COVID in LA

Today's update from the LA Dept. of Health has the number of total cases for the State at 160,283, an increase of 500 cases since yesterday. These numbers list 1,024 cases for Vernon, 980 cases for Beauregard, 1,530 cases for Allen, 4,067 cases for Rapides, 7,708 cases for Calcasieu, 825 cases for Sabine, and 1,071 cases for Natchitoches Parish. The numbers show 5,172 deaths so far from COVID-19 in the State, with 46 from Vernon Parish and 37 from Beauregard Parish. 

In Louisiana, 145,570 cases are presumed recovered since their positive result. A person is presumed recovered if 1) it has been more than 14 days, since they tested positive and they are not currently in the hospital or deceased (when hospital status is known), or 2) it has been more than 21 days, since they tested positive and they are not deceased (when hospital status is unknown). 

Texas has reported a total of 674,772 cases with 77 case in Sabine County, 170 cases in Newton County, 446 cases in Jasper County, 1,844 cases in Orange County, and 7,028 cases in Jefferson County.

The number of cases per Parish is listed at the bottom of this page. The Louisiana Department of Health updates case numbers once a day online at LDH.Louisiana.gov/coronavirus.

As of July 13th masks are now mandated statewide for anyone 8 years of age or older. Louisianans should wear face masks whenever they are in public, practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently and avoid going out in public when they are experiencing any symptoms.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has released details of his proclamation moving Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 to Phase 3. Some businesses will be able to increase their occupancy, and bars may reopen subject to certain restrictions, only in parishes that do not have high incidence of illness and only if local governments choose to opt in. 

  • Click here to read the updated Phase 3 order, which includes the closure of bars to on-site consumption, the statewide mask mandate and limitations on gathering size.
  • Click here to read the extension of emergency provisions that is also extended to October 9.

Fort Polk is still in Phase 3 of the installation's reopening:

  • The mask mandates remain across post.
  • Post gyms will be open from 0500 to 0900 for soldiers only. After 0900 they will be available to dependents and retirees.
  • Warrior Center will now allow up to 75 personnel for events.
  • MWR will bring back their events: movie nights, the catfish derby, the dye hard color run, and LA Hayride.
  • The Anvil bar reopened yesterday.
  • Religious services will be filled to 100% although live stream will still be available.
  • Pools will remain closed until next spring.
  • Trick or treat will be determined based on Gov. Edwards statements on Oct 9 when it is determined if we will move into a full Phase 3 status.
  • Travel has been extended to a 100 mile radius from post, not from soldiers homes who live off post.

Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital announced:

  • One visitor will be allowed in the Women's Health Center and the ER.
  • Appointments may be made using Tricare Online and by calling the appointment line but stressed that when appropriate patients should consider using the option of phone conferences.
  • There will still be COVID screening at entrances to the hospital.
  • Flu vaccines have been received only for those under 3 and over 65 – vaccines for the rest of the population are expected in October or November.
  • Tricare Open Season begins in mid November and runs into December.

Because of the critical need for healthcare workers, the State of Louisiana has created a volunteer website for students, graduates, or retirees of the health care profession. If you are qualified, willing and able to volunteer, please visit: covid-19lavolunteers.org

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that small businesses in all 64 Louisiana parishes will have access to federal Small Business Administration disaster aid in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza confirmed that Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small business are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans, which will be made available to eligible firms suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. 

Symptoms

For confirmed infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

Questions about Coronavirus?

If you have questions about Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 from 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Cases by Parish: 

Ascension 3,657

Assumption 740

Avoyelles 1,461

Beauregard 980

Bienville 452

Bossier 3,068

Caddo 8,188

Calcasieu 7,708

Caldwell 298

Cameron 220

Catahoula 426

Claiborne 485

Concordia 499

De Soto 876

East Baton Rouge 14,813

East Carroll 541

East Feliciana 1,713

Evangeline 1,288

Franklin 1,179

Grant 479

Iberia 2,868

Iberville 1,403

Jackson 611

Jefferson 17,198

Jefferson Davis 1,219

La Salle 417

Lafayette 8,778

Lafourche 3,523

Lincoln 1,097

Livingston 3,677

Madison 861

Morehouse 743

Natchitoches 1,071

Orleans 12,287

Ouachita 6,010

Parish Under Investigation 190

Plaquemines 661

Pointe Coupee 1,037

Rapides 4,067

Red River 351

Richland 746

Sabine 825

St. Bernard 1,350

St. Charles 1,756

St. Helena 399

St. James 792

St. John the Baptist 1,574

St. Landry 3,248

St. Martin 2,062

St. Mary 1,865

St. Tammany 6,779

Tangipahoa 4,365

Tensas 158

Terrebonne 3,566

Union 940

Vermilion 1,991

Vernon 1,024

Washington 1,587

Webster 1,174

West Baton Rouge 878

West Carroll 336

West Feliciana 678

Winn 603

Acadia 2,917

Allen 1,530

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