Second COVID-19 coronavirus death reported in Louisiana

South Carolina health officials say six people have tested presumptive positive for coronavirus.
South Carolina health officials say six people have tested presumptive positive for coronavirus.(LMC)
Updated: Mar. 15, 2020 at 1:23 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (KSLA) - A second person has died from COVID-19, according to Governor John Bel Edwards. The 53-year-old New Orleans resident, with underlying medical conditions, was being treated at Touro Hospital.

"Sadly, we have lost our second Louisianan to COVID-19,” said Gov. Edwards. “We ask the state to join us in sending prayers to the family members and friends who are going through this difficult time. As the number of positive cases continues to rise, we need every person to take the necessary actions to help reduce the spread of this virus. It is an extremely serious situation that demands all of our attention. Our elderly and those with chronic health conditions are the most vulnerable, but we all need to act responsibly and look out for ourselves and our neighbors.”

Although older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, everyone can become exposed to COVID-19 and must be vigilant to protect their health.

Some of the serious chronic health conditions include: heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, according to the CDC.

Please take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.

  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoiding close contact with others
  • And staying home if you are sick

There are currently 103 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Cases are being monitored in multiple parishes.

Follow this link for the latest developments: Coronavirus Coverage

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