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State surpasses 32,000 cases of COVID, 22,608 have recovered

The state of Louisiana has seen more than 32,000 cases of COVID-19 during this year’s pandemic, but more than 22,000 of those cases have presumably recovered, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The LDH said at noon Tuesday that there had been 32,050 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 2,281 deaths. On Monday, there had been 31,815 cases and 2,242 deaths reported.

The increase between Monday’s statewide update and Tuesday’s update was an additional 235 cases and an additional 39 deaths.

The LDH also reported Tuesday that there are 22,608 presumed recovered cases of COVID-19, as of its May 10 update.

A person is presumed to have recovered if:

  • It has been more than 14 days, since he/she tested positive and he/she is not currently in the hospital or deceased (when hospital status is known), or
  • It has been more than 21 days, since he/she tested positive and he/she is not deceased (when hospital status is unknown).

The previous report was released on May 2, with 20,316 presumed recovered cases — a difference of 2,292 additional recoveries.

According to the LDH’s Tuesday report, the state had 1,320 hospitalized COVID-19 patients and 146 of those patients required ventilators. On Monday, the state reported 1,310 hospitalizations and 157 ventilators in use.

The number of patients on ventilators is the lowest it has been since March 24, when the state reported 94 ventilators in use — that was also the first day in which the state reported that statistic.

Washington Parish had reported 347 cases and 26 deaths, according to the Tuesday update. On Monday, the parish had reported 342 cases and 26 deaths.

There had been 1,477 cases in St. Tammany Parish, with 141 deaths (an additional 41 cases and five deaths compared to Monday), and 679 cases in Tangipahoa Parish, with 29 deaths (an additional nine cases and an additional single death compared to Monday).

There had been 2,228 COVID-19 tests reported from Washington Parish, as of Tuesday’s update. That is an increase of an additional 54 tests, compared to Monday’s report.

In Tuesday’s update, the LDH said that 9,894 tests had been completed by the state laboratory, and an additional 218,118 tests had been reported from commercial laboratories — a total of 228,012 tests. The state had reported a total of 220,830 tests in Monday’s update.

Comparing deaths to cases, the state reported 32,050 cases and 2,281 deaths — a ratio of 7.1 percent. Comparing overall tests to cases/positive tests, the state reported 228,012 tests and 32,050 cases — a ratio of 14 percent.

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