NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting that there are now 103 positive cases of COVID-19, which is commonly known Coronavirus, in the state of Louisiana. Two deaths have been confirmed on Sunday, March 15.
At least 75 cases are in Orleans Parish. Jefferson Parish has 14 cases.
The numbers and locations are fluid as state health officials continue to update where the cases originated and where the patients are being treated.
Governor John Bel Edwards said Louisiana is getting hit harder than almost any other state in the nation.
“The latest number of cases out of Texas, for example, shows they have 39 cases and they have six times our population so, the biggest concern I have is that it appears when you look at the cases per capita, we’re number three or four in the country.”
He echoed what many local, state and federal leaders have been saying since the COVID-19 hit Louisiana: stop the spread by washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
“Every single person in the state has a role to play and the degree to which we are going to be successful is going to be determined by the percentage of people who comply with these precautions,” Edwards said.
COVID-19 also forced Edwards to shut down all public schools in the state starting on Monday. Edwards has also banned gatherings of more than 250 people. As festival season gets into full swing, many have had to cancel. See a full list here.
The outbreak has also had an impact on politics in Louisiana. The state is the first in the nation to push back the April 4 primary. It will be held on June 20. Municipal elections were also pushed back.
For confirmed infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Anyone who recently traveled to China, who experiences fever, cough, or other acute illness should contact a health care provider as soon as possible and mention your recent travel. Please call ahead and inform the health care provider about your travel history.
It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks. Take steps to avoid spreading germs from any respiratory diseases by:
- Getting a flu vaccine and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
- Covering your cough.
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Washing your hands.