State surpasses 2,000 COVID-19 deaths

Published 12:01 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health said that there had been 29,996 cases of COVID-19 reported in the state, with 2,042 deaths. On Monday, there had been 29,673 cases and 1,991 deaths reported.

The increase between Monday’s statewide update and Tuesday’s update was an additional 323 cases and an additional 51 deaths.

Washington Parish had reported 292 cases and 23 deaths, according to the Tuesday update. On Monday, the parish had reported 291 cases and 21 deaths.

There had been 1,369 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 118 deaths (an additional 28 cases and an additional two deaths compared to Monday), and 605 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with 23 deaths (an additional 17 cases and an additional zero deaths compared to Monday).

There had been 1,687 COVID-19 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Tuesday’s update.

On Tuesday at noon, the LDH reported that the state had 1,512 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, and 194 of those patients required ventilators. On Monday, the state had reported 1,502 hospitalized patients and 220 ventilators in use.

Tuesday’s update was noteworthy, as it was the first time in more than a month that the state has reported fewer than 200 COVID-19 patients on ventilators. On March 25, there were 193 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

Also in Tuesday’s update, the LDH said that 8,616 tests had been completed by the state laboratory, and an additional 179,615 tests had been reported from commercial laboratories — a total of 188,231 tests. The state had reported a total of 180,931 tests in Monday’s update.

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