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 Monday, March 30, there were 4,025 cases of coronavirus in Louisiana. The state reported 185 people had died.
On Monday (March 30) morning, East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark confirmed three COVID-19-related deaths over the past 48 hours.
On March 28, Dr. Clark’s office investigated the death of a 33-year-old female resident of Baton Rouge who tested positive for the virus. The coroner confirms that she also suffered from more than one chronic condition.
The following day, the coroner’s office investigated the death of an 88-year-old female resident of Baton Rouge who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 24. This patient also suffered from more than one chronic illness.
On March 29 the death of a third patient who tested positive for COVID-19 was investigated. In this case, the virus took the life of a 73-year-old man from Baton Rouge who was diagnosed on March 23. He too suffered from more than one chronic condition.
These deaths bring the total number of COVID-19-related confirmed fatalities to 11 East Baton Rouge Parish residents, and 1 death of an out of state resident (MS) at a Baton Rouge area hospital.
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.