COVID-19 UPDATE: 50 new deaths in state; Northshore, makes up 10% of La. cases, deaths

Northshore doctor speaks during Governor Press Conference

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that federal surge testing for COVID-19 shows that 25-40% of those who tested positive are asymptomatic.

“The mask is a proxy for a test result,” he said. Surge testing in the New Orleans area will continue through next Friday.

The governor quickly yielded the floor to Region 9 Medical Director Dr. Gina LaGarde, who oversees the coronavirus fight on the Northshore. LaGarde said that the area accounted for about 10% of the state’s positive tests and deaths.

She spoke about her cousin who passed away on April 3 from COVID-19. It was her son’s birthday. She was 63.

“Wearing a mask might have saved my cousin, this was before we knew this.”

The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 127,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Thursday, August 6, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state:

  • 127,246 positive cases - increase of 1,303 cases
  • 4,028 deaths - 50 new deaths
  • 1,457 patients in the hospital - decrease of 14 patients
  • 215 patients on ventilators - decrease of 8 patients
  • 89,083 patients recovered

LaGarde said that the incidence of COVID-19 is decreasing, but hospitals are in need of nurses. They have hospital beds, ventilators and other critical equipment.

She said 1,400 people were tested at surge sites in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes.

Meantime, Edwards said he was pleased the court upheld his order on mandated masks and bar closures on Thursday. Edwards said that he is not only authorized to make such mitigation measures, but when it comes to the health of citizens, he is obligated to do it.

The governor also said he is “disappointed” the state will have to pay the 25% cost share for the National Guard assistance. As of now, Texas and Florida are the only two states that do not have to pay the 25%. He will be asking the Louisiana congressional delegation for assistance.

The state is paying about $2.5 million a month for help from the guard. For the continued help through December it will cost approximately $10 million. The guard has been assisting in testing food drives and more.

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