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Thursday update: State COVID-19 cases jump; new labs reporting

LAPLACE — There were 838 of reported COVID-19 cases and 77 deaths in St. John the Baptist Parish on Wednesday, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. This marks an increase of 6 cases and no deaths since Wednesday’s report. 

St. Charles Parish has 618 reported cases and 43 deaths, while St. James has 289 reported cases and 24 deaths. 

Statewide, there are 36,504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across all 64 parishes. This marks an increase of 1188 cases since Wednesday’s report.  The Louisiana Department of Health reports that 682 cases or 62% of these are from labs that are reporting for the first time. Some of these cases date back as far as March 25.

There were 2,506 deaths statewide as of Thursday, which was an increase of 21 since Wednesday’s report. The first death in the state was reported on March 14. 

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there are 884 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state. Of these patients, 107 are on ventilators. 

The state is now reporting that 26,249 people who have tested positive are presumed to have recovered as of May 16.

This data is updated daily at noon. 

Governor John Bel Edwards announced effective May 15, the Stay at Home Order was lifted and Louisiana entered the phase one reopening.
Vulnerable individuals should still stay at home as much as possible and not gather.
Under Phase One:
– Restaurants allowed to offer dine-in services but must limit indoor table service to 25% of their capacity.
-Churches, gyms, movie theaters and places of worship can open with 25% capacity.

-Barber shops, nail salons, hair salons and bars that offer food service, casinos and video poker, museums, zoos and aquariums can operate at a 25 percent of their normal capacity.

St. John curfew has been lifted.

St. John Sheriff, Mike Tregre, announced the overnight curfew put into place April 1 in St. John the Baptist Parish expired as the parish moved to Phase One under the White House COVID-19 guidance.  This removes the Stay at Home order for Louisianans and allows additional businesses to open under strict occupancy, protection and social distancing guidelines.