Coronavirus count continues climb
Following the recent trend, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana jumped by nearly 1,000 again Thursday.
As of noon Thursday, the number of coronavirus cases reported in the state increased by 938, bringing the number of cases in Louisiana to 53,415.
The number of virus-related deaths increased by 12, bringing that total to 3,051 since March.
The Louisiana Department of Health reported 1,356 new cases on Tuesday and another 882 on Wednesday, a trend Gov. John Bel Edward calls “disturbing.”
Locally, Acadia Parish added another 19 confirmed cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the parish to 745. Twenty-one new cases were reported Wednesday by LDH.
To date, 35 people have died in Acadia due to the virus. That’s no change since Wednesday.
Edwards said the state is “headed in the wrong direction” as the coronavirus continues a two-week spike in Louisiana.
Edwards signed an executive order Thursday that extends the state’s Phase 2 reopening for 28 days. His current proclamation expires today.
“The numbers make it crystal clear why we’re not (moving to Phase 3),” Edwards said. “We’re just not ready. The trends are very concerning.”
The governor said Louisiana has moved from No. 10 per capita in cases to No. 7 this week.
He and Louisiana Department of Health Public Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry again emphasized the importance of taking precautions to stem the spread of the infection like social distancing and wearing masks.
“We know if you wear this mask you’re going to minimize exposure,” Guidry said.
“In the grand scheme of things, it’s not asking to much,” said Edwards of wearing masks.
Edwards’ current order and his new one doesn’t mandate mask wearing for the general public, but it does require employees of businesses who interact with customers to wear masks.
The governor said the state remains focused on intensive testing.
“We still have a lot of work today and testing is a huge component of that work,” he said.
Edwards said the increase in cases can’t be solely attributed to more testing.
“Our percent positive remains under the 10 percent goal, but is going up to 7 percent and that increase is concerning,” he said.
“It tells us without a doubt the virus is spreading in our community.”
June 25 / La. Dept. of Health
• Acadia - 745 cases (up 19 from Wednesday), 35 deaths (no change)
• Evangeline - 146 cases (up 6), 1 death (no change)
• Iberia - 570 cases (up 35), 43 deaths (up 1)
• Jeff Davis - 283 cases (up 33), 7 deaths (no change)
• Lafayette - 1,723 cases (up 69), 37 deaths (up 1)
• St. Landry - 540 cases (up 10), 57 deaths (no change)
• St. Martin - 606 cases (up 20), 26 deaths (no changes)
• St. Mary - 415 cases (up 5), 37 deaths (up 1)
• Vermilion - 185 cases (up 10), 5 deaths (no change)