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State passes 19,000 COVID-19 cases

The state of Louisiana has surpassed 19,000 reported cases of COVID-19, according to statistics released Friday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The LDH said at noon Friday that there had been 19,253 reported cases of COVID-19, and 755 deaths. On Thursday at noon, there had been 18,283 cases and 702 deaths reported.

Washington Parish had reported 136 cases and seven deaths, according to the Friday update. On Thursday, the parish had reported 119 cases and eight deaths — it was not immediately clear why there was a decrease in the number of deaths.

As of Friday, there had been 63 parishes that had reported at least one case of COVID-19, out of 64 parishes in the state. The increase between Thursday’s statewide update and Friday’s update was an additional 970 cases and an additional 53 deaths.

There had been 825 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 27 deaths, and 305 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with six deaths.

The LDH said at noon Friday that there had been 5,159 tests completed by the state laboratory, and another 87,121 tests reported to the state by commercial labs — a total of 92,280 tests. There had been 86,919 tests reported in Thursday’s update.

The state also reported that there were 2,054 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals, with 479 of those patients on ventilators. Thursday’s report listed 2,014 patients and 473 ventilators in use.

There had been 379 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Thursday’s update.

Friday’s update included a decrease in the number of additional cases, compared to the previous day. The state’s caseload increased by 1,857 cases in Monday’s report, by 1,417 cases in Tuesday’s report, by 746 cases in Wednesday’s report, by 1,253 cases in Thursday’s report, and by 970 cases in Friday’s report.

The state’s death count rose by 70 on both Tuesday and Wednesday, by 50 on Thursday, and by 53 on Friday.

Comparing deaths to cases, the state reported 19,253 cases and 755 deaths — a ratio of 4.1 percent. Comparing overall tests to cases/positive tests, the state reported 92,280 tests and 19,253 cases — a ratio of 20.9 percent.

The LDH releases updated statistics each day at noon. For complete statistics, visit the LDH online at ldh.la.gov/coronavirus.