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State reports more than 1,800 total deaths from COVID-19

The state of Louisiana has reported more than 1,800 deaths due to COVID-19, although the number of new deaths fell compared to yesterday, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

On Wednesday at noon, the LDH said that there had been 27,660 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 1,802 deaths. On Tuesday, there had been 27,286 cases and 1,758 deaths reported.

The increase between Tuesday’s statewide update and Wednesday’s update was an additional 374 cases and an additional 44 deaths. Tuesday’s update reported an additional 218 cases and an additional 61 deaths.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients continued to fall.

On Wednesday at noon, the LDH reported that the state had 1,629 patients in hospitals, and 244 of those patients required ventilators. On Tuesday, the state had reported 1,666 hospitalized patients, and 244 ventilators in use.

Washington Parish had reported 261 cases and 18 deaths, according to the Wednesday update. On Tuesday, the parish had reported 256 cases and 18 deaths.

There had been 1,205 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 108 deaths, and 549 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with 21 deaths.

There had been 1,344 COVID-19 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Wednesday’s update.

The state has also begun reporting the number of “presumed recovered” cases. Its first update was on April 22, when it reported 14,927 such cases. Wednesday’s report listed 17,303 presumed reported cases as of April 26 (Sunday).

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