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State has reported more than 26,000 cases

The state of Louisiana has reported more than 26,000 cases of COVID-19, according to statistics released Friday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

On Friday, the LDH said that there had been 26,140 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 1,601 deaths. On Thursday, there had been 25,739 cases and 1,540 deaths reported.

The increase between Thursday’s statewide update and Friday’s update was an additional 401 cases and an additional 61 deaths.

Washington Parish had reported 232 cases and 14 deaths, according to the Friday update. On Thursday, the parish had reported 225 cases and 13 deaths.

There had been 1,131 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 91 deaths, and 508 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with 21 deaths.

The state saw a decrease in the number of hospitalized patients, but a slight increase in the number of those patients on ventilators.

On Friday at noon, the LDH reported that the state had 1,697 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, and 286 of those patients required ventilators. On Thursday, the state had reported 1,727 hospitalized patients, and 274 ventilators in use.

There had been 639 COVID-19 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Friday’s update.

The state has also begun reporting the number of “presumed recovered” cases. On Friday, there were 14,927 presumed recovered cases.

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