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State surpasses 30,000 COVID-19 cases

The state of Louisiana has reported more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the LDH said that there had been 30,399 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 2,094 deaths. On Tuesday, there had been 29,996 cases and 2,042 deaths reported.

The increase between Tuesday’s statewide update and Wednesday’s update was an additional 403 cases and an additional 52 deaths.

Washington Parish had reported 298 cases and 24 deaths, according to the Wednesday update. On Tuesday, the parish had reported 292 cases and 23 deaths.

There had been 1,406 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 120 deaths (an additional 37 cases and an additional two deaths compared to Tuesday), and 631 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with 25 deaths (an additional 26 cases and an additional two deaths compared to Tuesday).

There had been 1,770 COVID-19 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Wednesday’s update.

On Wednesday, the LDH reported that the state had 1,465 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, and 187 of those patients required ventilators. On Tuesday, the state had reported 1,512 hospitalized patients and 194 ventilators in use.

Also in Wednesday’s update, the LDH said that 8,660 tests had been completed by the state laboratory, and an additional 186,012 tests had been reported from commercial laboratories — a total of 194,672 tests. The state had reported a total of 188,231 tests in Tuesday’s update.

The state of Louisiana also reports the number of “presumed recovered” cases of COVID-19. In Wednesday’s report the total of presumed recovered cases was 20,316, as of May 2.

The LDH typically releases updated statistics each day at approximately noon. Wednesday’s update was delayed until 3:30 p.m., reportedly due to network issues.

For complete statistics, visit the LDH online at ldh.la.gov/coronavirus.