BATON ROUGE – New data was released Sunday at lunch related to the number of patients in Louisiana impacted by COVID-19.
As of lunchtime on March 29 (Sunday), there were 3,540 cases of coronavirus in Louisiana. The state reported 151 people had died.
See the latest data by scrolling to the table in the middle of this story. It’s updated at noon daily.
On Saturday afternoon, a total of 137 Louisiana residents had died after contracting COVID-19 and state health officials say they’ve documented 3, 315 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. Those numbers were expected to increase Sunday.
New patient statistics are released every day at noon. Check the embedded data in the middle of this story.
The Department of Health said Sunday that 1,127 people, about 32% of the people diagnosed with COVID-19, were hospitalized. Of those, 380 patients required ventilation. As of Thursday, about 95 percent of those killed by the virus in Louisiana had pre-existing conditions.
The numbers only show the amount of patients hospitalized and do not indicate if those who are not in the care of doctors, and presumably self-isolating at home and away from people, have fully recovered. The state was pointed in its description of how to describe a recovered patient: “A person is considered recovered when it has been at least seven days after the onset of illness, AND at least three day after resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND resolution or improvement in respiratory symptoms.”
Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge General and Ochsner are treating patients.
The below map is provided by the state and is updated at noon daily; Cases released by hospitals or local governments during the day are not reported in the map until the next reporting deadline.
The tabs at the bottom of the map can be used to navigate limited information about the patients, including age groups.
To combat the spread, the state issued a stay-at-home order beginning Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. Many places where gatherings would happen: Bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms, theaters and other businesses were ordered closed earlier in the month.
Officials are hoping to reach a peak where the virus spread will not top the available healthcare resources in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Department of Health reported the state’s first positive case of the virus at an Orleans Parish hospital March 9. The Department of Health said the initial case was not travel-related and was “community acquired.”
The CDC is also urging all large events and mass gatherings, for 8 weeks, to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States to help prevent the spread.
The state has launched a hotline to answer the public’s questions about the virus. Anyone looking to use the service can dial 2-1-1 to be connected to the network. Written answers can be answered online at www.la211help.org.