The number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana continues to rise Friday morning, according to newly-released data from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Health officials are now reporting a total of 479 positive cases of coronavirus in Louisiana. Seven of those cases are in Baton Rouge.
Here are the updated numbers as of 9:30 a.m. Friday:
Ascension Parish - 2
East Baton Rouge Parish - 7
Iberville Parish - 1
Livingston Parish - 1
West Baton Rouge Parish - 2
Eleven people have died.
The eleventh death was reported in St. Tammany Parish early Friday morning. The patient was a 63-year-old Mississippi man being treated at a Slidell hospital, parish officials said Friday. He is the parish's first known COVID-19 death.
St. Tammany's death is not yet included in the official LDH numbers but parish officials confirmed the coronavirus-related death Friday morning.
On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a dire warning about the rapid spread of the virus: Without a change in the trajectory of the virus, it could overwhelm the state’s ability to provide health care in short order.
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Officials said everything is on the table as they scramble to boost the number of health care workers, hospital beds and equipment like masks and ventilators to prepare for a rising tide of cases.
“This is early, but our trajectory is basically the same as what they had in Italy,” Edwards said during a news conference in Baton Rouge. “And if there’s anything I said today that ought to get people’s attention, it’s that.”
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