we need every person to take the necessary actions to help reduce the spread of this virus. It is an extremely serious situation that demands all of our attention. Our elderly and those with chronic health conditions are the most vulnerable, but we all need to act responsibly and look out for ourselves and our neighbors.”
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.
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 clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Avoiding close contact with others
And staying home if you are sick
Dr. Martha Whyte with the Office of Public Health for Region 7 posted this message on Facebook to try to clear up some of the myths you might be hearing.