BATON ROUGE – The state will reveal the latest number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana every day at noon. Scroll to the table in the middle of the page to see real-time information as it becomes available.
As of lunchtime Tuesday, March 31, there were 5,237 cases of coronavirus in Louisiana. The state reported 239 people had died.
A total of thirteen coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in East Baton Rouge Parish, the coroner revealed via a Tuesday morning statement.
East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark reports that his office investigated a coronavirus-related death that occurred Monday (March 30).
Dr. Clark says the deceased EBR resident was an 81-year-old male who suffered from more than one chronic condition and was seen at a local hospital on March 23. While there he was tested positive for COVID-19.
New patient statistics are released every day at noon. Check the embedded data in the middle of this story.
The Department of Health said Monday that 1,158 people, about 29% of the people diagnosed with COVID-19, were hospitalized. Of those, 385 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.
Set to expire in mid-April, the governor said at a news conference on Sunday, March 29, the order may need to be extended after April 13 and any decision will be made closer to the originally-scheduled end date of the order. On Monday (March 30), the governor said he’ll make a decision on the stay at home order and social distancing guidelines by the end of the week (March 30-April 3).
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.