UPDATE: 77 Coronavirus Cases in Louisiana – 1 Now in Bossier
Governor John Bel Edwards says there are now 67 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 including 1 new case in Bossier Parish. Dr. Martha Whyte with the Office of Public Health tells KEEL News the Bossier Parish case is a man in his mid 50's who had traveled to a high risk area. He is currently quarantined at home.
She tells us none of the new cases the Governor referenced during his noontime address are from Region 7 in NW Louisiana.
As of 10 this morning 8 Parishes now have cases:
1 in Bossier, 1 in Caddo, 7 in Jefferson, 36 in Orleans, 1 in St. Charles, 1 in St. John the Baptist, 2 in St. Tammany, and 2 in Terrebonne parishes. But the list of parishes is expected to be updated later today.
This number is expected to continue growing over the next few days.
Again, these are presumptive positive cases and must still be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
The Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for any patient with fever, respiratory symptoms and a negative influenza test.
All patients suspected (and undergoing testing) for COVID-19 should remain hospitalized if needed or isolate at home until they receive their test results.