As of noon, Friday, May 29, there are 38,802 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, which is five more than the day before, according to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH). Additionally, there are 28,700 presumed recovered and, 2,661 reported deaths. 714 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized with 90 of those on ventilators. To date, 355,027 residents have been tested. Louisiana’s estimated population is 4.6 million.
Natchitoches Parish positive cases today remain steady 157, as do deaths at 13, and 1,896 residents have been tested. The parish’s estimated population is 38,000.
Sabine Parish positive cases also remain at 41 with no deaths and 1,031 residents have been tested. The parish’s estimated population is 24,000.
Vernon Parish positive cases are the same at 25 and deaths remain steady at three. A total of 1,374 residents have been tested. The parish’s estimated population is 47,000.
Nationwide totals are 1.77 million positive cases with 381,000 presumed recovered and 104,000 deaths. According to the COVID Tracking Project 15.646 million people in the US have been tested for the virus. The U.S. estimated population is 328 million.
Globally, there are 5.87 million positive cases with 2.46 million presumed recovered and 362, 000 deaths. The world estimated population is 7.7 billion.
LDH has issued a press release warning about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. MIS-C is similar to Kawasaki disease, another rare inflammatory disease that affects about 5,500 children in the United States a year.
The cause of MIS-C is unknown but many children with this condition had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19, according to LDH. In Louisiana, 13 cases and one death of a young person have been reported.
Among the 13 cases in Louisiana:
–The age range is 0-19 years old.
–The median age is 11 years old.
–six of the patients are female and 7 are male.
–four are currently hospitalized and 8 have been discharged.
–In terms of race, seven are African American, three are white and thred fit in the other category.
–In terms of ethnicity, two are Hispanic and 11 are non-Hispanic.
The CDC defines a case as MIS-C when:
–The patient is under the age of 21, with a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, and severe illness involving more than two organs that requires hospitalization; AND
–No other plausible diagnoses; AND
–Positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to a confirmed case, within the four weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.