COVID-19 IN SWLA: 18 new local cases reported

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COVID-19 IN SWLA: 18 new local cases reported

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Fifteen new COVID-19 cases were reported in the area when the Louisiana Department of Health released its numbers on Saturday.

No additional deaths were reported our six parish area.

Across the state, 497 new cases and 13 additional deaths were reported.

Seven new cases were reported in Calcasieu, three in Beauregard, two in Jeff Davis, two in Vernon, and one in Cameron parish..

Across the state, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized continues to drop, however the number of patients on ventilators rose by two. While on May 19 there were more than 1,000 patients hospitalized, there are now less than 600. There are now 77 COVID patients on ventilators in Louisiana, down from 563 on April 6.

ALLEN - 186 case(s) | 10 death(s) | 153 state tests | 1,443 commercial tests

BEAUREGARD - 102 case(s) | 4 death(s) | 23 state tests | 1,573 commercial tests

CALCASIEU - 632 case(s) | 51 death(s) | 529 state tests | 11,931 commercial tests

CAMERON - 9 case(s) | 0 death(s) | 1 state tests | 157 commercial tests

JEFF DAVIS - 89 case(s) | 7 death(s) | 438 state tests | 1,303 commercial tests

VERNON - 33 case(s) | 3 death(s) | 176 state tests | 1,566 commercial tests

STATE - 42,486 case(s) | 2,814 death(s) | 24,564 state tests | 403,505 commercial tests | 582 COVID-19 patients hospitalized | 77 patients on ventilators | 31,728 patients presumed recovered.

Click HERE for more. The state updates the website daily, at noon.



The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Calcasieu was reported on Thursday, March 19. Parish officials reported the first death from COVID-19 on Monday, March 23. It was also the first death from COVID-19 reported in Southwest Louisiana.


The Louisiana Department of Health reported the first two positive cases of coronavirus in Allen Parish on its website Monday, March 23. Both cases were at Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Two more cases were announced on Thursday, March 26.

Patrick Jones, 49, a prisoner at Oakdale FCC, died Saturday, March 28, from the virus. He complained of a persistent cough on Thursday, March 19, and was transported to a local hospital. He was placed on a ventilator on Friday, March 20.


Beauregard Parish reported its first positive case of COVID-19 on Saturday, March 21. Beauregard Parish officials said in a news release that they were advised by the state today that a test had come back positive. Read the full news release HERE.


One of the last parishes in Louisiana to report at confirmed case, Cameron Parish reported its first case of COVID-19 on April 7.

When Cameron reported its first case, Tensas Parish was the only parish with no confirmed cases.

“This has been expected and anticipated,” officials with the Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparation said in an email. “We encourage everyone to remain vigilant and do their part in decreasing the spread of infection by following CDC guidelines.”

These include:

• Practice social distancing.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Stay home if you are sick.


The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jeff Davis Parish was reported on Tuesday, March 24.


Representatives with Byrd Hospital in Leesville confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their facility on Saturday, March 21.

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