As of noon Friday, July 3, there are a total of 63,289 reported cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana since the start of the pandemic, according to the Louisiana Department of Health website. Louisiana had its first confirmed case on March 9.
The positive cases by age group are 8,847 in the 70 and over age group, 7,937 0 in the 60-69 age group, 9,758 in the 50 -59 age group, 9,795 in the 40 to 49 age group, 10,259 in the 30-39 age group, 12, 865 in the 18-29 age group, and 3,595 in the under 18 age group.
Furthermore, 56 percent of the positive cases are women and 42 percent are men, and in two percent of the cases the gender is other or unknown.
Additionally, 784,142 residents have been tested and 43,026 are presumed recovered. A person is presumed recovered if it has been 14 days a since that person tested positive and that person has been released from the hospital, or it has been more than 21 days since a positive result and hospital status is unknown. Presumed recovered counts are updated weekly. Currently, statewide 842 folks are hospitalized with 93 of those on ventilators.
The state death toll is 3,170 with 2,157 of those in the 70 and over age group, 560 in the 60-69 age group, 273 in the 50-59 age group, 110 in the 40-49 age group, 56 in the 30-39 age group, 11 in the 18-29 age group and three under the age of 18.
Natchitoches Parish positive cases total 319 with 14 reported deaths and 4,920 residents tested.
Sabine Parish positive case total 94 with one death 3,046 residents tested.
Vernon Parish positive cases total 164 with eight deaths and 4,379 residents tested.
In the United Sates, there are 2.8 million confirmed cases with 857,000 presumes recovered and 131,000 deaths. According to the COVID tracking project, 34.2 million Americans have been tested.
Worldwide, there are 10.9 million cases with 5.77 million presumed recovered and 521,000 deaths.
Today, Friday, July 3, Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Pelican superstar Zion Williamson jointly released a new public service announcement encouraging Louisianans to wear a mask or face covering when out in public as the state continues to see the number of new COVID-19 cases rise.
“COVID-19 is clearly not done with Louisiana, and I want to thank Zion and the New Orleans Pelicans for doing their part to help slow the spread and encouraging all Louisianans to do the same. It’s up to all of us to do our part, and the three best and easiest things we can do to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus is to wear a mask when in public, practice social distancing and wash our hands frequently,” Gov. Edwards said. “There is much more of the virus throughout our state, and as we head into this holiday weekend it is critical that we not forget or ease up on the mitigation efforts we know work. Together, being good neighbors to one another, we will slow the spread and save lives.”
“We still have a lot of work to do in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana,” Williamson said. “I want to thank Governor Edwards for his leadership and remind everyone to wear your mask and stay safe.