Here you can get the latest information on the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Louisiana and resources to be prepared and keep your family safe.
Here are the latest Louisiana coronavirus numbers:
LDH has discontinued the daily update on Saturdays.
Here are today’s numbers:
- 430,100 cases.
- 369,948 of total cases are confirmed cases, 60,152 are probable cases.
- 1,502 new cases reported.
- 9,608 total deaths
- 8,923 are confirmed deaths and 685 are probable deaths.
- 21 new deaths reported
- More than 408,000 presumed recovered.
- 630 patients in the hospital, with 91 of those on ventilators.
- 5,969,278 total tests completed and reported to state *includes molecular and antigen testing.
What’s New: Week of Feb. 22, 2021
The U.S. will cross a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined.
COVID-19 trends may be encouraging in recent weeks — but a new forecast offered a grim reminder the U.S. is not in the clear.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that it’s “possible” Americans will still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect against COVID-19, even as the US may reach “a significant degree of normality” by the end of this year.
Health experts have said that data so far has shown that COVID-19 vaccines prevent symptoms of the virus — but a new study suggests that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines may also prevent infections.
How does Louisiana compare to other states?
What are the COVID-19 restrictions in Louisiana?
Louisiana is currently in a revised Phase 2 plan.
The state is mandating a 25% occupancy rate with social distancing and masks mandated for sporting events.
There can be up to a 50% occupancy rate with social distancing and masks mandated for:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Restaurants, coffee shops and cafes
- Casinos and video poker
- Non-essential retail
There can be up to a 75% occupancy rate with social distancing and masks mandated for churches and places of worship.
Bars in parishes with a greater than 5% positivity must close to indoor consumption. They can allow outdoor seating up to 50 people, seated and spaced out and masks mandated.
Bars in parishes with 5% or below positivity can allow indoor consumption up to 25% occupancy seated and spaced out. Outdoor consumption is encouraged and masks mandated.
The positivity rate numbers are expected to be released Wednesday. Gov. Edwards is expecting many parishes to cross the 5% positivity rate threshold.
For gathering sizes at event centers, it is limited indoors to 25% occupancy with masks required, up to 75 people.
For outdoor events, limited to 25% occupancy, masks required, up to 150 people where social distancing is not possible.
Schools will remain open.
It will be in effect for 28 days.
I live in Louisiana. What states in the country can I travel to?
There are no travel restrictions in the state at this time.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19/coronavirus?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the symptoms you should watch out for:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about the virus.
Should I get tested for COVID-19? Where can I get a test in Louisiana?
The CDC recommends that you should consider taking a COVID-19 test if you:
- have symptoms of COVID-19.
- have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local/external icon or state health department.
To get a test in Louisiana, call 211 or your health care provider.
The CDC recommends calling your primary care doctor or using telemedicine instead of showing up with COVID-19 symptoms at a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital.
The FDA has also approved a test for COVID-19 that you can take at home. The test kits are available for purchase on Amazon with a turnaround time for results of 24 to 72 hours after the sample is shipped and received.
Emergency care for COVID-19 symptoms
The CDC says to look for emergency warning signs for coronavirus. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all possible symptoms. Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Who is most at risk for coronavirus?
Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the virus.
Flu or COVID-19. What’s the difference between them?
Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. That’s when testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. The CDC says it seems COVID-19 spreads more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms of COVID-19 and people can be contagious for a longer period of time than the flu.
Another difference is there is a vaccine to protect against the flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.