• 72°

State: More than 37,000 patients have recovered from COVID-19

Although the state of Louisiana has reported more than 47,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, more than 37,000 of those patients have recovered from the disease, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The LDH reported Tuesday that there are 37,017 presumed recovered cases of COVID-19, as of its June 14 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 June 6, with 33,904 presumed recovered cases — a difference of 3,113 additional recoveries.

The total number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic is 47,706, which means more than 77 percent of all patients have recovered from COVID-19. So far, there have been 2,930 deaths — a fatality rate of 6.14 percent.

The state said Tuesday that there had been 47,706 cases of COVID-19 reported, with 2,930 deaths. On Monday, there had been 47,172 cases and 2,906 deaths reported.

The increase between Monday’s statewide update and Tuesday’s update was an additional 534 cases and an additional 24 deaths. However, the LDH noted that Tuesday’s update included a backlog of 148 cases, the majority of which date back to mid-April.

The 24 new deaths reported Tuesday broke a streak of 10 straight days of 20 or fewer new deaths. There were 29 new deaths reported on June 5, and every day from June 6-15 was 20 or fewer (13, 11, six, 13, 11, 19, nine, eight, 10 and five).

The single highest day for deaths since the start of COVID-19 pandemic was April 14, when there were 129 new deaths reported.

The LDH said at noon Tuesday that the state had 588 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and 77 of those patients required ventilators. On Monday, the state reported 568 patients and 76 ventilators in use.

The numbers of hospitalizations and ventilators in use have fluctuated in recent days, but overall show declines since the start of the month. On June 1, there were 661 hospitalized patients and 86 of those patients required ventilators.

The peak number of hospitalized patients was 2,134 on April 13. The peak number of ventilators in use was 571 on April 4.

Washington Parish had reported 556 cases and 43 deaths, according to the Tuesday update. The parish also reported 5,943 COVID-19 tests.

In Tuesday’s update, the LDH said that 28,144 tests had been reported from the state laboratory, and an additional 504,573 tests had been reported from commercial laboratories — a total of 532,717 tests. The state had reported a total of 518,725 tests in Monday’s update — a difference of 13,992 tests.

Gov. John Bel Edwards will decide later this month if Louisiana will move to “Phase Three” of re-opening, after the current order expires on Friday, June 26.

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