LDH: More than 900 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday, 29 deaths

LDH: More than 900 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday, 29 deaths
Coronavirus update (Source: KCBD Graphic)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) -The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 160,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Friday, Sept. 18, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state:

  • 160,283 total cases (976 new cases)
  • 5,172 deaths (29 additional deaths)
  • 647 patients in the hospital
  • 104 patients on ventilators
  • 145,570 patients recovered (As of Sept. 16)

Gov. Edwards reminded residents that, “Phase 3 is not a lifting of all restrictions.”

According to CDC guidelines, these are the restrictions under Phase 3:

  • Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing.
  • Low-risk populations should still consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
  • Businesses can resume unrestricted staffing at worksites.
  • Visits to nursing homes and hospitals can resume.
  • Large venues such as restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues and churches will be able to operate under limited physical distancing protocols.
  • Bars may operate with increased standing room occupancy.

Gov. Edwards added that despite moving into Phase 3, the statewide mask mandate will remain in place.

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