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On April 1, Louisiana’s health department reports a total of 6,424 cases of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, across the state. The state added 1,187 cases overnight. This is just shy of the previous report's addition of 1,212 cases. Over the last two days, Louisiana added 2,399 cases. Just a week ago, on March 25, Louisiana reported 1,795 total cases.

*Reported COVID-19 patients in hospitals: 1,498 (490 of those on ventilators.)

273 deaths have been reported statewide. That includes a 17-year-old from Orleans Parish. 97% of people who died in Louisiana as of March 29 had some kind of underlying health condition, health officials said. The top reported conditions were diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and obesity.

  • Pulmonary (12%)
  • Cardiac (21%)
  • Diabetes (40%)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (23%)
  • Chronic Liver Disease (2%)
  • Immunocompromised (4%)
  • Neurological (6%)
  • Obesity (25%)
  • No Underlying Conditions (3%)

The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported over two months ago, in mid-January. Since then, the U.S. has reported over 180,000 cases, including over 4,000 deaths. Over 7,000 recoveries are reported. Get the latest numbers here.

Cases in Northeast Louisiana

As of April 1, the official reported Louisiana COVID-19 case count includes 80 cases in Ouachita, 13 cases in Lincoln, 11 cases in Union, 4 cases in Jackson, 2 cases in La Salle, 2 cases in Morehouse, 1 case in Winn, 3 cases in Richland, 1 case in Madison, 5 in Franklin, 1 in East Carroll, 5 in Concordia, and 3 cases in Catahoula. (If a case number went down, health officials say the patient's parish of residence was determined to be something other than what was originally given.)

Grayson PD reported a COVID-19 case in Caldwell Parish. This is not reflected in the state's numbers. Louisiana officials warn that even if there are no reported cases in your area, COVID-19 is likely already in your area. They say the lack of positive cases in rural parishes is likely due to a lack of testing.

The report says one death has been reported in Ouachita and one death has been reported in Catahoula. The state reports the Ouachita resident was 56 years old. They say the Catahoula resident was 38. Sterlington police say a resident with underlying conditions died on March 22.

New totals will be released each day at noon.

You can see the parish-by-parish breakdown on an interactive map by scrolling down. If you would like to see the number of cases worldwide or in specific countries, you can do so by clicking here.

Deaths by Age Group

As of April 1 at noon, the LDH COVID-19 dashboard showed:

  • 1 death among individuals below 18
  • 1 deaths among individuals ages 18-29
  • 8 deaths among individuals ages 30-39
  • 15 deaths among individuals ages 40-49
  • 40 deaths among individuals ages 50-59
  • 45 deaths among individuals ages 60-69
  • 163 deaths among individuals ages 70+

Cases by Age Group

As of April 1 at noon, the LDH COVID-19 dashboard showed:

  • 53 positive cases among individuals below 18
  • 632 positive cases among individuals ages 18-29
  • 1,027 positive cases among individuals ages 30-39
  • 1,228 positive cases among individuals ages 40-49
  • 1,334 positive cases among individuals ages 50-59
  • 1,138 positive cases among individuals ages 60-69
  • 1,012 positive cases among individuals ages 70+

These group numbers are based on the graph below. It will be updated as LDH releases more information.

Parish-by-Parish Breakdown

60 parishes are affected. Again, officials warn that even if your parish is not counted among the affected, COVID-19 is likely in your area.

The following interactive graphic shows the latest number of reported coronavirus cases in Louisiana. It is from the La. Dept. of Health and will be updated. (Click here if it doesn't load.)

PLEASE NOTE: The Louisiana Department of Health will update its website daily at noon.

Until Sunday, March 15, cases that returned a positive result were classified as presumptive positive. They remained that way until confirmed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

The CDC later noted that lab tests have proven to be reliable and CDC confirmation is no longer needed. Now, if a case is returned positive, it does not have to get a second confirmation.

Testing begins in-state, at hospitals or at private laboratories.

Patients suspected of infection are assessed by staff first. The staff then requests a state courier come pick up a sample that’s sent to a state lab in Baton Rouge for testing.

The First 20 Deaths

The state reported a 58-year-old with underlying health conditions being treated at Touro Infirmary in Orleans Parish died Saturday, March 14, marking the first death in Louisiana. The second death was an Orleans Parish resident who was a 53-year-old individual with underlying medical conditions. The patient was being treated at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.

A third person was an 84-year-old from Lambeth House in Orleans Parish. The fourth death was reported on Tuesday. This was an 80-year-old individual who also lived at Lambeth House. The fifth death, an Orleans Parish resident, was a 98-year-old individual who lived at Lambeth House. The sixth death, also an Orleans Parish resident, was a 92-year-old individual who lived at Lambeth House.

The seventh death was a 72-year-old Jefferson Parish resident. The eighth was a 60-year-old individual who lived in St. James Parish. The ninth and tenth deaths are a 44-year-old Orleans Parish resident with underlying medical conditions and a 91-year-old resident of Lambeth House.

A 44-year-old Orleans Parish resident with underlying medical conditions and a 91-year-old resident of Lambeth House mark the ninth and tenth deaths, state officials said on March 19. On March 20, they reported the death of a Mississippi resident in Louisiana. They say that death will be accounted for in Mississippi's numbers.

The deaths of a 38-year-old Catahoula Parish resident, a 77-year-old Jefferson Parish resident, a 72-year-old Orleans Parish resident, and a 49-year-old Orleans Parish resident were reported March 20. They make the 11th-14th deaths. All had underlying medical conditions.

The 15th and 16th deaths were reported early Saturday, March 21. They were a 77-year-old Orleans Parish resident and a 53-year-old Orleans Parish resident.

Later on March 21, the deaths of an 83-year-old Orleans Parish resident, a 50-year-old Orleans resident, a 77-year-old Jefferson Parish resident and a 90-year-old Orleans Parish resident were reported. All aside from the 83-year-old individual had underlying medical conditions.