LDH: More than 4,814 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday with addition of testing backlog

LDH: More than 4,814 new cases of COVID-19 reported Friday with addition of testing backlog
(Source: WFIE)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) -The Louisiana Dept. of Health is reporting more than 216,000 cases of Coronavirus in the state.

As of Friday, Nov. 20, the Louisiana Department of Health reported the following cases for the state.

  • 216,709 total cases (4,814 new cases)
  • 6,233 deaths (34 additional deaths)
  • 929 patients in the hospital
  • 88 patients on ventilators
  • 185,960 patients recovered (as of Nov. 16)

*The Louisiana Department of Health say that 2,538 of the new cases reported are from a backlog of testing.

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 and keep its current COVID-19 mitigation measures in place for another 28 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday. The Governor’s Phase 3 order has been extended until Friday, Dec. 4.

“The mitigation measures we have in place are slowing the spread of COVID and saving lives and now is not the time to let up,” Gov. Edwards said. “All Louisianans need to continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID in our state and keep hospitalizations down so that we do not risk our ability to deliver health care to our people.

We have now seen several consecutive days of increasing hospitalizations, and last saw this many people in the hospital in mid-September. As we move into the holiday season, it is important that people do not let their guard down. We have seen COVID spread because of small, private gatherings at people’s homes and everyone should be focused on minimizing their risk and protecting their loved ones.”

The City of New Orleans has moved into a gradual version of Phase 3 in its continued efforts to reopen the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase 3.3 went into effect Wednesday, Nov. 11.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the city said “it’s been a week of concerning trends. The uptick in COVID cases in the New Orleans area comes from small parties, and is community spread.”

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