State COVID-19 case count jumps more than 1K

Published 12:15 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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The number of reported cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana increased by more than 1,000 over a recent 24-hour period, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The LDH reported at noon Tuesday that there had been 5,237 cases reported, and 239 deaths. On Monday at noon, there had been 4,025 cases reported and 185 deaths.

The increase between Monday’s update and Tuesday’s update was 1,212 additional cases and 54 additional deaths.

As of Tuesday, there had been 60 parishes that had reported at least one case of COVID-19, out of 64 parishes in the state. There had been 28 reported cases in Washington Parish, with one death — the state had reported 22 cases in its Monday update.

There had been 220 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with four deaths, and 25 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with no deaths.

The LDH said at noon Tuesday that there had been 3,469 tests completed by the state laboratory, and another 35,498 tests reported to the state by commercial labs. That is a total of 38,967 tests — there had been 34,033 tests reported in Monday’s update.

Out of the total of 38,967 tests reported Tuesday, 13.4 percent were positive for COVID-19. As of Tuesday, there had been 5,237 cases reported compared to 239 deaths reported — a ratio of 4.6 percent.

The state also reported that there were 1,355 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals, with 438 of those patients on ventilators.

The state’s Tuesday report also provided more detailed data on the parish level. In Washington Parish, there have been 169 tests reported and 28 positive cases — a ratio of 16.6 percent. There has been one death along with those 28 cases — a ratio of 3.6 percent.

The LDH releases updated statistics each day at noon. For complete statistics, visit the LDH online at