The State Office of Public Health has released new numbers in the fight against the Coronavirus and 479 people in Louisiana have now tested positive. 10 people have died as a result of the virus. Numbers now show 13 cases in Caddo, 4 in Bossier and 1 in Webster Parish. The report shows 1047 people have been tested by the state lab. This does not include testing done by private labs. 299 of the cases are in Orleans Parish.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Office of Public Health continue to closely monitor this outbreak.

To prevent the spread of infection, the Louisiana Department of Health is heavily engaged in priority public health actions. These actions include, but are not limited to:

  1. working with healthcare facilities with presumptive patients to identify exposed healthcare workers and make appropriate recommendations;
  2. ensuring all recommended infection control precautions are implemented in the healthcare facilities until we determine that the patient is no longer infectious,
  3. notifying and monitoring close contacts;
  4. coordinating with CDC