BATON ROUGE – Health officials reported 612 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 32,662 confirmed cases as the state inches closer to reopening.
The governor’s office says the spike in new cases Wednesday was largely due to older tests from different testing cites that are finally being accounted for.
ALSO: don’t freak about the 613 new cases today. That includes 317 cases from labs that are new to reporting to @LADeptHealth & are now reporting historic data. Without these labs, Louisiana would only report 295 new cases of #COVID19.@LouisianaGov will talk about this today.
— Christina “MASK UP” Stephens (@CEStephens) May 13, 2020
Officials reported 34 more deaths, bringing a statewide total of 2,315 deaths. According to the state, a total of 22,608 people have recovered from the virus as of Sunday.
The daily number of patients hospitalized saw a decrease, going from 1,320 to 1,194 patients.
On Monday, Governor Edwards announced that the state would enter the first phase of reopening the state. The new proclamation will allow most businesses to reopen statewide with limits on capacity.
You can find more details on the order here.
The state releases updated number of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana at noon every day. Scroll to the data in the middle of the page for details.
Specific, parish-by-parish data is available by navigating to the “By Parish” tab on the data feed in the middle of this story.
As of Wednesday(5/13), parish cases:
Ascension: 704; 48 deaths
Assumption: 231; 11 deaths
East Baton Rouge: 2,487; 199 deaths
East Feliciana: 145; 21 deaths
Iberville: 507; 38 deaths
Livingston: 293; 23 deaths
Pointe Coupee: 139; 16 deaths
St. James: 268; 22 deaths
Tangipahoa: 687; 30 deaths
West Baton Rouge: 124; 30 deaths
West Feliciana: 187; 7 deaths
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.
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 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.