The Louisiana Department of Health officials are reporting 10,297 positive cases of coronavirus in Louisiana on Friday, an increase of 1,147 from Thursday's numbers.
In the 12-parish Capital region, the total cases have broken 1,000 and nearly doubled since Monday to 1,002, while in East Baton Rouge Parish, they are approaching 400, the latest state data show.
As of Friday's noon update, 370 people have died across the state and 20 in East Baton Rouge Parish due to the COVID-19 illness caused by the coronavirus. The death tally of East Baton Rouge residents is an increase of two from Thursday, according to the parish Coroner's Office.
Across the Capital region, the 12-parish area extending from Pointe Coupee Parish to Tangipahoa Parish to St. James Parish had 34 deaths, state figures show, but, with the added deaths tallied by the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office, the regional figure rose to 41.
The state's figures on COVID-19 deaths have lagged what some coroners are reporting.
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East Baton Rouge Parish had 389 diagnosed coronavirus cases as of midday Friday, a nearly 20% increase over Thursday's tally, which itself had represented a major bump as results from backlogged test were returned.
Ascension Parish continued Friday to have the second highest total of cases in the region, with 222, a situation local officials have attributed to extensive testing in the parish.
Since Tuesday, the number of cases in East Baton Rouge has risen nearly 71%, while across the Capital region they have risen 66% over the same three-day period as batches of tests have been completed.
Gov. John Bel Edwards drew attention to the completed backlog of tests on Thursday, but testing numbers provided by the state show significant numbers of finished tests in the Baton Rouge area began coming in a day or two sooner.
Figures for completed tests in a given parish don't necessarily have a direct tie to the number of positive cases in that parish, but the recent increase in finished tests has come along with an increase in new cases across the region.
Since Tuesday, the Baton Rouge region has had 1,377 tests completed, bringing the total to 6,445 and a 27% increase in finished tests.
Those numbers, however, pale in comparison to more heavily affected parishes, like Orleans Parish, and even smaller urban parishes, like Caddo Parish, that have been able to have more tests completed for reasons that aren't fully clear.
Orleans Parish has had 13,885 tests finished as of Friday, about double the number finished across the Baton Rouge region and about four times the number finished in East Baton Rouge, which has had 3,382 finished.
Caddo Parish in north Louisiana has had 10,046 tests finished as of Friday, about 1½ times the number finished in the Baton Rouge region.
Other Baton Rouge-area parishes with smaller, but still sizable, case totals have seen faster growth in cases than Ascension or East Baton Rouge has in recent days.
Cases in Iberville Parish have risen 131% since Tuesday, rising from 35 to 81 in three days even though the west bank of the Mississippi River has lacked a drive-thru testing site as East Baton Rouge and Ascension have had for a few weeks.
Ochsner Health system officials plan to have their first a one-day, drive-thru clinic in Plaquemine on Saturday.
In Livingston Parish, which hasn't had a lot of in-parish testing and has lacked a drive-thru site so far, case totals have risen 74% since Tuesday, up from 23 to 40.
A drive-thru site is expected to open in Walker on Monday.
Completed tests in Livingston and Iberville haven't broken 160 in either parish, while, in Ascension, completed tests are approaching 1,300.
Positive test numbers are based on where the patient lives, state health officials said. But the completed test totals reflect any test given in a parish, regardless of where the patient lives.
That means that in larger, more urban parishes with big medical communities, completed test numbers likely include a sizable number of people who live outside the parish where the test was given.
There are currently 1,707 hospitalized coronavirus patients in Louisiana; 535 of them are on ventilators.