Louisiana: 698 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths reported Friday, Sept. 25

Louisiana: 698 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths reported Friday, Sept. 25
Bars are starting to reopen as several parishes meet the criteria to re-open following guidelines laid out during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: WVUE FOX 8)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 163,900 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Friday, Sept. 25, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state.

  • 163,928 total cases - 698 new cases
  • 5,262 total deaths - 21 new deaths
  • 570 patients in hospitals - decrease of 5 patients
  • 86 patients on ventilators - decrease of 6 patients
  • 149,640 patients recovered - no change

The state, with the exception of Orleans Parish, has entered Phase 3 of Coronavirus recovery.

Restaurants, churches, salons, spas, gyms and other businesses will be able to open at a maximum of 75 percent of their occupancy, with social distancing in place.

Parishes with a positivity rate of 5 percent or lower for two consecutive weeks may opt-in to open bars for on premises consumption.

Last Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on premises sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars.

Bars will be able to open at 25% capacity, up to 50 people, indoors for customers seated for tableside service. They may have no more than 50 customers outdoors, socially distanced, seated for tableside service. No live music will be allowed. All drinks must be ordered at the table and delivered by bar staff to the table.

Indoor social gatherings, like weddings or receptions, will be limited to the lesser of 250 people or 50% capacity of the facility. Outdoors, crowd sizes are limited to 50% capacity, up to 250 people, if people will be in close proximity and social distancing is not possible. Casinos will stay at 50% capacity.

Click here to read the new order.

On Friday, Sept. 18, the governor said Louisiana would work to implement new federal guidance to expand nursing home visits.

The new guidance allows nursing homes to conduct outdoor visitation with social distancing. Nursing homes located in parishes with no more than 10 percent test positivity and without any new onset of COVID cases in the last 14 days can allow indoor visitation.

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