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Franklin Parish seeing uptick in COVID-19 cases

Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 6:29 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - As of Aug. 10, Franklin Parish has reported 938 total cases of COVID-19. According to officials, almost 200 of those were added in the last two weeks.

Jeff Toms, Region 8 Administrator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health, said that’s a huge increase. However, they’re not seeing an uptick in deaths.

Toms said the new cases don’t seem to be coming from congregate settings like nursing homes or correctional facilities. Rather, it seems to be from community-wide spread.

“Which is why it’s so important to follow the guidelines that we keep hearing over and over. Wear your mask, stay six feet apart, avoid large crowds, wash your hands frequently, and know outdoor activity is definitely a lower risk than indoor activity,” he said.

The Louisiana Department of Health shows the parish has 18 deaths, 6,768 commercial tests, and 3,963 state tests at the time of writing.

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