State has reported more than 200,000 COVID-19 tests

Published 12:04 pm Thursday, May 7, 2020

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The state of Louisiana has reported more than 200,000 tests for COVID-19, according to statistics released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

In Thursday’s update at noon, the LDH said that 8,913 tests had been completed by the state laboratory, and an additional 191,854 tests had been reported from commercial laboratories — a total of 200,767 tests. The state had reported a total of 194,672 tests in Wednesday’s update.

The LDH said Thursday that there had been 30,652 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 2,135 deaths. On Wednesday, there had been 30,399 cases and 2,094 deaths reported.

The increase between Wednesday’s statewide update and Thursday’s update was an additional 253 cases and an additional 41 deaths.

Washington Parish had reported 308 cases and 24 deaths, according to the Thursday update. On Wednesday, the parish had reported 298 cases and 24 deaths.

There had been 1,415 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 124 deaths (an additional nine cases and an additional four deaths compared to Wednesday), and 635 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with 26 deaths (an additional four cases and an additional single death compared to Wednesday).

There had been 1,877 COVID-19 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Thursday’s update. This was an increase of 107 tests compared to Wednesday.

On Thursday, the LDH reported that the state had 1,432 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, and 189 of those patients required ventilators. On Wednesday, the state had reported 1,465 hospitalized patients and 187 ventilators in use.

The state of Louisiana also reports the number of “presumed recovered” cases of COVID-19. In Thursday’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. For complete statistics, visit the LDH online at