La. presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 grows to 36, with most in New Orleans area

Coronavirus updates by the Louisiana Dept. of Health.
Coronavirus updates by the Louisiana Dept. of Health.(KPLC)
Updated: Mar. 13, 2020 at 4:51 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - As of Friday afternoon, the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed 36 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, including 26 Orleans Parish residents.

  • Jefferson: 3
  • St. Tammany: 2
  • Terrebonne: 1
  • St. Charles: 1
  • St. Bernard: 1
  • Lafourche: 1
  • Caddo: 1

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference in New Orleans on Friday afternoon. Edwards said there are 9 presumptive positive cases at Lambeth House, a retirement, independent and assisted living facility in Uptown New Orleans.

There are also two couples who possibly have the disease and those are the clusters that are active in Orleans Parish.

Cantrell said the city is looking at possibilities in case hospitals see a “surge" in patients. The city is looking at the old VA Hospital and the possibility of setting up tents for treatment in the event of a surge in hospitals.

Test kits are being picked up three to four times daily because the area has the most cases in the state.

The first case was reported in New Orleans on Monday. Louisiana has not reported any death related to coronavirus.

St. John the Baptist Parish reported that resident tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, however, it is unclear if this is part of the 36 cases.


More than 1,600 people have tested positive for the disease in the U.S., and 41 people have died as of Friday morning. Five states are closing all schools as a precaution.

Meantime, more than 132,000 people around the world tested positive for coronavirus.


For confirmed infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.


Anyone who recently traveled to China, who experiences fever, cough, or other acute illness should contact a health care provider as soon as possible and mention your recent travel. Please call ahead and inform the health care provider about your travel history.

It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks. Take steps to avoid spreading germs from any respiratory diseases by:

  • Getting a flu vaccine and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • Covering your cough.
  • Staying home if you are sick.
  • Washing your hands.

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