SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - One new death from COVID-19 and 24 new cases were reported in Southwest Louisiana and Vernon Parish on Monday by the Louisiana Department of Health.
In Region 5, Jeff Davis Parish reported one new death from COVID-19.
So far, for the month of August, Region 5 parishes have reported 88 deaths from COVID-19. Region 6′s Vernon Parish has reported 14 deaths. For the month of July, Region 5 reported 92 deaths from COVID-19 while Region 6′s Vernon Parish reported 13.
In the five-parish area of Region 5, 15 new cases were reported - seven in Calcasieu, three in Beauregard, one in Cameron, and four in Jeff Davis. Nine new cases were reported in Vernon Parish, which is in Region 6.
Statewide, 623 new cases and 18 new deaths were reported.
The Louisiana Department of Health estimates that 118,120 COVID-19 patients have recovered as of August 24, 2020.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections is reporting that 10 inmates at Allen Correctional Center are currently positive. All 10 are asymptomatic.
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 - 1,409 cases | 37 deaths | 777 state tests | 13,985 commercial tests
BEAUREGARD - 941 cases | 29 deaths | 92 state tests | 9,554 commercial tests
CALCASIEU - 7,284 cases | 178 deaths | 989 state tests | 68,207 commercial tests
CAMERON - 175 cases | 1 deaths | 4 state tests | 803 commercial tests
JEFF DAVIS - 1,120 cases | 34 deaths | 636 state tests | 14,142 commercial tests
VERNON - 898 cases | 36 deaths | 981 state tests | 10,354 commercial tests
STATE - 143,566 cases | 4,623 deaths | 1,772,481 total tests | 941 COVID-19 patients hospitalized | 152 patients on ventilators | 118,120 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.