Caddo officials release information on Coronavirus case in the parish

Coronavirus case in NWLA

(KSLA) - The Caddo Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness has released further information regarding a presumptive positive case of the Coronavirus in the parish.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency on March 11. A total of 13 presumptive positive cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are in Louisiana at this time. Parishes with cases are Orleans, Jefferson, Iberia, St. Tammany, Caddo and Lafourche.

We currently have 13 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including 7 new cases today. We are expecting more cases in the coming days and weeks. As we learn more, we know that there is community spread in Louisiana and I am asking all Louisianans to remain vigilant and take important measures to protect their health and reduce the spread of illness. This is a constantly changing situation, and we have been working with our state and federal health officials for some time now. As we expect more presumptive positive cases, a declaration of public health emergency is necessary to allow state agencies to thoroughly prepare for any eventuality related to public health needs and deploy additional resources to assist local authorities.
John Bel Edwards

According to Caddo Parish officials, a middle-aged man with no risk factors and no history of travel was admitted to a hospital where he was tested for the Coronavirus.

“A positive test for COVID-19 was expected within Caddo Parish,” said Caddo Homeland Security Director/Sheriff Steve Prator, in a news release. “Elected officials and first responders are prepared and making decisions as the situation dictates. The best defense is good hygiene and common sense, and this too will pass.”

We knew it was probably here. We need to stay calm, and use our knowledge to protect ourselves, especially the elderly. There is no need to worry. We will be reaching out to you.
Dr. Martha Whyte, Regional Medical Director, Administrator for the Office of Public Health.

Whyte added that with the hospital’s help, the Office of Public Health will be contacting those who have had significant contact with the individual.

The risk to the general public is low, according to Whyte. None of the cases in Louisiana have resulted in death.

Presumptive cases are considered positive and will be double-checked by the CDC.

In an email from the office of the governor, state officials encourage Louisianians to take these steps to protect themselves and others:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick

Symptoms of the Coronavirus do include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that the symptoms of the Coronavirus may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

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