CORRECTION: This story has been revised to reflect that Sunday’s numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health included Saturday and Sunday. A previous version of the story included Friday’s numbers.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - There were 236 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Southwest Louisiana when the Louisiana Department of Health released updated numbers Sunday.
No additional deaths were reported in the area.
No numbers were released on July 4, due to the LDH observing Independence Day. Today’s numbers are an accumulation of Saturday and Sunday’s reported cases.
COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to increase. There are now 87 patients hospitalized from the virus in Region 5, which includes the five-parish area of Calcasieu, Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.
That number has more than doubled from 30 hospitalizations on June 25. At its peak in April, Southwest Louisiana had 46 patients hospitalized from the virus.
Statewide, COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 926.
Calcasieu reported 153 new cases, Allen reported 23, Beauregard 16, Cameron 2, and Jeff Davis 42.
Vernon Parish, which is in KPLC’s coverage area, but part of Region 6, reported 15 new cases.
Across the state, there were 1,937 new cases and 10 additional deaths.
Each death in Calcasieu suspected of being from COVID goes through a review process before a determination is made, said Charlie Hunter with the Calcasieu Coroner’s Office. Each case is independently reviewed by a certified death investigator, then the information - which includes the case report and a copy of the COVID-19 test - is submitted to Calcasieu Coroner Dr. Terry Welke, who makes the final determination.
ALLEN - 344 cases | 11 deaths | 180 state tests | 5,089 commercial tests
BEAUREGARD - 247 cases | 9 deaths | 47 state tests | 3,968 commercial tests
CALCASIEU - 2,153 cases | 59 deaths | 763 state tests | 27,284 commercial tests
CAMERON - 58 cases | 0 deaths | 1 state tests | 390 commercial tests
JEFF DAVIS - 461 cases | 9 deaths | 513 state tests | 6,296 commercial tests
VERNON - 179 cases | 8 deaths | 964 state tests | 3,487 commercial tests
STATE - 65,226 cases | 3,180 deaths | 39,152 state tests | 763,302 commercial tests | 926 COVID-19 patients hospitalized | 105 patients on ventilators | 43,026 patients presumed recovered.
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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.”
• 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.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH
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.