COVID-19

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ICU/Ventilators nearing capacity as tidal wave of cases peaks

Louisiana’s COVID-19 case count soared by nearly 2,000 Monday as an avalanche of test results flooded in. The state posted 1,857 new cases and 35 more deaths since Sunday. The trajectory of Louisiana’s death count appears to have leveled off, now at 512 reported deaths Monday, but, “It’s going to be the hardest, saddest week for Americans,” warns U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, citing total American deaths to top 10,000 this week. Louisiana continues to lead in per capita death rate with St. John the Baptist Parish at nearly 30 per 100,000 residents. Orleans Parish has 25.

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COVID-19 cases rise again

On the day New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio called for a national draft of retired doctors and medical workers to be rushed to New York City, Louisiana COVID-19 cases broke above 10,000 to 10,297 cases. That's up by 1,147 new cases but that number represents half the increase seen Thursday which set a record 2,726 new cases. Governor John Bel Edwards said in his Friday press conference that's due in large part because Louisiana now ranks second in the nation for testing per capita.

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Louisiana Department of Health COVID-19 Updates for April 3

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health has updated its website to reflect the latest number of positives and will continue to update its website at noon each day.
As of noon on April 3, the Department reported 1,147 additional cases since yesterday, bringing the total to 10,297 positive cases.

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.

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